March 10, 2012
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Site: Chicago, Ill. (Les Miller Field)
Score: Northwestern 11, UIC 10
Records: NU (4-9), UIC (4-9)
Next NU Event: Friday, March 16 -- vs. Eastern Illinois (Winter Haven, Fla.), 9 a.m.
CHICAGO -- Paul Snieder and Walker Moses hit home runs as Northwestern held on for an 11-10 win over UIC in a slugfest at Les Miller Field Saturday afternoon.
Snieder took advantage of a strong breeze blowing out to center field in the top of the first as socked a solo home run to the opposite field over the scoreboard.
Luke Farrell got the nod on the mound for the Wildcats and worked around a two-out single to strike out the side in the bottom of the first.
After NU left the bases loaded in the top of the second, UIC got three runs in the bottom half to take the lead. The inning started with a bloop double that should have been caught but was lost by a pair of Wildcat outfielders in the sun and wind. Alex Jurich would record a two-run double while Ryan Shober added a run-scoring single.
Northwestern would answer right back, though, as it sent 13 men to the plate in the top of the third inning, scoring eight times on seven hits to take a 9-3 lead. Jack Havey and Jack Livingston had RBI doubles to tie the game before a throwing error on a ball hit by Geoff Rowan gave the 'Cats the lead. Cody Stevens followed with a run-scoring single before Zach Morton plated two with a bases-loaded hit to center. Havey would cap the scoring with his second RBI hit of the frame.
The Wildcats were unable to maintain the comfortable lead as the Flames got four runs in their half of the third to close back to within 9-7. A double and a pair of walks loaded the bases with one out before Cody Dykema collected a two-run single. A third walk marked the end of Farrell's day as Brandon Magallones came on in relief. He got a strikeout for the second out but a two-run double by Shober made it a two-run game.
NU got a run back against reliever Charlie Weinberg in the top of the fifth. Havey collected his third hit of the day with one away before later scoring from third on a wild pitch to push the Wildcats' lead to three.
UIC took advantage of the wicked wind blowing out of the park in the home half of the frame as Jurich hit a two-run shot before Nick Addison followed with a wind-aided one of his own to tie the game and mark the end of Magallones' afternoon.
The scoring spree continued in the top of the sixth as Moses used the wind to his advantage as he got one up in the jet stream for his first collegiate home run to give Northwestern the lead right back, 11-10.
Dan Tyson worked a perfect bottom of the seventh before Snieder did the same in the eighth. Jurich gave the Wildcats a scare in the eighth as his two-out shot had home run distance, but Livingston was able to get to the wall to reach up and snare what would have been a game-tying home run.
Northwestern had a chance to build on its lead in the top of the eighth, but it would leave the bases loaded for the third time. Snieder retired the first two batters in in the home eighth, but a single kept UIC alive. Kyle Ruchim came on to pitch and allowed a walk but got a flyout to left to leave a pair stranded.
The Flames got their leadoff man aboard in the ninth on a Northwestern error, but a bunt attempt was popped up for the first out before Rowan gunned down a pinch runner attempting to steal second. Ruchim then got a strikeout looking to nail down his third save of the season.
The Wildcats finished with a 14-11 advantage in the hit column paced by three apiece by Havey, Livingston and Moses. Tyson (1-1) picked up the win, posting a scoreless 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Northwestern returns to action Friday as it opens its spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla., with a 9 a.m. Central time contest against Eastern Illinois.
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