April 24, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern's baseball team exploded for 10 runs on 13 hits Tuesday afternoon in Evanston for a 10-7 win over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Freshman Matt Diedrich pitched five and one-third innings for his first collegiate win. Senior Mike Kalina drove in a pair of runs with two doubles in the game. NU is next in action when they host the Illinois Institution of Technology Wednesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
The Panthers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. They left the bases loaded as Wildcat starter Matt Diedrich (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Carmel) walked three in the inning.
NU responded with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Max Mann (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) tattooed a double to the centerfield wall to score the pair and give NU the lead.
The Wildcats scored one runs in the third inning as a leadoff walk to Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) came around to score. Mule was sacrificed to second and then driven in by the first of two Mike Kalina (Munster, Ind./Munster) doubles.
Northwestern scored two more run in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Second baseman Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) and Kalina hit back-to-back RBI doubles. Mule singled and moved to second before scoring on Fields' sixth double of the season.
After a shaky first inning, Diedrich settled down and did not give up a run until the sixth inning. With one out and a run already in, freshman David Jensen (Whittier, Calif./Mater Dei) relieved Diedrich on the mound. Jensen gave up two singles, but got two fly ball outs to end the inning with the score 5-4 Northwestern.
NU got those three runs back in the bottom half of the inning when Mule hit his fourth home run of the season to extend Northwestern's lead to 8-4. Mule's round-tripper was a two-run home run and it followed an RBI single by third baseman Jake Owens
(Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli).
A passed ball and a wild pitch allowed Northwestern to take a 10-4 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Two singles and a hit-by-pitch allowed NU to load the bases.
Jensen ran into some trouble in the top of the ninth inning, giving up three runs on three hits, including a two-run home run. Despite the late Panther charge, Jensen recorded his third save of the season.