Feb. 18, 2012
Site: Clearwater, Fla. (Jack Russell Stadium)
Score: Northwestern 12, Pittsburgh 11 (10 inn.)
Records: NU (1-1), Pittsburgh (1-2)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 19 -- vs. Seton Hall (Dunedin, Fla.), Noon CT
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Paul Snieder drove in four runs, including the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning, as Northwestern rallied back from six runs down to defeat Pittsburgh 12-11 Saturday at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge.
Trailing 11-5 after six innings, the Wildcats chipped away at the deficit. With runners at second and third in the top of the seventh, Snieder hit a sacrifice fly to get NU within five.
After freshman Brandon Magallones struck out the side in the bottom half, the 'Cats would then tally five runs to tie the game in the eighth. With the bases juiced and no one out, pinch hitter Patrick Miller drew a walk to plate a run. Hamilton Wise followed with an RBI single to make it 11-8 before two runs scored following an error on a ball hit by Kyle Ruchim. Two batters later, Northwestern made it back to even when Snieder collected a run-scoring single.
The game remained tied through nine innings before the Wildcat pushed across the winning run in the top of the 10th. Wise started the frame with a single and moved to second on a wild pitch. The Panthers retired the next two hitters before Snieder came through with a hit to plate Wise.
Ruchim came on to pitch the bottom of the 10th and struck out the side in order to earn the save.
Nick Linne had three hits and scored three runs for NU, while Wise, Ruchim, Snieder and Luke Dauch had two apiece as the Wildcats pounded out 16 hits overall. Magallones earned his first collegiate win, settling in after a rough first inning to toss three straight scoreless frames after that.
Northwestern wraps up play at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge on Sunday as it faces Seton Hall in Dunedin, Fla.
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