March 24, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. -
Northwestern's baseball team scored two runs in the first inning and one more in
the fifth to hold off a surging Dartmouth team and post a 3-2 win Thursday afternoon. Sophomore
George Kontos (Lincolnwood, Ill./Niles West) and senior Chris Hayes (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest)
held the Big Green to two runs (only one earned) and helped NU improve to 7-7 on the season.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, scoring two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first
inning. Freshman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) got things going, knocking a leadoff
single up the middle. After a groundout that moved Owens to second and a strikeout, senior Jon
Mikrut (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) laced a line-drive single to right center field, scoring Owens and
giving the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.
Catcher Pat McMahon (Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) followed with a sharp single to left, putting runners
on first and third with two outs. Left fielder Anthony Wycklendt (Glendale, Wis./Nicolet) hit NU's
third-straight single, slapping a ground ball through the right side. That hit scored Mikrut and
gave NU its 2-0 lead.
While Kontos put runners on base in each of the first five innings, the right-hander did not give
up a run until the fifth. Dartmouth's first run reached base by error and scored on a one-out
single up the middle.
Following the Big Green run in the top of the fifth inning, the Wildcats responded with what would
turn out to be a much-needed insurance run in the bottom half.
Owens led off the bottom of the fifth inning with his second triple of the season, tattooing a 3-1
pitch over the right fielder's head. A slow groundball just past the Big Green pitcher off the bat
of Mark Ori (Niles, Ill./Maine South) allowed Owens to cross the plate and give NU a 3-1 edge.
Kontos cruised through the sixth and seventh innings before allowing a base hit and hitting a
batter to start the eighth inning. Hayes relieved Kontos and immediately induced a groundball for
out number one, with the runners advancing to second and third. A throwing error by Hayes allowed
the next Big Green hitter to reach base and a run to cross the plate. Two more groundball outs
ended the Dartmouth threat.
Hayes, who allowed just a hit in the ninth, picked up the save, his second of the season.
Kontos earned his third victory of the season, which upped his record to 3-1. He pitched seven-plus
innings, striking out six and walking one.
Owens was the only Wildcat with multiple hits, ending the game 2-for-4 and scoring two runs. Ori,
Mikrut and Wycklendt each tallied a RBI in the game. Wycklendt and Ori lead the team with 11 RBI each.
NU is next in action when it plays a doubleheader Friday, with game one beginning at 8:30 a.m.
(CST) against Vermont.