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    Northwestern Pulls Away for 12-7 Victory Over Chicago State

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Luke Dauch had four hits and drove in three runs.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Luke Dauch had four hits and drove in three runs.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    April 24, 2012

    Box Score

    Chicago State Game Highlights

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
    Score: Northwestern 12, Chicago State 7
    Records: NU (14-23), Chicago State (5-28)
    Next NU Event: Wednesday, April 25 -- vs. North Central (Rocky Miller Park), 3 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshman Luke Dauch went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate and drove in the go-ahead runs with a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Northwestern pulled away late for a 12-7 victory over Chicago State Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.

    Paul Snieder worked the final innings scoreless on the mound to earn his 18th career save, giving him sole possession of first place in Northwestern history. Greg Ziesemer posted 17 saves from 1994-96.

    The Wildcats had a tough time shaking free from the Cougars as the squads were tied 7-7 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Andrew tucker came on to pitch for Chicago State and allowed a leadoff single to Kyle Ruchim before pinch hitter Colby Everett drew a walk to give NU two on with no one out.

    Andrew Watson then relieved Tucker and Nick Linne bunt both runner into scoring position. Watson got a strikeout for the second out, but Dauch singled back up the middle for his fourth hit of the game, plating a pair to put Northwestern in front for good.

    Chicago State Game Highlights

    The Wildcats tacked on a trio of insurance runs in the eighth as Ruckim had a run-scoring double and Hamilton Wise plated two with a single on the first pitch he saw from Steven O'Hair to finish off the scoring.

    That was enough for Snieder who worked around a two-out bloop single in the ninth to record his record-setting save.

    NU struggled to shake off the Cougars who jumped out to an early lead with a four-run second inning. Albert Carpen, who came into the contest batting .464, had the big hit in the frame, a three-run triple with two outs.

    However, the Wildcats answered right back against Chicago State starter in Jose Leon in the bottom half of the frame. Reid Hunter collected his first collegiate hit, a run-scoring double that plated Ruchim to get Northwestern on the board. Jake Straub and Zach Morton added RBI singles in the inning as the hosts got back to within 4-3.

    Dan Tyson came on to relieve Nick Friar to start the third and pitched a pair of scoreless innings before NU surged in front with a four-run fourth inning. With a runner on third and one out, Dauch hit an RBI single to tie the game. Snieder came to the plate with the bases juiced against new pitcher Gregory Day and he hit a run-scoring single to put Northwestern in front. Cody Stevens would score another run before Ruchim plated the fourth run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-4.

    The Cougars answered right back with three runs in the top of the fifth, collecting three runs on four hits and a Northwestern error to tie the game, but Tyson faced the minimum in the sixth and seventh innings before the Wildcats' offense took over.

    NU finished with an 15-11 edge in the hit column. Dauch had three RBI to go along with his career-high four hits while Ruchim scored three times, had two hits and drove in a pair. Tyson (3-2) worked five innings to get the win. He allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out four.

    Northwestern returns to action Wednesday when it hosts North Central College at 3 p.m.

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