April 20, 2011
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 12, Trinity International 2
Records: NU (12-21), Trinity International (12-18)
Next NU Event: Friday, April 22 -- vs. Purdue (Rocky Miller Park), 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshmen Patrick Miller and Jake Straub collected three hits apiece as the Northwestern baseball team rolled to a 12-2 victory over Trinity International Wednesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
The Wildcats started seven freshmen in the contest and threw nine different pitchers one inning apiece. Henry Brooke (1-0) worked a scoreless first inning to pick up his first collegiate win.
Northwestern took advantage of command issues by Trojans' starter Jon Pelles in the top of the first as three walks led to a run as Chris Lashmet's sacrifice fly plated Trevor Stevens.
The Wildcats got their bats going in the home half of the second as three singles loaded the bases with one out for Trevor Stevens who provided the second sac fly in as many innings to put NU up 2-0.
Northwestern broke the game open with a trio of runs in the bottom of the third. Jack Livingston continued his penchant for hitting doubles by ripping one to the gap in left-center to score Lashmet. Straub would plate the second run in the frame with an RBI single to left before Cody Stevens brought in another with a groundout to make it 5-0.
Trinity International brought on Gentry Nordstrom to pitch the bottom of the fourth, but a trio of walks loaded the bases with no one out. Kyle Ruchim
brought in one with a single to left before pinch hitter Brant Cavagnaro
chipped in with the Wildcats' third sacrifice fly of the game to stretch Northwestern's advantage to seven.
The Trojans spoiled the shutout bid as it pushed across a run in the top of the sixth on a run-scoring groundout by Jeff Baird.
NU put the game out of reach in its half of the seventh, sending 10 men to the plate and scoring five times. Straub drove in two with a single, Brant Cavagnaro and Everett had run-scoring hits and Jack Quigley drew a bases-loaded walk in the frame to put the Wildcats up 12-1.
Trinity International got one final run in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by George Heller.
Northwestern returns to action at 3 p.m. Friday as it opens a three-game series with Purdue at Rocky Miller Park.
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