March 22, 2003
BRADENTON, Fla. -
Northeastern Box Score in PDF Format
Army Box Score in PDF Format
Northwestern opened its eight-game Spring Break trip with a doubleheader split against Northeastern and Army Saturday afternoon in Bradenton, Fla. NU lost Game 1, 2-1, to Northeastern and won Game 2, 3-0, over Army. The win over Army snapped a five-game losing streak, dating back to March 7 at New Mexico.
In Game 1, junior right-hander Dan Konecny (Ripon, Wis./Ripon) pitched his first complete game of the season, giving up two runs on five hits in the loss. Northeastern had only 25 at-bats in the game, which are four over the minimum in a seven-inning contest. With the complete game, Konecny has gone at least six innings in all five of his starts this season.
After hitting the Huskies leadoff hitter in the foot, Konecny gave up two singles to load the bases in the bottom of the first inning. With no outs, a walk plated the first Northeastern run followed by a Konecny induced groundball double play, allowing the runner from third to score. Konecny recorded the first of his nine strikeouts to end the threat. He gave up two hits in the final five innings of the game.
Offensively, junior Dan Pohlman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) went 2-for-3 with the Wildcats only RBI of the game. Senior Eric Roeder (Onsted, Mich./Onsted) and freshman Mark Ori (Niles, Ill./Maine South) each singled in the game as Northeastern's pitcher limited the Wildcats to four hits in the game.
Senior Brandon Ackley
(Carmel, Ind./Carmel) walked to lead off the second inning, moving over to second on a passed ball. Ackley advanced to third on Travis Tharp's
(Boulder, Colo./Boulder) groundout to first base. Pohlman came up and singled off the third baseman's glove to plate Ackley and score NU's only run of the first game.
NU's 3-0 win over Army in Game 2 is its third shutout of the season as sophomore J.A. Happ (Peru, Ill./St. Bede Academy) went the distance on the mound. He struck out 10 and walked one in his first collegiate complete game. Happ threw 92 pitches and faced only 23 hitters in the game, retiring the first 13.
Between the two games, Konecny and Happ gave up two runs, struck out 19 and walked two in 13 innings of work.
Offensively, NU scored a single run in three separate innings. With one out in the top of the second inning, Pohlman singled to center and after a Jon Mikrut (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) fly out to center, advanced to second on a passed ball. First-baseman Jason Krynski (Niles, Ill./Niles West) followed with a single to right, scoring Pohlman from second. Pohlman ended the day 4-for-7 with two runs scored and an RBI.
The 'Cats second run came in the fifth inning, as Roeder was hit by a pitch with two outs to start the rally. Ori singled through the left side, advancing Roeder to second base. Junior David Gresky (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) followed with a single to left field, bringing Roeder around from second and giving NU a 2-0 lead.
Pohlman led off the top of the sixth with a laser down the left-field line, good enough for his third double of the season. Pohlman advanced to third on Mikrut's bunt-single down the third base line and crossed the plate on Ken Padgett's (Littleton, Colo./Arapahoe) sacrifice fly to center.
Overall, the Wildcats had eight hits with Pohlman and Mikrut having two each.
NU is next in action when they have a rematch with Northeastern at 10:30 Sunday morning.