March 4, 2007
ARLINGTON, Texas -
New Mexico State broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth inning with four runs and went on to defeat Northwestern 11-6 Sunday afternoon at the University of Texas-Arlington's Clay Gould Ballpark. The loss drops NU to 2-7 on the year and 0-3 for the weekend. Freshman Jake Goebbert was 3-for-4 with two RBI in the loss. The Wildcats are next in action when they travel to Bradenton, Fla., for their annual spring break trip. Game one of the eighth-game trip is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 17.
New Mexico State got on the board first with a single first-inning run. A two-out double scored on a soft single to centerfield. Wildcat starter Dan Schwartz (New York, N.Y./Northern Valley Regional) did pick a runner off of first base during the inning.
Northwestern scored an unearned run in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game 1-1. Freshman first baseman Jake Goebbert (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) dropped a lazy single into left and went to second on an errant pickoff throw to first base. After a wild pitch put Goebbert on third, catcher Chad Noble (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
After an intentional walk to designated hitter Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) to load the bases in the bottom of the third inning, Goebbert took full advantage and knocked the first pitch he saw into right field. His second hit of the game plated two runs and put NU ahead 3-1 after three innings. A leadoff double by Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine), a walk to Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) and Mule's walk loaded the bases.
NU extended its lead to 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Newman singled home Noble from second. Noble led off the inning with a single to left and went to second on a wild pitch.
The lead was short-lived.
New Mexico State put up a 3-spot in the top of the fifth inning. Two of the three runs were unearned as an outfield error ended up scoring a pair of Aggie runs.
The Aggies went ahead 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning. Three two-out singles plated the run.
NMSU moved ahead 6-4 with a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning.
Northwestern tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when pinch-hitter Geoff Dietz (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) and third baseman Tony Vercelli (Wilmington, Ill./Wilmington) each came around to score. Dietz singled and Vercelli doubled in their at-bats.
Senior Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) moved from his left field position to take over pitching duties to start the eighth inning. Schwartz pitched a career high seven complete innings. He gave up six runs (four earned) and struck out six. Schwartz's seven innings was the longest outing by a Wildcat pitcher this season.
Fields gave up for runs in the eighth inning and one more in the ninth on four hits, including a three-run home run.
Northwestern did not threaten in the ninth inning.