April 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Northwestern senior Dan Schwartz pitched his first complete game of the season to help the Wildcats sweep a doubleheader at Indiana on Easter Sunday. Schwartz allowed just six hits in the game, using good defense and timely pickoffs to win the game. Schwartz picked off two runners and started one of the game's best defensive plays to up his season record to 3-1. The doubleheader sweep improves NU's record to 8-15 overall, 2-4 in the Big Ten.
After a couple Indiana singles, Northwestern pitcher Dan Schwartz (New York, N.Y./Northern Valley Regional) helped himself out in the bottom of the fourth inning. With runners on first and third and one out, IU tried to squeeze home its first run of the game. But, Schwartz pounced on the bunt, flipped it to catcher Geoff Dietz (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) who tagged out the runner at home for the second out of the inning. After Dietz applied the tag, he alertly chucked the ball to third base, where shortstop Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean) was waiting to tag out the Indiana runner who was trying to advance from first base. The double play ended the inning.
Indiana starter Matt Bashore was the tough-luck loser in the game and was just as effective as Schwartz. The lefty allowed six hits in the game and only three through the first five innings.
After threatening in the fourth, a one-out triple off the right-field wall in the fifth inning was left stranded. Schwartz induced a weak liner to shortstop and a foul-fly pop out to first base to end the inning.
Until the sixth inning Northwestern had gotten just one runner to second base. In the sixth however, a leadoff single by Dietz came around to score on Jake Owens' (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) RBI-groundout. After singling to left field, Dietz was lifted for pinch-runner Kenneth Avila (Corpus Christi, Texas/W.B. Ray). Avila was sacrificed to second by centerfielder Jim Grieco (Glenview, Ill./Loyola) and went to third on Aaron Newman's (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) single to centerfield. He scored when Owens' groundball ricocheted off Bashore's leg and his only play was to first base.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, a leadoff single was called out when he was hit by a groundball trying to advance to second. Schwartz then picked off the runner on first and got a groundball to end the game.
NU and Indiana play a Monday doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m.