The 2012-13 academic year was a memorable one for Northwestern. Over the past several weeks, we have celebrated the conference championships, noteworthy wins and significant milestones that the Wildcats accumulated during the past year. Be sure to follow along at NUsports.com as we unveil the top moment of the year tomorrow!
|Moment No. 2
|Date||April 20, 2013|
|Location||Wrigley Field | Chicago, Ill.|
|Original Story||Wildcats Win Big at Wrigley Field|
|Social Media||@NUCatsBaseball | Northwestern Baseball|
|Top 20 Countdown||Northwestern's Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 Countdown|
On a chilly February morning in the Windy City, Northwestern Athletics and the Chicago Cubs announced an innovative, multi-year event and reciprocal marketing partnership that will showcase a wide range of Wildcats athletic programs at historic Wrigley Field over the next several years. The Friendly Confines will play host to Northwestern in a myriad of sports including soccer, lacrosse and football. The most logical event to begin with, of course, was a baseball game to be held in the spring.
April 20 was a cool, but calm day in Chicagoland as NU head coach Paul Stevens brought his Wildcats 10 miles south to take on the Michigan Wolverines at Wrigley Field. The ballpark was buzzing with students, alums, families and friends ready to settle in for an exciting evening of Big Ten baseball. What ensued that evening was a 6-0 triumph for Northwestern and, more importantly, an unforgettable night at the ballpark for not only the players and coaches on the field, but also for the nearly 4,200 fans in attendance.
Senior Luke Farrell got the nod on the mound and the 6-foot-6-inch right-hander more than rose to the occasion for the 'Cats. Michigan entered the weekend in first place in the Big Ten and Farrell turned them back with authority behind a complete-game shutout in which he struck out nine and surrendered just three hits. He retired the first 12 hitters he faced in order and did not issue a base-on-balls the entire night.
Playing under the lights, Farrell's teammates provided plenty of offensive support in the six-run victory. Second baseman Zach Morton delivered RBI doubles in his first two-at bats and scored two runs of his own against U-M. Farrell's batterymate, Jake Straub, had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Wildcats.