April 24, 2004
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EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Dan Pohlman hit a go-ahead three run home run in the fourth inning, as Northwestern defeated Minnesota 6-3 in game one of Saturday's doubleheader at Rocky Miller Park. Dan Brauer pitched six and one-third innings, winning his fourth game of the season on the mound. He struck out seven in the contest.
Minnesota struck first, scoring all three of their runs in the third inning, as a two-run triple plated a walk and a hit batsman. The next batter singled, scoring the final Gopher run.
The Wildcats answered with a single run in the bottom half of the third, as a leadoff single by Doug Beatty came around to score. Beatty advanced to third on a one-out single by Jon Mikrut and scored on Jason Krynski's single through the left side.
Northwestern used a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth inning to score all four of its runs in the inning. Senior Josh Lieberman hit a two-out double down the left field line and crossed the plate on the very next hitter as Beatty laced his second hit of the game to right center field. NU's hottest hitter, Mark Ori, punched a single through the right side, moving Beatty to second base. Pohlman followed with his league-leading fifth home run in conference action, giving him three RBI on the day. Pohlman has a team-leading seven home runs on the season.
NU added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, as Caleb Fields'
leadoff single came around to score. Beatty executed a sacrifice bunt to move Fields to second after his hit. Ori followed with a line-drive single to left center field, plating Fields for NU's final run of the game. Ori finished the game 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Pohlman also went 3-for-4 in the game.
Mikrut moved from his starting shortstop position to pitch the final two outs of the game, giving him his fourth save of the season. Mikrut now has 15 saves in his career, two shy of the Northwestern career record of 17. Greg Ziesemer (1993-96) holds the NU career record for saves.
The Wildcats had 13 hits in the game, led by Ori and Pohlman. Beatty was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while Lieberman, Mikrut, Fields, Krynski and Anthony Wycklendt all recorded hits.
Pohlman also threw a runner out at second base on an attempted steal.