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    Wildcats Fall 10-3 to No. 21 Pepperdine

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Stanley Finch had an RBI single in NU's 10-3 loss to No. 21 Pepperdine.
    Stanley Finch had an RBI single in NU's 10-3 loss to No. 21 Pepperdine.

    March 25, 2006

    Box Score

    MALIBU, Calif. - For the second straight game, 21st-ranked Pepperdine used a six-run inning to defeat Northwestern 10-3 at Eddy D Field Stadium in Malibu, Calif. Winning 4-2, the Waves batted around in the sixth inning to drop the Wildcats to 3-14 on the season. Offensively, Max Mann was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

    Just like they had done in Friday's game, Pepperdine took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Wildcat starter Dan Brauer (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton-Warrenville South) gave up a pair of singles and a stolen base, which led to a sacrifice fly, and the Waves first run.

    The Waves scored two more runs in the third inning to make the score 3-0 after three complete innings. Pepperdine had three hits in the inning and took advantage of an NU throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt.

    Pepperdine's leadoff hitter hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Waves a 4-0 lead after four innings.

    NU managed just two hits in the first four innings as Waves hurler Brett Hunter silenced the Wildcat bats.

    But in the fifth, the Wildcats touched Hunter for two runs on five singles. Third baseman Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) beat out a one-out infield single and went to second on Max Mann's (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) single through the right side. First baseman Stanley Finch (Lubbock, Texas/Cooper) then lined an RBI single to center field, scoring Fields. Mann advanced to third on the hit, and Finch went to second on the throw home. Shortstop Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean) looped a single into left field, scoring Mann from third.

    After Finch was tagged out at third on a head's up play by the Waves third baseman on a chopper to third, second baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) laced a single into centerfield. As Finn was about to cross the plate, Newman was thrown out at third for the final out of the inning. That putout at third was ruled to have taken place before the run crossed the plate, hence no Wildcat run.



    In all, NU scored two runs on five hits and trailed 4-2 after four and one-half innings.

    Pepperdine went up 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning on a leadoff homer to left centerfield. It was the Waves' second solo round-tripper of the game.

    Pepperdine was not done.

    They broke the game open with five more runs in the sixth. Four hits, including a two-RBI triple, a walk and an error contributed to the six runs.

    Junior left-hander Dan Schwartz (New York, N.Y./Northern Valley Regional) took over for Brauer with a runner and third and no outs. After an RBI single, Schwartz got three fly balls to end the Waves rally.

    After six complete innings, Pepperdine led 10-2.

    Schwartz did a good job in relief, throwing three complete innings. He gave up three hits.

    In the ninth, NU plated one run on two hits. Mann lined his second hit of the game down the left field line to score freshman Keenan Long (Park Ridge, Ill./Notre Dame) from third. Long was hit by a pitch and went to third on Wycklendt's single to right field.

    The two teams will play the series finale tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. (PT) before NU takes a flight back to Chicago.