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    Northwestern Blanked by Panthers at Miller Park, 5-0

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Trevor Stevens picked up a pair of hits at Miller Park Wednesday.
    Trevor Stevens picked up a pair of hits at Miller Park Wednesday.

    April 24, 2013

     at Milwaukee (Miller Park)
     Box Score  UWM 5, NU 0
     Records  NU 17-15 (6-9 Big Ten), Milwaukee 14-16 (8-4 Horizon League)
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     at Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), April 26, 6:05 p.m.

    MILWAUKEE -- Northwestern surrendered three runs in the sixth inning, including a pair of unearned tallies, and the Milwaukee Panthers used that to scoot past the Wildcats Wednesday at Miller Park, 5-0.

    All nine hitters in UWM's lineup went to the plate in the turbulent sixth inning, although the Panthers collected only two hits. The Wildcats aided the home team's cause with four walks, two wild pitches, an error and a passed ball.

    On the flip side, Northwestern was unable to generate much offense as they picked up just four hits off five Milwaukee pitchers on the afternoon.

    Prior to the troublesome sixth inning, Reed Mason was the first Wildcat to take the mound Wednesday and the southpaw was efficient in his three innings of work. Mason surrendered just one hit, while striking out two without issuing a walk.

    Mason was relieved by classmate Matt Portland. The lefty worked his way through Milwaukee's lineup with relative ease until an infield single and a line drive to right-center field gave the Panthers the game's first runner to advance to second base in the bottom of the fifth inning. After a full-count walk, UWM's Michael Porcaro stepped to the dish with the bases loaded and hard-throwing right-hander Jack Livingston emerged from the NU bullpen. Livingston answered the call with a big strikeout of one of the Horizon League's leading hitters to get out of the jam.

    The Wildcats tried to seize the momentum gained from Livingston's strikeout to get its offense in gear in the top of the sixth. Jake Straub reached via a hit by pitch and the catcher was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Walker Moses. The lineup turned over for Trevor Stevens who promptly lined his second base hit of the afternoon to center field. Unfortunately for the 'Cats, Milwaukee's Mike Schneider induced back-to-back pop-outs to end escape the threat unharmed.

    Milwaukee became the first side to dent the scoreboard by taking advantage of a few Northwestern miscues in the bottom of the sixth. Will Fadness drew a lead-off walk and, after moving to second on a wild pitch, scored on a double down the left-field line. Jonathan Capasso reached on an error and later came home on a passed ball.

    Head coach Paul Stevens tapped Ethan Bramschreiber from the 'pen with a pair of runners in scoring position and one away. One more run would score on the inning's second wild pitch before Northwestern's defense was able to vacate the diamond when relief pitcher Dan Tyson got a sharp grounder to third baseman Colby Everett.

    Tyson also worked well through the seventh inning as he struck out the side. He finished his outing Wednesday with four strikeouts in two innings of work.

    NU's lineup was unable to get much going for the rest of the afternoon against Milwaukee's bullpen. Moses picked up a one-out single in the top of the eighth, but he was later forced at second base to end the stanza. Jack Havey drew a one-out walk in the ninth, but a double play ended the ballgame in favor of the home team.

    Northwestern hops back into Big Ten play this weekend with a three-game series against in-state rival Illinois in downstate Champaign, Ill. The Wildcats and Illini will kick off the set with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch on Friday, April 26 at Illinois Field. All three games will be televised on the Big Ten Digital Network.


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