The Northern Illinois baseball team is starting off conference play on the right foot.
NIU once again hit well early and defeated Buffalo, 9-3, at Ralph McKinzie Field on Saturday. The Huskies (7-12, 2-0 MAC) scored four runs in the first and three in the second to put away the Bulls.
Jordin Hood went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Hood's two hits were a double and a triple. He also reached base four times.
"We have a good hitting team and I just think we got hot over the spring trip," catcher Matt Behren said. "I don't think we've gone through a bad stretch of hitting.
Nick Badgley went six innings, giving up two earned runs, striking out two and walking three. For more on him, be sure to check out Sunday's Daily Chronicle. NIU finishes its series with Buffalo at 1:05 p.m. on Sunday.
On a lighter note, if you've been to either one of NIU's home games so far, my bet is you've gotten a kick out of the music that plays when Behren walks up the plate for an at-bat. It's Harry Belafonte's 1961 hit, "Jump in the line."
"I don't know, Brian Smith and Pat Minogue picked it for me," Behren said with a laugh. "They thought it would be funny. We're sticking with it for now."
It also reminds me of a favorite movie from my childhood...