March 24, 2012
Site: Iowa City, Iowa (Duane Banks Field)
Score: Northwestern 3, Iowa 0
Records: NU (8-13, 1-1 Big Ten), Iowa (8-11, 1-1 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, March 25 -- at Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), 1:05 p.m.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Freshman right-hander Brandon Magallones hurled seven shutout innings, tying a career high with nine strikeouts as Northwestern evened its weekend series with Iowa by posting a 3-0 win Saturday afternoon at Duane Banks Field.
Hard-throwing left-hander Matt Dermody retired NU in order in the first before Jack Havey became the Wildcats' first baserunner by drawing a leadoff walk in the second. Havey was still there with two away when Walker Moses stayed red-hot, ripping a double to the gap in left-center to give Northwestern a 1-0 lead. Moses went to third on a throw to the plate and then scored when Colby Everett followed with an RBI single to give the 'Cats a two-run lead.
Meanwhile, Northwestern answered with a starting pitcher who can bring the heat as well in Magallones. The righty allowed a single in the first but got an inning-ending double play. Chett Zeise doubled with one away in the second, but Magallones was able to strand him at third by sawing off Sean Flanagan for a groundout to second to end the threat.
After Magallones retired Iowa in order in the third with a pair of strikeouts, the Hawkeyes mounted a threat to tie the game or take the lead in the fourth. NU left two aboard in the top half before back-to-back singles gave the hosts two on with no one out. A double steal gave Iowa two men in scoring position with one away before Magallones fanned Zeise for the second out. A walk loaded the bases, but Magallones got Flanagan to fly out to Hamilton Wise in right-center field to maintain the two-run lead.
Northwestern added an insurance run to its advantage in the top of the sixth and chased Dermody from the game in the process. Nick Linne
reached on an error with one out and Iowa brought on Andrew Hanse in relief. Geoff Rowan
drew a walk to put two aboard before Hanse got a strikeout for the second out. However, Everett, who was a late addition to the starting lineup, delivered a smash back up the middle to plate Linne and make it 3-0 in the Wildcats' favor.
Magallones followed with a dominant home half of the sixth as he struck out the side in order. Iowa continued to have no answer for the frosh in the seventh as a foulout and a popup to second preceded Magallones' ninth strikeout of the day, matching his career high achieved in his previous outing against Long Island six days earlier.
Luke Farrell came on to replace Magallones on the bump in the eighth and surrendered a one-out single before inducing an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play. The junior was also sharp in the ninth inning, retiring Iowa in order pick up his first save of the season.
Northwestern finished with an 8-6 advantage in the hit column behind two apiece by Everett, Moses and Wise. Magallones improved to 4-0 on the season, allowing just five hits and one walk to go along with nine strikeouts in his seven innings of work. Dermody (0-3) took the loss for Iowa.
The teams conclude their three-game series at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
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