April 29, 2003
EVANSTON, Ill. -
David Gresky (North Royalton, Ohio/St. Ignatius) and Anthony Wycklendt (Glendale, Wis./Nicolet) each hit home runs in NU's six-run fourth inning, as the Wildcats defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee 13-10 at Rocky Miller Park Tuesday afternoon. NU scored 11 runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to improve its season record to 19-16.
Playing its third mid-week game this year, NU clobbered Panther pitching for 15 hits and knocked out the UWM starter after three and one-third innings. Northwestern won its fifth game in a row.
Gresky knocked in four runs on the day, to up his team-leading RBI total to 35. Wycklendt, who hit his third mid-week round-tripper, drove in three with his blast over the left-field fence. Gresky's team-leading seventh home run is the most homers by a Wildcat since Joe Hietpas's 11 in 1999 .
With Northwestern in front 13-2, UWM mounted a comeback and scored eight runs in the final three innings. The Panthers matched NU's six-run inning, scoring six of their own in the top of the eighth.
Wildcat shortstop/closer, Jon Mikrut (Wauconda, Ill./Carmel) came on in relief with a runner on second and two outs left in the ninth. Mikrut ended the Panther threat to earn his fourth save of the year. Mikrut came on in place of freshman Julio Siberio (Davie, Fla./St, Thomas Aquinas) who relieved sophomore Evan Blesoff (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) after one and two-third innings. Blesoff started the seventh inning, replacing starter Dan Pohlman (Barrington, Ill./Barrington). Pohlman went six complete innings, giving up two runs on four hits and striking out four. He improved his record to 2-2 on the season.
Mikrut also went 2-for-5 at the plate, driving in his 22nd and 23rd RBI of the season.
Offensively for the 'Cats, starting catcher Pat McMahon (Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) was 3-for-5 and upped his average to .300 on the season. Right-fielder Brandon Ackley (Carmel, Ind./ Carmel) was 3-for-3 with an RBI before being replaced in the sixth inning.
Leadoff hitter Stanley Finch (Lubbock, Texas/Cooper) was 2-for-3 on the day and totaled two RBI.
The 'Cats are next in action when they host Iowa in a four-game Big Ten series, with the first game scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday.