April 15, 2003
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CHICAGO -- Junior David Gresky (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and freshman Anthony Wycklendt (Glendale, Wis./Nicolet) combined for 13 runs, 13 hits and 19 RBI in Northwestern's 36-10 dismantling of Chicago State Tuesday afternoon in Chicago. Gresky ended the day 6-for-7, and crushed two home runs, one of which was a grand slam, on his way to 10 RBI. He also hit his sixth double of the season and was walked twice.
Wycklendt, who made his third start of the season, matched Gresky's two home runs, but outdid the left-hander by hitting for the cycle in just his eighth collegiate game. Wycklendt hit safely in seven of his eight at-bats, which is believed to be an NU record for hits in a game. Wycklendt, a Wisconsin native, completed the rare feat in his last at-bat, hitting an RBI triple to the right-centerfield wall. It was his ninth RBI of the game.
Besides Gresky's and Wycklendt's 13 hits, the rest of the team chipped in another 18. Of the 31 Northwestern hits, 14 went for extra bases, including two triples and four home runs. With their best offensive showing of the year (31-for-62 as a team), the 'Cats raised their overall batting average nearly 20 points, from .255 to .273. They were also 5-for-5 in the stolen base department.
The Wildcats' 36 runs and 31 hits are both believed to be single-game records, while Gresky's 10 RBI is also believed to be the best individual RBI total in the Paul Stevens' coaching era. According to Stevens, Wycklendt's hitting for the cycle has not happened since San Diego Padres shortstop, Mark Loretta, played at Northwestern in the early 1990's.
While Gresky and Wycklendt were torturing the Cougar pitching, their teammates were on the same page. Of the nine starters, only Gresky, Wycklendt and sophomore Chris Hayes
(Lake Forest, Ill./lake Forest) played the entire nine innings. Hayes, who started at the catcher's position, went 4-for-8, scored three runs, stole two bases and drove in two. Hayes moved to shortstop when sophomore Pat McMahon
(Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) was assigned catching duties. McMahon was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Senior Travis Tharp (Boulder, Colo./Boulder), who is NU's everyday starter at first base, was given the designated hitters assignment. Taking full advantage of the situation, Tharp went 3-for-4, needing only a home run to complete the cycle before being replaced. Sophomore Mike Phelps (Lockport, Ill./Lockport Township), who substituted starter Matt Brimmer (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington) at second base, went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Brimmer was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored.
Sophomore Jon Mikrut (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) kept his average above .400, hitting safely in two of his five at-bats. His average stands at .404. Mikrut started the game at shortstop, moved to first when Phelps entered the game and was replaced by Julian Romero (Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque) in the eighth. Romero, who was playing in only his second game of the season, went 2-for-3, hitting safely in his first two official collegiate at-bats. Romero did have one at-bat at New Mexico, but was hit by the pitch.
Junior Dan Pohlman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington) handled the starting pitching duties, throwing five strong innings. He gave up seven runs (five earned) on seven hits while striking out a season-high seven hitters. It was Pohlman's first time on the mound since March 24 at South Florida. Besides pitching duties, Pohlman was designated as a pitcher/designated hitter at the beginning of the game, allowing him to become a hitter when his pitching assignment was finished. As a hitter, Pohlman was 1-for-1 with two runs scored and an RBI.
Sophomore Evan Blesoff (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) relieved Pohlman in the sixth, pitching the next three innings. Blesoff gave up two runs, on four hits, throwing 59 pitches. Freshman Julio Siberio (Davie, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) pitched the final inning, giving up one run on one hit.
Northwestern is back in action this weekend when it travels to University Park, Pa. to take on the Nittany Lions of Penn State in a four-game conference series. The first game is set for 3 p.m. Friday afternoon at Beaver Field.