March 26, 2005
BRADENTON, Fla. -
Northwestern scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way to an 11-6 victory over Dartmouth Saturday afternoon in Bradenton, Fla. Playing the final game of seven in the Sunshine State, NU fell behind early, but scored eight runs in the final four innings, improving to 9-8 overall. NU went 5-2 on their spring break trip.
After Dartmouth scored three runs in the top of the first inning, NU answered with back-to-back doubles by Anthony Wycklendt (Glendale, Wis./Nicolet) and Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine). Wycklendt scored on Newman's double.
Starter Evan Blesoff (Oak Park, Ill./oak Park River Forest) pitched five and one-third innings, earning his second win of the season. Blesoff gave up only four hits, but walked five and struck out two.
NU pulled to within one, 3-2, scoring a single run in the top of the fourth. Shortstop Jon Mikrut (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) hit a looping single down the right field line and went to third on Pat McMahon's (Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) double to left. Both runners advanced 90-feet on Wycklendt's sacrifice fly to deep right field.
Dartmouth answered with a single run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run.
NU scored another run in the top of the fifth when McMahon's two-out RBI single to left scored Mark Ori (Niles, Ill./Maine South). Ori reached on a bunt single and moved to second on Mikrut's single to center.
After Blesoff cruised through the bottom half of the fifth inning, NU exploded for four runs on four hits in the sixth. Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) hit a pinch-hit RBI single, scoring Newman who was walked. Stanley Finch (Lubbock, Texas/Cooper) doubled prior to Mule's hit. Third baseman Mike Kalina (Munster, Ind./Munster) executed a safety squeeze, scoring Finch, leaving runners on first and third with no outs. Second baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) lined a single to right, scoring Mule from third. After a Dartmouth pitching change, a double play left Kalina on third with two outs. He scored on a wild pitch. The four runs put NU ahead 7-4.
Dartmouth responded with two runs in the bottom half as NU made two pitching changes in the inning. Both runs scored on bases loaded walks.
Senior Chris Hayes (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest), the third NU pitcher of the game, earned his second save of the week, throwing the final three and two-third innings of the game. Hayes gave up only one hit, walking one and striking out two. He has a 1.54 ERA in seven appearances this season. He has three saves.
The Wildcats scored two runs in the seventh and two more in the ninth, as the Big Green ran through five pitchers in the inning.
Kalina hit a two-out two-RBI double in the seventh, giving him three RBI in the game. To go along with his three RBI, Kalina was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a sacrifice.
In the ninth, Owens and pinch-hitter Julian Romero (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque) each had RBI singles.
NU is next in action when they travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the Big Ten opener against the Indiana Hoosiers. Game one of the four-game series is set for 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at Sembower Fie