March 19, 2007
BRADENTON, Fla. - Northwestern's baseball team fell 13-2 to Jacksonville State Monday morning at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Gamecocks out-hit the Wildcats 19-4.The Wildcats are back in action at 1:30 p.m. (CT) Tuesday against Massachusetts.
The Gamecocks jumped all over Wildcat starter Cole Livermore (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) in the second inning. After two singles in the first inning, JSU totaled seven runs on seven hits in the second inning. Six of the hits (all singles) came off Livermore before sophomore Matt Havey (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola) took over on the mound. Havey gave up a single before getting NU out of the inning.
Havey was exceptional in relief. The Illinois native pitched a career-high four and one-third innings, giving up one run on five hits. He struck out three and did not walk anyone in his sixth appearance of the season. He has a 2.70 ERA in 10.0 innings pitched so far this season.
California freshmen David Jensen (Whittier, Calif./Mater Dei) and Jonathan Purcell (Oceanside, Calif./Vista) each pitched scoreless innings. They gave up a combined three hits.
Classmate Matt Diedrich (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel) came on to pitch the ninth inning and did not fare as well as his fellow frosh. JSU scored five more runs (four earned) on five hits and were aided by two walks.
Offensively, Northwestern scored two unearned runs in the eighth inning after Jacksonville starter Donovan Hand pitched a scoreless seven innings. He gave up just three hits and struck out eight with one walk.
Junior Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) was the only Wildcat with multiple hits ending the day 2-for-3. He raised his season average to .442 (19-for-43). Freshman Jim Grieco (Glenview, Ill./Loyola) tallied his first collegiate RBI with an RBI groundout in the eighth inning. A passed ball by the Gamecock catcher allowed NU's second run to cross the plate.