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    Wildcats Win Big at Wrigley Field

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    Zach Morton had a pair of RBI doubles for the Wildcats Saturday.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Zach Morton had a pair of RBI doubles for the Wildcats Saturday.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    April 20, 2013

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     vs. Michigan
     Final Score  NU 6, UM 0
     Records  NU 16-13 (5-8 Big Ten), Michigan 21-15 (7-3 Big Ten)
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     vs. Michigan (Evanston, Ill.), April 21, 11:00 a.m. (doubleheader)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- On a magical night at Wrigley Field, the Northwestern Wildcats, behind a complete-game, three-hit shutout from senior Luke Farrell blanked the Michigan Wolverines in the first game of a key three-game series, 6-0.

    Farrell matched a career high by going nine innings on the bump. He retired the first 12 Wolverines he faced before a single to center field broke up his no-hit bid in the fifth inning. The right-hander finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just three hits in his second win of the season.

    After Farrell sent the final two Wolverines down looking in the first inning, the Wildcats offense went to work. Kyle Ruchim drew a one-out walk and scored when the next batter, fifth-year senior Zach Morton planted a double down the line to give Northwestern a 1-0 advantage.

    Farrell continued to cruise ion the bump and the offense provided another pair of runs in the home half of the third inning. The top of the order got things moving once again when Trevor Stevens walked with one away. After stealing second base, Stevens scored when Morton belted his second RBI double of the game to the gap in left-center field to give the 'Cats a 2-0 lead.

    Morton wouldn't remain on second base long because the next batter, Jack Havey lined a double of his own down the line in right to pad the lead to three runs.

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    Michigan finally picked up a base hit to lead off the fifth inning, but Colby Everett, Morton and Havey turned a textbook 5-4-3 to end the inning abruptly.

    The Wolverines put together their first real threat of the evening in the top of the eighth inning. A pair of singles and stolen bases gave UM two runners in scoring postion with just one out. Farrell reached back and ripped up off a pair of huge strikeouts to squash Michigan's chance to score.

    In the bottom of the inning, the Wildcats put the game out of reach. Morton picked up his game-high third hit before Havey walked and Everett legged out an infield single to load the bases for pinch hitter Zach Jones. Jones picked up an easy RBI when he walked to bring home Morton.

    Two batters later catcher Jake Straub got in on the act with a base hit through the left side. Walker Moses drove in the third and final run of the inning with an RBI ground out to second base.

    Farrell came out to work the ninth inning and the Wolverines were not happy to see him. The Westlake, Ohio, native struck out two more in the inning, including Travis Maezes to end the evening in memorable fashion.

    The Wildcats and Wolverines will wrap up their three-game series Sunday with a doubleheader at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill. The first pitch for game one is slated at 11 a.m.

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