April 21, 2013
| Doubleheader vs. Michigan
| Game 1 Box Score
|| UM 5, NU 0
| Game 2 Box Score
|| NU 3, UM 2 (10)
|| NU 17-14 (6-9 B1G), Michigan 22-16 (8-4 B1G)
| Next NU Event
|| vs. Northern Illinois (Evanston, Ill.), April 23, 3:00 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern was down late in the second game of a twinbill Sunday at Rocky Miller Park, but the Wildcats certainly were not out. The 'Cats rallied for a pair of scores in the bottom of the eighth inning and the game-winning run in the 10th to take the finale of a three-game set from the Michigan Wolverines, 3-2.
Michigan entered the weekend in first place atop the Big Ten standings and riding a 10-game winning streak. Northwestern ended that streak with a 6-0 shutout at Wrigley Field on Saturday night before splitting Sunday's doubleheader to pick up its third Big Ten series victory of the campaign.
In the 10th, Walker Moses kicked off the extra frame with a base hit to left field before Trevor Stevens reached on a sacrifice bunt and an error by Michigan pitcher Jacob Cronenworth. Northwestern's starting pitcher turned second baseman, Zach Morton, was walked setting the stage for clean-up batter Jack Havey.
Havey, a Wilmette, Ill., native worked a full count before chopping an offering back at Cronenworth. The Wolverine mishandled the ball and threw home, but not before Moses slid in safely to score the winning run.
Northwestern would not have been in position to win had it not been able to score a pair of runs back in the bottom of the eighth inning off Cronenworth. Moses led off the stanza with a base hit up the middle and Stevens followed with a bunt single. Kyle Ruchim successfully sacrificed the pair up 90 feet to set the stage for Morton. The Evanston, Ill., native clubbed a sacrifice fly to plate Moses for the Wildcats' first run in 17 innings of baseball Sunday.
Stevens soon stole third base, his 13th swipe in 14 attempts this season. Havey sent a ball up the middle, but it was mishandled by the Michigan shortstop. The senior first baseman beat the throw to first and Stevens scored to tie the ballgame.
Michigan looked like it had a chance to take the lead right back in the top of the ninth. Zach Zott singled off of Ruchim and headed for second on a sacrifice bunt. The speedy Zott attempted to steal third base, but Northwestern's Jake Straub made a perfect peg to Colby Everett to erase the runner. After another single, Zach Jones made arguably the catch of the season in right field as he raced back toward the wall and took away an extra-base hit, and possibly even a home run, from UM's Cole Martin.
Michigan scored both of its runs in the nightcap early on against Morton. Patrick Biondi opened the game with a double to left field and he scored two batters later on an RBI ground out to Stevens at short to take a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines struck for their second run in the top of the third inning. Freshman Travis Maezes singled to right field and stole second base before coming home on a base hit to left from Cronenworth to make it 2-0.
From that point on, Morton and Ruchim combined to allow just six hits and they did not walk a batter as they gave the offense the opportunity to eventually overcome the deficit.
Ruchim picked up the victory, his third, with three scoreless innings in relief. The junior struck out one. Morton did not factor in the decision after seven solid innings. The fifth-year senior scattered nine hits and struck out four Wolverines.
In game one Sunday, Michigan tagged NU's Brandon Magallones for three runs in the third inning to provide all the support that its starter, Evan Hill would need. Maezes delivered the big blow with a two-out, inside-the-park home run that rattled around the right-field corner long enough to allow three runs to cross the plate. Michigan added single scores in the sixth and ninth innings to achieve a 5-0 shutout.
Magallones matched a career high by going the distance on the hill. Like Morton, he surrendered nine hits; the sophomore walked a pair and fanned one as his record fell to 4-4.
Everett continued his red-hot April as he picked up hits in both games of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to a team-high 12 games. That matches Ruchim for the longest stretch for any Wildcat this season.
Northwestern will wrap up the longest homestand of the season on Tuesday afternoon when the Northern Illinois Huskies come to Evanston for a 3 p.m. affair. The 'Cats will play a second midweek game on Wednesday, April 24 at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. NU will take on the UW-Milwaukee Panthers at 4 p.m.
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