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    NU Drops Southern Miss, Falls to South Alabama

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Head coach Paul Stevens and the 'Cats went 1-1 Saturday at the Coca-Cola Classic.
    Head coach Paul Stevens and the 'Cats went 1-1 Saturday at the Coca-Cola Classic.

    Feb. 22, 2003

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    MOBILE, Ala. - Northwestern's Dan Konecny (Ripon, Wis./Ripon) pitched 7.1 innings, giving up one run on six hits, walking one and striking out four to lead Northwestern to a 5-1 victory, today, at Stan Dale Field, in Mobile, Ala., in game one of the Coca-Cola Classic. NU fell to host South Alabama, 15-7, in game two.

    Konecny (2-0) earned his second win, and Dan Brauer (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South) picked up his second save of the season, pitching the final 1.2 innings, giving up two walks and striking out three. Ken Padgett (Littleton, Colo./Araphoe) led the Wilcats with two hits and five others had one hit each.

    The Widcats scored once in the second and third innings, and then added three runs in the ninth for insurance. Dan Pohlman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) hit a solo homer to account for the run in the second inning. David Gresky (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) reached on a three-base error by Clint King and then scored when Brandon Ackley (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) doubled down the right field line.

    Padgett reached in the ninth inning on a throwing error by shortstop Matt Benson. He moved to second on Jon Mikrut's (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) sacrifice bunt to Golden Eagle pitcher John Nicholas. After Josh Lieberman (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) was hit by a pitch, Eric Roeder (Onsted, Mich./Onsted) doubled down the left field line, scoring Padgett and pushing the lead to 3-0. Mark Ori (Niles, Ill./Maine South) singled to left field, driving in Lieberman from third and Roeder from second.



    The Wildcats scored five runs on seven hits and had no errors, while the Golden Eagles finished with one run on six hits and committed two errors.

    The Wildcats could not repeat their performance against the Jaguars. Up 5-4 heading into the bottom of the fifth, NU surrendered five runs in USA's half of the inning, giving the Jaguars all the runs they would need. Starter J.A. Happ (Peru, Ill./St, Bede Academy) allowed eight runs, seven earned, in 4.1 innings pitched.

    The 'Cats hit the ball well, led by Gresky's 2-for-3 day. The junior homered and drove in three runs. However, USA capitalized on four NU errors to secure the win.

    Northwestern, 3-1 on the season, wraps up play Sunday against St. John's. The opening pitch is slated for 11 a.m.