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    Pitching Powers Wildcats Past Chicago State, 3-1

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Scott Heelan was one of two Wildcats with a pair of hits against Chicago State.

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Scott Heelan was one of two Wildcats with a pair of hits against Chicago State.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    April 30, 2013

     vs. Chicago State
     Box Score  NU 3, CSU 2
     Records  NU 19-17 (7-11 B1G), Chicago State 6-31 (3-13 GWC)
     Next Game
     vs. Western Michigan (Evanston, Ill.), May 1, 3:00 p.m.

    Watch: Chicago State Game Highlights

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- A three-run fourth inning and strong pitching performances by a quintet of Wildcats helped Northwestern knock off Chicago State in nonconference action Tuesday, 3-1. The 'Cats swept the season series from the Cougars, winning both contests by an identical score.

    Chicago State struck first Tuesday with run in the top of second inning against NU's Reed Mason. The Cougars picked up a pair of hits, but were also aided by two errors on the Wildcats in the frame. The damage could have been greater, however, Trevor Stevens threw out Ray Cekus at the plate to end the inning after one of the errors.

    Chicago State Game Highlights

    Northwestern retaliated with three runs of its own during the bottom of the fourth inning. Freshman Zach Jones led off the frame with an infield single before Scott Heelan followed with his second hit in as many at-bats. Both runners moved up 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt by Luke Dauch and Jones scored on a sinking line drive to center field by Colby Everett.

    Walker Moses gave the Wildcats the lead with an RBI sacrifice bunt of his own and Everett soon came around to score from second base when Stevens reached safely on an error by Chicago State's third baseman Joelh Calixto. After four innings, NU earned a two-run lead at 3-1.

    From that point on, pitching told the story. Northwestern used four relief pitchers behind Mason, who earned his second win of the season. Mason surrendered three hits and allowed a lone unearned run in the second inning. The left-hander matched a career high with five strikeouts in the victory.

    Following Mason's outing, Jack Quigley pitched a pair of near-perfect innings. The junior walked one, but added three strikeouts to set a season high. Dan Tyson struck out the side in the his only inning of work, the seventh. Next up, right-hander Jack Livingston allowed a hit in his inning of work and also recorded one punch-out.

    Kyle Ruchim climbed the hill in the ninth inning and threw well enough to earn his third save of the campaign. He ended the game by striking out Nathan Poff swinging. Two of Ruchim's three saves this season have come against the Cougars.

    On deck, the Wildcats will host the Western Michigan Broncos on Wednesday, May 1 at Rocky Miller Park. The teams are playing a make-up game after the originally scheduled contest was rained out on April 17. Wednesday's first pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

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