Feb. 23, 2013
| Nashville Doubleheader
| Game One Score
|| NU 4, NKU 3
| Winning Pitcher
|| Brandon Magallones, 1-1, 4.63 ERA
| Game Two Score
|| SLU 10, NU 4
| Winning Pitcher
|| Clay Smith, 2-0
| Box Scores
|| Game One | Game Two
|| NU 3-2, NKU 1-5, SLU 3-2
| Next NU Event
|| at Lipscomb (Nashville, Tenn. | Dugan Field), Sunday, Feb. 24, 3 p.m. CT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Northwestern earned a split of a doubleheader against two different foes Saturday at historic Shelby Park in Nashville, Tenn. The Wildcats toppled Northern Kentucky, 4-3, in the opener before falling to Saint Louis in the nightcap, 10-4.
Northwestern moves to 3-2 overall on the season and 2-1 on its current trip to the Music City. Northern Kentucky slides to 1-5, while the Billikens improve to 3-2.
NU 4, NKU 3
Northwestern produced its most prolific offensive inning to date in the top of the third Saturday. Antonio Freschet and Trevor Stevens each singled and scored when Zach Morton launched a towering home run over the left field fence. The Wildcats added another tally in the frame to take a 4-0 lead when Jack Havey doubled following Morton's blast and scored on a single to left center field by Luke Dauch.
The Norse countered with a three-run inning of their own in the bottom half. Josh Myers deposited a three-run home run off Brandon Magallones to nearly the same spot Morton's landed. That made the score 4-3 in Northwestern's favor after three innings of play.
The right-handed duo of Magallones and Ethan Bramschreiber took care of the rest as they shut down the Norse over the final six innings of the game. Magallones picked up his first win of the season as he scattered just six hits over 7.0 IP, allowing only the three-run home-run in the third. He also struck out out four, while walking only one.
Bramschreiber came on in relief of Magallones to pick his first save of the season. The junior tossed two scoreless innings and struck out three NKU batters, including Brandon Wood to end the ballgame.
Havey went 3-4 in the opening game and he has now reached base safely in all five games that NU has played this season (including Saint Louis). Dauch and Morton also added two hits apiece in the first game. Morton now leads Northwestern with three multi-hit games in 2013
SLU 10, NU 4
A trio of multi-run innings by Saint Louis doomed the 'Cats in their third game in 24 hours. The Billikens scored three times in the second, four more in the fourth and three again in seventh to build a sizable 10-0 lead. Northwestern clawed its way back with four runs in the top of the ninth inning, but the deficit was too steep to overcome.
Matt Portland made his collegiate debut on the mound for NU. The left-hander went 2.2 IP, allowing three runs during that span. He also struck out three, however three walks, two balks and a hit batsmen did not help his cause.
Portland was relieved by Nick Friar, who covered the next 4.0 IP in the game. The junior struck out four Billikens, but he was also hampered by a pair of walks and three hit batsmen in the ballgame, including two in a row with the bases loaded.
Friar's classmate Jack Livingston finished the game on the mound for Northwestern in his first appearance of the season in that spot. The tall right-hander allowed only one hit and struck out three in 1.1 scoreless-IP.
Northwestern's ninth-inning rally started when the leadoff batter, Zach Jones, reached on an error by the SLU second baseman. After moving to second base on a wild pitch uncorked by Derek Mazzio, the outfielder scored on a single to left field by Nick Linne.
Linne moved to second on a single up the middle from Cody Libman. Pinch-hitter Jack Mitchell came to the plate next and all he did was belt a mammoth three-run home run deep into the Nashville night. It was Mitchell's first collegiate home run in just his third at-bat. The San Diego, Calif., native is batting .667 with a double, home run and five RBI in three at-bats as a Wildcat.
Linne had two hits Saturday, his first multi-hit effort of the season.
NU will conclude its four-game trip to the Music City Sunday afternoon at Lipscomb. Luke Farrell will be on the mound for the Wildcats and he'll be opposed by Will Blalock for the Bisons. The first pitch from Dugan Field is slated for 3 p.m.
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