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    Wildcats Drop Series Finale to Minnesota, 7-1

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Colby Everett extended his hitting streak to eight games Sunday.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Colby Everett extended his hitting streak to eight games Sunday.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    April 14, 2013

     vs. Minnesota
     Box Score  MINN 7, NU 1
     Records  NU 14-13 (4-8 Big Ten), Minnesota 22-13 (7-2 Big Ten)
     Next NU Event
     vs. Wheaton College (Evanston, Ill.), April 16, 3:00 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Four defensive miscues led to six unearned runs for the Minnesota Golden Gophers as they captured the finale of a three-game Big Ten set against the Northwestern Wildcats under sunny skies at Rocky Miller Park Sunday, 7-1.

    Errors did not help the Wildcats, but the bats were largely silenced by Minnesota's tall left-handed starting pitcher DJ Snelten. The reigning Big Ten Pitcher of the Week made a strong case for claiming the accolade once again. Snelten scattered just four hits in 6.2 innings pitched for the Gophers. He did walk three Wildcats, but also struck out five as he picked up his third victory of the season.

    Minnesota threatened for the first time in its half of the third inning Sunday. After retiring the first two hitters in the frame, Brandon Magallones surrendered back-to-back singles and issued a walk to load bases for the Golden Gopher clean-up batter, Mark Tatera. The Northwestern sophomore calmly induced a fly ball to center field to end the inning unscathed.

    The Gophers positioned a pair in scoring position in their next inning, but this time Magallones orchestrated a pair of back-to-back strikeouts to hold the visitors scoreless for a fourth-straight frame.

    Minnesota Game Three Highlights

    Minnesota finally scored first in the ballgame, for the second day in a row, in the top of the fifth inning. Michael Handel reached on a fielder's choice, advanced to third base and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of third baseman Ryan Abrahamson. UM's Connor Schaefbauer then tucked a base hit through the left side that allowed Dan Olinger to score and double the lead for the visitors.

    Magallones was lifted after six innings and five strikeouts on the bump and Minnesota took advantage against the Wildcats bullpen. The Gophers pushed across five runs, including four unearned tallies, on four timely hits and a pair of costly NU errors to open a seven-run advantage, its biggest of the series. Andy Henkemeyer delivered the biggest blow in the seventh with a two-run single to right field.

    The Wildcats pushed across their lone run of the ballgame in the bottom of the seventh inning. Snelten served up a one-out single to Colby Everett and a two-out walk to Jake Straub before being relieved by Ben Meyer. Everett's single extended his hitting streak to a team-high eight games.

    Meyer was greeted on the mound by Northwestern's Walker Moses, who singled up the middle to bring Everett home in what turned out to be the only run of the day for the home team.

    Jack Havey picked up two of NU's six hits Sunday marking the third multi-hit effort of the series for the senior first baseman. The Wilmette, Ill., native has an active seven-game hitting streak and leads the 'Cats with 12 multi-hit efforts this season.

    Northwestern will host a pair of midweek games at Rocky Miller Park on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Wildcats will welcome Wheaton College on Tuesday, April 16 at 3 p.m. before taking on Western Michigan on Wednesday, April 17, also at 3 p.m.

    Tickets are on sale now for NU's game at Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 20. The 'Cats will take on Michigan next weekend at the Friendly Confines with the first pitch set for 6:05 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775) or click here!

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