March 27, 2010
DELAND, Fla. -
Northwestern jumped out to an early lead and Paul Snieder pitched four innings of scoreless relief to hold off a late Stetson charge as the Wildcats earned a 9-7 victory Saturday afternoon.
NU (6-16) struck four times against Stetson starter Kyle Maulbetsch in the top of the first inning. Two singles sandwiched around an error loaded the bases with no one out for Chris Lashmet who brought everyone home with a three-run double. Lashmet would later come in to score on a sacrifice fly Colby Everett.
The Hatters were able to chip away at Northwestern's lead, though, scoring once in the first and twice more in the third off Eric Jokisch to get within 4-3.
However, the Wildcats answered back with a five-spot in the fourth to surge in front by six. After Maulbetsch retired the first batter of the inning, NU had the next seven batters reach base on three hits, two walks and two errors. Arby Fields and Trevor Stevens had RBI singles in the frame, while Everett brought home another on a run-scoring groundout.
Stetson (11-14) got a pair of runs back in the fifth on a two-run singles by Nick Rickles to get the hosts within 9-5. Jokisch was replaced by Michael Jahns after allowing consecutive hits to start the bottom of the sixth. But Jahns wasn't able to record an out as a walk and then an RBI single by Mark Jones made it a three-run game. The Wildcats brought on Snieder and the sophomore right-hander was able to limit further damage as the Hatters got just one more run on a fielder's choice.
The stand proved to be huge as Snieder held Stetson scoreless the rest of the way. The Hatters got the tying run on base in the seventh and to the plate in the eighth and ninth innings but Snieder held off the hosts to earn his second save of the season.
Fields and Geoff Rowan
led Northwestern with two hits apiece, while Fields, Stevens and Snieder - the top three batters in the Wildcats' order - each scored two runs. Jokisch earned his first win of the season, hurling the first five innings.
The two teams wrap up their four-game series at 11 a.m. Central time Sunday.