April 2, 2013
| vs. St. Francis
| Box Score
|| NU 14, SFU 12
|| NU 11-9 (2-4 Big Ten), SFU 18-13
| Next NU Event
|| vs. UIC (Evanston, Ill.), April 3, 3:00 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Trailing by as many as seven runs, the Northwestern Wildcats continued to chip away and exploded for eight runs in the sixth inning to take the lead for good as they defeated the St. Francis Fighting Saints, 14-12, at Rocky Miller Park Tuesday.
The Wildcats (11-9, 2-4 Big Ten) entered the bottom of the sixth inning trailing the Fighting Saints, 10-4, but seven hits and eight runs later they had stormed all the way back to collect a 12-10 lead.
The sixth inning opened for the 'Cats when Jake Straub was hit by a pitch. After Trevor Stevens walked, Kyle Ruchim doubled to left field to score Straub and begin the rally in earnest.
Stevens and Ruchim scored on an RBI single from Zach Morton. Left fielder Jack Mitchell crushed a double to the gap in left field to bring two more runs in and suddenly St. Francis' once comfortable lead had shrunk to just two runs.
The retort was not finished, however. Freshman Zach Jones recorded an infield single before Reid Hunter was hit by a pitch to load the bases for third baseman Colby Everett. Everett stepped to the dish with two hits already under his belt and calmly lined a single to right field, which allowed Mitchell and Jones to score to tie the ballgame at 10-10. Straub and Luke Dauch singled to center field to add the go-ahead and eighth runs of the inning.
It marked the second time this season that Northwestern tallied eight runs in an inning. The first time came on March 16 when NU scored eight times in the fifth inning of a 17-2 triumph over Bucknell in Winter Haven, Fla.
The Wildcats extended their lead to four runs with a pair of scores in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jones picked up his career-high third hit to lead off the inning and then Hunter muscled his first career triple to right-center field to drive in his first run of the season. The NU right fielder scored on Straub's second RBI single of the day later in the inning.
St. Francis mounted a brief rally in the top of the ninth inning against Northwestern relief pitcher Ethan Bramschreiber. The Fighting Saints scored two runs on an RBI single from Tim Reichert before the hard-throwing right-hander got Joe Ruge to foul-out to Straub behind the plate to end the game.
Bramschreiber threw three innings of relief to match a career high to pick up his second save of the season and first since Feb. 23 vs. Northern Kentucky. The Glendora, Calif., native also racked up a career-best four strikeouts in his second straight outing.
Nick Friar picked up the win for the Wildcats, his first of the season and the second of his career.
A total of seven 'Cats posted multi-hit games Wednesday, led by Jones and Everett, who had three apiece. Stevens was one of two Wildcats with three runs scored, joining Jones.
The Wildcats will return to Rocky Miller Park once again on Wednesday, April 3 when they will host cross-town rival UIC at 3 p.m. Freshman Reed Mason is expected to get the start for the 'Cats. He will be opposed by UIC's Mike McKinley.
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