April 10, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: St. Xavier 9, Northwestern 3
Records: NU (10-19), St. Xavier (25-11)
Next NU Event: Friday, April 13 -- at Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.), 6:35 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Kyle Ruchim had two hits and scored three runs, but Northwestern was the victim of some early offense by St. Xavier as the Wildcats dropped a 9-3 nonconference tilt Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
Jack Havey got the start on the mound for the 'Cats, but a three-run homer by Brad Myjak in the first inning got the guests out to an early lead. The Wildcats got a run back in the home half of the second as Ruchim singled and advanced to third on a wild pitch and a throwing error by the Cougars' catcher. Colby Everett brought him home with a groundout to get NU within 3-1.
St. Xavier got the run right back in the top of the third Mike Pokers hit an RBI single to push the Cougars' lead right back to three. The Wildcats made it a 4-2 game in the fourth with a two-out rally as Ruchim doubled and then scored on an error on a ball hit by Everett.
Ethan Bramschreiber pitched a scoreless inning and a third before Dan Tyson came on to work the fifth. St. Xavier got four hits in the frame, but Tyson was able to limit the damage to one run on an RBI single by Myjak to push the Cougars' lead back to 5-2.
The visitors broke the game open in the seventh, scoring four times. Marcos Soto had the big hit in the inning with a two-run single to center. Northwestern trimmed one run off the deficit in the bottom half as Ruchim walked to open the inning and later came home on Everett's second run-scoring groundout of the contest. However, the Wildcats were unable to get any closer.
Right-hander Nick Friar
, who came on in relief in the seventh pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit while striking out two for Northwestern. Andy Kovarik went eight innings to pick up the win for St. Xavier.
Northwestern returns to action at 6:35 p.m. Friday as it travels to Minnesota for a three-game Big Ten series.
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