April 17, 2012
Milwaukee Game Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 4, Milwaukee 3 (11 inn.)
Records: NU (11-22), Milwaukee (13-20)
Next NU Event: Friday, April 20 -- at Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 5:05 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Kyle Ruchim's squeeze bunt plated Zach Morton with the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Northwestern outlasted Milwaukee for a 4-3 victory Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
Sophomore right-hander Nick Friar made his first collegiate start on the mound for the Wildcats and surrendered just one run over five innings of work. The Panthers did get on the board first in the top of the second without the benefit of a hit as a hit batter and a walk put two on with nobody out. A sacrifice bunt moved two into scoring position, but Friar limited the damage to one run on an RBI groundout by Nick Lingvay.
The Wildcats took advantage of control issues by Milwaukee starter Joshua Uhen in the bottom half of the inning. The righty walked three batters and hit another in the frame as NU scored three times to take the lead. Northwestern put its first four batters on base as Jack Livingston and Nick Linne drew walks sandwiched around a single by Geoff Rowan to load the bases with no one out. Luke Dauch followed with an RBI single to right to get the 'Cats on the board before Uhen retired the next two batters. However, Uhen walked Paul Snieder to bring home another run before Jack Havey was hit by a pitch to give the hosts a two-run lead.
Friar would allow just two hits and two walks while striking out a pair over his five solid innings of work as he left with a two-run lead. Ethan Bramschreiber worked 1 2/3 innings scoreless as well before leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Michael Jahns came on to relieve Bramschreiber and struck out Jonathan Capasso to maintain the lead.
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The Panthers rallied to tie the game in the top of the eighth, though. After consecutive singles to start the inning, Jahns got back-to-back strikeouts. Lingvay and Michael Porcaro came through with clutch two-out run-scoring singles to make it a 3-3 game.
Milwaukee threatened to take the lead in the ninth as it got a runner to third base with only one out, but Jahns got a strikeout and a flyout following an intentional walk to keep the score tied.
After Northwestern left two aboard in the bottom of the ninth, things got even more hairy in the Wildcats in the top of the 10th. Phil Striggow led off the frame with a double before a bunt gave the Panthers runners at the corners. A stolen base and an intentional walk loaded the bases with no one out. Jahns did his best Houdini act, though, getting a strikeout of Luke Meeteer before inducing Sam Koenig into an inning-ending 5-2-3 double play.
NU stranded a runner at third in the 10th before mounting its winning rally in the 11th. Morton led off with a perfect bunt single down the third-base line and advanced to second on a passed ball. Snieder was intentionally walked before both runners moved into scoring position on a balk. Havey was given an intentional free pass to load the bases, setting the stage for Ruchim. The sophomore dropped a bunt down the first-base line and Milwaukee pitcher Jake Long couldn't handle it, allowing Morton to race home from third.
Jahns (2-1) got the win, working the final 4 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs, six hits and two walks while striking out a season-high seven. Rowan paced the Wildcats with two hits.
Northwestern returns to action at 5:05 p.m. Central time Friday as it opens a three-game Big Ten series at Michigan.
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