Ruchim collects four hits, including three doubles
2012: Joined Kyle Ruchim as the only two Wildcats to appear in and start all 54 of the team's games ... Ranked first on the team with five home runs and 27 walks and was third with 24 RBI ... Hit safely in 11 straight games from March 3-20 and reached base in 18 consecutive contests from Feb. 18-March 20 ... Drove in four runs in a victory over Pittsburgh (2/18) ... Homered in two games of a three-game series at UIC (3/8-10) ... Went 3-for-4 in a victory over Eastern Illinois (3/16) ... Collected three hits vs. No. 19 Purdue (4/7) ... Drew three walks and was hit by a pitch in a win over Milwaukee (4/17) ... Set a school record with his 18th career save, tossing two scoreless innings against Chicago State (4/24) ... Notched two hits and scored a run vs. Notre Dame (5/15).
2011: Second-team All-Big Ten selection as a designated hitter ... Team leader with six home runs, 42 RBI, 26 walks and a .523 slugging percentage ... Named to the watch list for the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award ... Appeared in 48 games, starting 47 ... Saw action in 21 games on the mound, posting team bests of five saves and a 2.88 ERA ... Batted .393 (24-61) during the month of April, including hitting safely in 15 straight contests ... Went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI vs. Georgetown (2/25) ... Scored twice, drove in three runs and went 2-for-4 with two walks in a win at Saint Louis (3/12) ... Scored three times and collected three hits in four at-bats at NC State (3/23) ... Pitched the final three innings, recording four strikeouts to pick up a save ... Picked up the win with 1/3 inning of relief vs. Dartmouth (3/20) ... Collected three hits in the home-opener vs. Valparaiso (3/30) ... In the last two games of the series at Ohio State (4/2-3), went a combined 5-for-7 with a home run, seven RBI and three runs scored ... Went 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored in a win over Penn State (4/12) ... Picked up a save and collected two hits in a win at Minnesota (4/17) ... Homered, doubled, scored two runs and drove in two in a victory over Purdue (4/23) ... Collected two hits, two runs scored and two RBI in a win over Illinois (4/29) ... Pitched three shutout innings of relief to earn a win over Illinois (4/29) ... Went 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBI in a victory at Indiana (5/7) ... Named Big Ten Player of the Week May 16 after batting .588 in four Wildcat victories, including six hits in eight-bats with a grand slam in a two-game series sweep of Michigan (5/13-14).
2010: ABCA All-Mideast Region and All-Big Ten first-team selection as a relief pitcher ... Appeared in all 56 games, making 55 starts ... At the plate, led the Wildcats with 76 hits, 15 doubles, 25 multi-hit games and a .540 slugging percentage ... Ranked second on the team with 7 home runs and 36 runs batted in and was third with a .353 batting average and 34 runs scored ... On the mound, tied a school season record with 12 saves ... Led the Big Ten with 7 saves in conference play ... Made a team-leading 25 pitching appearances, posting a 1.79 ERA and an opponents batting average of .177 ... Named to Dairy Queen Baseball Classic All-Tournament Team after going 5-for-10 with 5 runs scored (3/5-7) ... Posted three hits with a triple and a home run and three runs scored in a win over UMBC (3/20) ... Went 8-for-14 in a three-game series at Penn State (4/9-11) ... Collected a season-high four hits with two RBI and two runs against Minnesota (4/16) ... Enjoyed a five-game stretch during which all nine hits went for extra bases (6 doubles, 3 homers) from April 30-May 5 ... Homered twice in a series-clinching win at Illinois (5/2) and followed it up by socking a grand slam in a comeback win over Valparaiso (5/4) ... Ripped a dramatic three-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 9th inning to give the Wildcats an 8-6 win over Michigan State in the regular season finale, clinching a Big Ten tournament berth for NU in the process ... Also earned the victory on the mound in the contest, hurling two shutout innings ... Was scored upon only four times in 25 appearances on the hill.
2009: Started 36 contests and appeared in 46 overall during freshman season ... Ranked second on the team with six home runs ... Doubled, homered and drove in three runs vs. Massachusetts (2/28) ... Had two hits, including a homer, and notched a season-high four RBI at New Mexico (3/21) ... Hit a round-tripper and drove in two at Kansas State (3/25) ... Recorded two hits, two runs and three RBI in a win over Trinity International (4/14) ... Went 3-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored vs. Illinois (5/2) ... Ended the season in style against Michigan (5/16), collecting three hits including two home runs with the second giving the Wildcats a walk-off win.
High School: Named Star Bulletin Position Player of the Year as a junior and second-team all-state as a utility player as a sophomore and senior ... Member of a Punahou team that won state championships all four years ... Posted a .400 batting average as a senior and hit .382 as a junior ... On the mound, posted a career record of 20-3 to go along with four saves ... Tossed four innings of relief to earn the win in the state championship game as a sophomore ... All-tournament team selection at state tournament as a junior ... Hit a grand slam in senior all-star game ... Four-year letterwinner ... Named MVP of 2004 Babe Ruth World Series championship team and played on 2005 squad that finished second ... Punahou was named top high school athletic program in the nation in 2008 ... High school baseball coach was Eric Kadooka.
Personal: Born Paul Anthony Snieder ... Son of Tony and Anne Snieder ... Chose Northwestern over Cornell, Dartmouth, Santa Clara and Hawai'i ... Attended same high school as Barack Obama and Michelle Wie ... Major is mechanical engineering.