Penn State 15, Northwestern 5
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April 23, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's baseball team got solid pitching from starter Julio Siberio (Davie, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), but Penn State had the hot bats as they took a 15-5 win over the Wildcats in the series finale Sunday at Rocky Miller Park. Siberio whiffed nine batters in five innings worth of work, but it wasn't enough as NU falls to 14-22 overall, 11-5 in the Big Ten.
Penn State was the first to light up the scoreboard with a two-run second inning. Scott Gummo started the Nittany Lions' rally when he was hit by a pitch. The next two PSU batters reached on singles, loading the bases with no outs. Siberio stayed tough by striking out the next two batters, but Garrett Field singled to score the runners from second and third, giving PSU a 2-0 lead.
Siberio stayed focused despite the early runs. The senior struck out at least two Penn State batters in each of the first four innings.
Penn State then scored three more in the top of the fifth. After the first two batters of the inning singled, Matt Cavagnaro was hit by a Siberio pitch to load the bases. The next batter, Gummo, drove in a run with a single. Lance Thompson then reached on a fielder's choice, driving in Cavagnaro.
In the top of the sixth, the Wildcats' brought in junior Dan Schwartz (New York, N.Y./Northern Valley Regional) to try and cool down the Nittany Lions' offense, but it was to no avail. Penn State teed off in the sixth, knocking in six runs on four hits and an error.
Northwestern put together some offense in the bottom of the sixth, however, attempting to cut into Penn State's 11-0 lead.
Sophomore Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) began the comeback attempt by knocking a double to start the inning. Senior Pat McMahon (Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) then singled to right field to score Owens and get NU on the board.
Two batters later, senior Anthony Wycklendt
(Glendale, Wis./Nicolet) smashed a double to right-center field, advancing McMahon to third.
Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) then singled up the middle in the next at-bat, driving in both runners and making the score 11-3.
Two batters later, sophomore Max Mann (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) hit his first home run of the season to cut NU's deficit to six.
Unfortunately for the 'Cats, that would be as close as they would come.
Penn State went on to score three in the seventh and one run in the eighth for the game's total.
Penn State's junior starter Craig Clark got the win, improving his record to 1-6. Clark struck out five Wildcats in seven and one-third innings pitched, allowing five earned runs.
Offensively, the Wildcats were led by Fields, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a run scored. Owens and senior Stanley Finch (Lubbock, Texas/Cooper) also went 2-for-4 on the day.
PSU's Thompson led all batters by going 4-for-6 on the day with three RBIs and two runs scored.
With the loss, Northwestern falls to 14-22, 11-5 in the Big Ten.
The Wildcats return to action at Rocky Miller Park with a 3 p.m. game Tuesday, April 25 versus UW-Milwaukee.