April 16, 2014
CHICAGO -- After a slow start by both teams, Northwestern rose to the occasion and won the first game of a doubleheader at Cougar Stadium in Chicago against Chicago State Wednesday, 6-1.
Senior Nick Friar got the start for the Wildcats in game one, his first of the season. The right-hander allowed just one run over 5.0 IP, which matched a career high. Friar scattered five hits and struck out two Cougars in the game.
The Wildcats finally broke a scoreless tie in the top of the fourth inning. Matt Hopfner singled with two outs and advanced to second on a passed ball with Joe Hoscheit at the dish. Later in the at-bat, Hoscheit delivered a base hit to left field that allowed his classmate to score and give Northwestern a 1-0 lead. Second baseman Reid Hunter looked to keep the inning alive, but his one-hop line drive hit Hoscheit running toward second base in a fluke play to end the inning.
The 'Cats picked up another run in the top of the fifth. Jake Schieber led off the frame with a base hit and Jake Straub followed suit with his first single of the day. After Nick Linne sacrificed both runners up 90 feet, Luke Dauch drove home Schieber with his first sacrifice fly of the season. Dauch's shot to center field gave NU a 2-0 lead after four and a half innings.
Chicago State cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the fifth. Robert Swenson singled to start the inning and he eventually scored on a base hit to right field by Jared Patterson. The Cougars tried to tie the game on a squeeze bunt, but Friar fielded the ball cleanly and flipped it to Straub who had the plate blocked and applied the tag on Mattingly Romanin.
Hoscheit helped his team out once again in the top of the sixth. Hopfner walked with one away before Hoscheit knocked the day's first extra-base hit into right field. Hopfner scored easily and Hoscheit wound up on third base with his first career triple. Northwestern added a second run in the inning when Hoscheit scored on a well-placed bunt to the first-base side of the mound by Hunter.
Ethan Bramschreiber relieved Friar to begin the bottom of the sixth. The senior hit the first batter he faced, but he recorded a big strikeout of Swenson to strand a runner on second base to end the inning.
Chicago's Big Ten Team added a pair of insurance runs in the top of the seventh to take a 6-1 lead. Linne singled, stole second and third and scored on a single to left field by Zach Jones. CSU forced in the second run when Hoscheit was plunked with the bases loaded.
Brandon Magallones was NU's third pitcher of the day and the junior closed the door on the Cougars with a scoreless inning to secure the victory for the 'Cats.
Hoscheit tied a career high with three RBI, while he, Hunter and Hopfner led the visitors with two hits apiece.
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