May 3, 2014
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Michigan burst out of the chute with nine runs in the first inning and the Wolverines never looked back as they evened the three-game series with an 18-6 victory at Rocky Miller Park Saturday.
NU starting pitcher Brandon Magallones was roughed up in the top of the first on a sunny day at the ballpark. The first two hitters that Magallones faced walked, then Jackson Glines put the visitors on top with a three-run home run, the first of his career. The Wolverines added an RBI double from Kendall Patrick and RBI singles by Patrick White and Jacob Cronenworth before Magallones got a ground ball to first baseman Matt Hopfner that ended the frame.
Michigan added a run in the second inning before NU's offense began to touch up its starting pitcher, Trent Szkutnik, in the bottom of the third inning. Reid Hunter kicked things off with a single to left field and Luke Dauch and Hopfner followed with base hits of their own to load the bases ahead of second baseman Scott Heelan. The third hitter in the Wildcats lineup unclogged the bases with his ninth double of the season that allowed all three of his teammates to score and shrink the deficit to seven runs. Two batters later, Joe Hoscheit added another run when Heelan scored on a ground out to third base.
Neither team scored in the fourth inning, while Michigan tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth. Patrick led off the frame with his third home run, and later, Cronenworth drove in his third run of the day with a single to left field.
A solo home run by Kevin White against reliever Ethan Bramschreiber made it 13-4 and a five-run eighth inning all but put the game out of reach for the Wildcats.
Facing a significant deficit, Chicago's Big Ten Team kept fighting until the end, however. In the bottom of the eighth, NU plated two more runs against Michigan reliever Alex Lakatos. Hunter was credited with an RBI when he walked with the bases loaded to allow Hoscheit to score and Dauch hit a sacrifice fly that traveled deep enough to allow Jake Straub to score.
Heelan and Hunter each produced two hits for Northwestern Saturday. The duo also combined to drive in four of the team's six runs against the Wolverines.
Northwestern will look to win its second series in the last three weeks when it hosts Michigan in the rubber match on Sunday afternoon. A pair of lefties are slated to start the ballgame with Reed Mason going for NU and Logan McAnallen for U-M.
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