Feb. 27, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -
Arby Fields and Quentin Williams paced a 16-hit attack with three hits apiece as Northwestern won its second consecutive game at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge Saturday afternoon, downing Rutgers 7-5.
Francis Brooke gave the Wildcats (2-4) a solid performance on the mound, working eight strong innings, allowing four runs, only one of which was earned. Matt Gailey recorded the final two outs of the game to earn his first collegiate save
Following a lengthy rain delay that pushed back the start of the contest, NU jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second inning as Williams socked a two-run homer off Rutgers starter Dennis Hill. The lead grew to 3-0 in the third as Chad Noble went yard for the second time this season.
The top of the order got the job done for Northwestern in the fifth as Trevor Stevens started the frame with a triple and Fields followed with an RBI single to increase the Wildcat lead to four runs.
A Northwestern error to begin the bottom of the fifth opened the door for the Scarlet Knights to get on the board as Steve Nyisztor's two-out, two-run double cut the Wildcat lead in half.
The teams traded solo tallies in each of the next two frames as Chris Kontos ripped his first collegiate homer in the top of the sixth before Rutgers answered with another unearned run in the bottom half of the frame.
The Naimoli Complex continued to serve as NU's private launching pad in the seventh as Chris Lashmet connected for the Wildcats' fourth homer of the contest, a solo blast that made it 6-3.
Jaren Matthews would connect for a round-tripper for Rutgers in the bottom of the seventh to get the Scarlet Knights back within two, but Fields pushed the lead right back to three in the top of the eighth with his second run-scoring hit of the contest.
Michael Jahns replaced his fellow sophomore Brooke to start the night, but allowed a double and a one-out RBI single to get the tying run to the plate for Rutgers. However, Gailey was able to come on to slam the door as he recorded a pair of strikeouts sandwiched around a walk to secure Northwestern's second straight Challenge win.
Northwestern closes out play at the Big Ten/Big East Challenge at 9 a.m. Central time as it takes on Seton Hall. Live streaming video of the contest can be accessed via collegebaseball360.com.