May 2, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 6, Oakland 0
Records: NU (16-26), Oakland (18-26)
Next NU Event: Friday, May 4 -- at Ohio State (Columbus, Ohio) 6 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Juniors Colby Everett and Jack Havey each hit bases-clearing doubles and five Northwestern pitchers combined on a shutout as the Wildcats blanked Oakland 6-0 Wednesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
After losing a shutout with two out in the ninth inning of a 2-1 win over Northern Illinois the previous night, the Wildcats were able to finish the deal in Wednesday's contest.
NU used a two-out rally to race in front in the bottom of the first. Chris Van Dyke retired the first two batters he faced before Havey doubled and Kyle Ruchim
and Jack Livingston
followed with walks. Everett brought them all home as he ripped a double to the wall in left field to put the hosts in front.
Nick Friar got the start on the mound for the Wildcats and worked around a single in each of the three innings he tossed as he exited with the three-run lead.
Dan Tyson pitched the middle three frames hitless, allowing just a leadoff walk in the top of the fifth. After Ethan Bramschreiber tossed a scoreless seventh inning, NU gave itself some breathing room in the bottom half of the frame.
Hayden Fox began the inning as the Golden Grizzlies' fifth of eight pitchers on the day and allowed consecutive singles to Hamilton Wise and Zach Morton to open the inning before Paul Snieder was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Havey then emptied them as he ripped a three-run double to left-center to make it a 6-0 game.
Michael Jahns came on to pitch the eighth inning and struck out the first two batters he faced to make it 11 in a row retired by Northwestern pitchers. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases for Oakland, but Jahns was able to fan Aaron Cieslak to maintain the shutout.
Kyle Ruchim got the ball in the ninth and struck out the side in order to preserve the win and give the Wildcat pitchers 12 strikeouts in the contest.
NU finished with an 8-4 edge in the hit column, including two apiece by Morton, Havey and Wise. Friar was credited with the win, the first of his collegiate career. He allowed three hits and struck out three in his three innings of work.
Northwestern returns to action Friday as it opens a three-game Big Ten series at Ohio State.
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