April 21, 2012
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Wilpon Complex)
Score: Northwestern 8, Michigan 5
Records: NU (13-22, 5-9 Big Ten), Michigan (16-24, 3-8 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, April 22 - at Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), 12:05 p.m. CT
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Northwestern posted an 8-5 victory in the nightcap of a doubleheader to earn a sweep of Michigan Saturday at the Wilpon Complex. The Wildcats won the first contest by a score of 6-5 in 11 innings.
Michigan got on the board first against Brandon Magallones in the bottom of the opening inning as John Lorenz capped a string of three consecutive two-out singles with a hit that plated Coley Crank to make it 1-0 in the hosts' favor.
Northwestern jumped in front against Ben Ballantine in the top of the second inning. The Wildcats had runners at first and second with two outs following singles by Kyle Ruchim and Geoff Rowan before a throwing error by Lorenz at third base on a ball hit by Luke Dauch plated Ruchim from second. Hamilton Wise followed with an RBI single to center that put NU in front 2-1.
The Wolverines answered right back in the bottom of the second inning as Kevin White hit a leadoff double and Eric Jacobson followed with a run-scoring hit to tie the game 2-2.
The scoring spree continued in the top of the third as Paul Snieder led off the inning by socking his team-leading fifth home run of the season to put the Wildcats back in front by a run.
NU stretched out its lead in the fifth thanks completely to the inability of Michigan pitchers to find the strikezone. Free passes to Zach Morton and Jack Havey put two on with one out before Patrick Miller's sacrifice bunt put two in scoring position with two away. With a 3-1 count to Colby Everett, Ballantine was removed from the game with Alex Lakatos brought on in relief. However, a ball-four to Everett preceded bases-loaded walks to Rowan, Nick Linne and Dauch to make it a 6-2 game. Lakatos was taken out of his misery after allowing three-straight run-scoring walks when Kyle Clark came on and got a flyout to end the inning.
The Wolverines got back in the game in the sixth when Patrick Biondi plated a run with a bunt groundout before a two-out walk preceded a homer by Crank to trim Northwestern's lead to 6-5.
The 'Cats got one back in the ensuing half-inning as Everett doubled to the gap in right-center and advanced to third on an error on the play. Rowan brought him home with a bunt down the first-base line to push NU's advantage back to two.
Ethan Bramschreiber came on to work the seventh on the mound for the Wildcats but he could only get one out as Michigan put the tying runs on base. Michigan native Jack Quigley replaced Bramschreiber and induced Eric Jacobson into a 4-6-3 double play to get out of the inning and maintain the two-run cushion.
Quigley worked his way out of trouble again in the eighth as the Wolverines put their first two runners on base, but he got a 6-4-3 twin-killing to get two outs. Following a free pass to Crank, Quigley picked pinch runner Adam Robinson off first base to end the inning.
Northwestern added a big insurance run to its lead in the ninth as Havey hit a leadoff single, moved to second on a sac bunt and then went to third and scored on a pair of passed balls.
Michigan got back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the ninth and the Wildcats brought on Michael Jahns to relieve Quigley. Jahns got a strikeout for the first out before a single loaded the bases, bringing the winning run to the plate. But the senior struck out consecutive batters to nail down the save and earn the Wildcats a doubleheader sweep.
Magallones (6-2) worked six innings to earn the win. Havey and Wise had two hits apiece for Northwestern. Brett Winger paced Michigan with four hits.
The teams conclude their series Sunday with a contest beginning at 12:05 p.m. Central time.
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