Feb. 25, 2011
Site: Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wake Forest Baseball Park)
Score: Georgetown 7, Northwestern 5
Records: NU (1-4), Georgetown (3-2)
Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 26 at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 5 p.m. CT
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Junior Paul Snieder homered and drove in three runs, but Northwestern fell victim to a late Georgetown rally, falling 7-5 Friday morning in a game hosted by Wake Forest University.
The Wildcats surged out to an early three-run advantage, tallying one run in the first and two more in the third off Georgetown starter Will Harris. With one out on the first, Kyle Ruchim reached on a three-base error and then came in to score on a groundout by Snieder.
NU extended its lead two frames later as Snieder capped three straight hits to open the inning by ripping an RBI single that plated Trevor Stevens. Chris Lashmet followed with a sacrifice fly to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead.
Northwestern starter Francis Brooke retired the first six batters he faced in order, but the Hoyas strung together four consecutive hits to begin the bottom of the third as they scored two runs to get within 3-2.
Georgetown took advantage of an error by the Wildcats in pushing across they tying run in the home half of the fourth. NU reclaimed the lead in the ensuing half-inning. With one away, Ruchim tripled and then scored on the play following an error by the Hoyas' center fielder. Snider followed by ripping his first home run of the season to give Northwestern a two-run advantage.
However, Georgetown capitalized on a Wildcat miscue in the fifth in tying the game again. After the leadoff batter reached on an error, Rand Ravnaas hit a two-run homer to even the game at 5-5.
replaced Brooke on the mound to start the bottom of the seventh, but Northwestern played a big role in helping the Hoyas take the lead. With runners on the corners and two outs, a walk loaded the bases before a passed ball gave Georgetown the lead. Following a hit batter, another walk gave Georgetown an insurance run.
The Wildcats got a leadoff walk in the top of the ninth, but were unable to rally to tie the game.
Ruchim scored three runs for Northwestern, while Snieder drove in three. Both players collected two hits.
Northwestern returns to action at 5 p.m. Central time Saturday as it takes on host Wake Forest.
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