March 4, 2012
Site: Port Charlotte, Fla. (South County Regional Park)
Score: Northwestern 14, Chicago State 6
Records: NU (3-7), Chicago State (0-6)
Next NU Event: Thursday, March 8 -- at UIC (Chicago, Ill.), 5:05 p.m.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Northwestern head coach Paul Stevens earned career victory No. 600 Sunday afternoon as the Wildcats opened up the Snowbird Classic with a 14-6 victory over Chicago State.
Stevens is currently in his 25th season as the head coach of the Wildcats.
NU jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Geoff Rowan brought home Jack Havey with a run-scoring groundout and Cody Stevens and Luke Dauch each hit RBI singles.
The Cougars would tie the score with three unearned runs in the top of the fourth against freshman Brandon Magallones, but Northwestern answered right back. With runners at second and third with one out, Cody Stevens drove in his second run of the day with a groundout before Kyle Ruchim and Zach Morton hit RBI singles to make it 6-3.
The Wildcats distanced themselves from Chicago State in the fifth as they batted around and scored six runs to stretch their lead to nine. Each of the first five batters in the inning posted hits as Rowan drove in one with a single, Colby Everett came off the bench to notch a two-run double and Cody Stevens plated his third run of the day in as many at-bats. After the Cougars finally recorded an out, Ruchim added one more run-scoring single prior to Morton driving in the sixth run of the frame with a sacrifice fly.
That was more than enough run support for Magallones who went the first five innings, allowing seven hits and three runs (none earned) and three walks while striking out four to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Ethan Bramschreiber worked a perfect sixth inning before Chicago State got another unearned run in the seventh. Northwestern would complete its scoring in the bottom of the eighth as Everett posted his second two-run hit of the contest.
The Cougars wrapped up the game's scoring with two runs in the top of the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Wildcats picked up their third win of the season.
Ruchim led NU with three hits, while Everett, Havey, Rowan, Cody Stevens and Nick Linne added two apiece as the Wildcats pounded out 19 hits as a team.
Northwestern returns to action Thursday when it opens a three-game series at UIC.
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