March 24, 2007
Northwestern's baseball team swept a doubleheader from a pair of Ivy League schools -- Dartmouth and Harvard -- Saturday afternoon at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The Wildcats defeated the Big Green 12-2 and scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Crimson, 10-9, in game two. The two wins up NU's record to 5-11 on the season and 3-4 in Florida. Northwestern wraps up its spring break trip with a 9 a.m. (CT) Sunday contest against Dartmouth. Junior Jake Owens (pictured) was 7-for-8 with six RBI and four stolen bases in Saturday's two games.
GAME ONE: Northwestern 12, Dartmouth 2
A slow roller to second base off the bat of Jake Goebbert (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) allowed junior Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) to score from third base and gave NU a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game one against Dartmouth. Owens reached on a single and quickly stole second. After a dropped third strike moved him to third, Goebbert delivered his ninth RBI of the season.
The Wildcats went ahead 2-0 in the top of the third inning on Owens' infield single. Second baseman Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean) led off the inning with a single to center and stole second two pitches later. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to third, Owens beat out a full-swing bunt to score Finn from third.
Dartmouth got a run back in the bottom of the fourth inning on a two-out single off Wildcat starter Dan Schwartz (New York, N.Y./Northern Valley Regional). A one-out single moved to second on a groundout and scored on the first of two two-out singles.
Owens was in the mix again, this time in the sixth inning. Owens delivered a sacrifice fly to score left fielder Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) from third base. Newman was hit by a pitch and went to third on an errant pick off throw by the Dartmouth pitcher.
NU used a couple clutch two-out hits to score two more runs in the top of the seventh inning. Designated hitter Rob Campbell
(Bloomfield, Mich./Andover) hit a double to the right centerfield wall and was lifted for pinch-runner Mike Kalina
(Munster, Ind./Munster). Kalina was able to trot home after catcher Geoff Dietz
(Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) launched his first home run of the season over the 375 sign in right centerfield. His two-run round-tripper made the score 5-1 after six and one-half inning.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, three singles caused head coach Paul Stevens to make a call to the bullpen. Sophomore Matt Havey (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola) entered the game with one out and the bases loaded. Havey got the first batter he faced to fly out to shallow right field without any runners advancing, but an errant throw that got by the catcher allowed the runners to advance 90-feet and make the score 5-2 NU.
Two walks and a Dietz single loaded the bases in the top of the ninth inning. Finn advanced everyone 90-feet with a single through the right side. Pinch hitter Jim Grieco (Glenview, Ill./Loyola) followed with a line-drive single to right field to score two runs and give NU an 8-2 lead. After a Dartmouth pitching chance, Owens drove in his third run of the game with a double down the right field line. After a fly ball and a strikeout, center fielder Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) drove a double to the centerfield wall. Two runs scored to put NU ahead 11-2. Shortstop Kenneth Avila (Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray) followed with an RBI single to left. A fly ball ended the inning, but not before NU plated seven runs on six hits.
Havey gave up two hits in the ninth and just three total for his first save of the season. He pitched the final two and two-third innings. He earned the save because he entered the game with the score 5-1 and the bases loaded.
Schwartz pitched six and one-third innings to up his record to 2-0. He has pitched 25 and one-third innings in four starts.
GAME TWO: Northwestern 10, Harvard 9
In a back-and-forth battle between two of academia's best schools, Northwestern scored three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat Harvard 10-9. The Wildcats led 7-2 heading into the eighth inning, but a trio of Wildcat hurlers gave up seven runs in the final two innings before Northwestern's heroics in the bottom half of the last stanza.
NU got things going in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats batted around to take an early 5-0 lead. Center fielder Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) doubled to lead off the inning and went to third on sacrifice bunt. After a walk, Fields scored on catcher Chad Noble's (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) single to center. A groundball fielder's choice and an errant throw loaded the bases. Left fielder Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) coaxed a bases-loaded walk for the easy RBI and was followed by a two-RBI single off the bat of third baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli). Designated hitter Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) followed with a sacrifice fly to end the scoring.
Harvard got one run back in the top of the third inning when a two-out single went to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double to the wall in centerfield.
Second baseman Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean) got into Northwestern's internal home run contest, hitting his first collegiate round-tripper in the bottom of the third inning. His solo bomb put NU ahead 6-1 after three complete innings.
Harvard scored its second run of the game in the top of the sixth inning. Wildcat starter Ryan Myers (Lake Bluff, Ill./Carmel) gave up a leadoff single that came around to score on a sacrifice fly.
Northwestern scored its seventh run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. A leadoff walk to Newman turned into a double when he stole second. Owens then drove in his third run of the game and sixth of the day when he grounded a single through the left side of the infield.
Myers kept the Crimson at bay until the eight inning. He gave up four runs on six hits and left the game with a 7-6 lead.
In the ninth, three walks and a hit batsman, which included a Wildcat pitching change, tied the game at 7-7. A two-run double put Harvard ahead 9-7 before another NU pitching change. Freshman David Jensen (Whittier, Calif./Mater Dei) stopped the Harvard rally with a strikeout, a fielder's choice groundout and a fly-foul out.
In Northwestern's half of the ninth inning, Owens and Mule both singled before freshman Jake Goebbert (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinch-hitter Geoff Dietz (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich), who homered in game one against Dartmouth, drilled a game-tying, two-run double to the right centerfield wall. After an intentional pass to Max Mann (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) loaded the bases for the second time in the inning, Finn was hit by a pitch to end the game and give NU the 10-9 win.
On the day, Owens was 7-for-8 with six RBI and three runs scored. He also stole four bases and recorded five assists from his third base position. Dietz was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Finn ended his day 3-for-7 with four runs scored and three RBI.