May 4, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
Northwestern scored five runs in the sixth inning on their way to a 9-7 win over second place Minnesota Friday night at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. Senior Caleb Fields was 4-for-5 with three RBI as NU ups its season record to 12-30 overall, 4-17 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats and Gophers play a Saturday doubleheader starting at 2:05 p.m. (CT)
Second baseman Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) drove in NU's first run of the game with a single to left field. Third baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) walked, stole second and scored on Fields' hit.
Minnesota's first four hitters all reached base off Wildcat starter Joe Muraski (Rothschild, Wis./D.C. Everest), three with singles, to score two runs and take a 2-1 lead after the first inning.
After Goebbert tied the game 2-2 with a two-out single that scored Owens, left fielder Mike Kalina (Munster, Ind./Munster) took advantage of a Minnesota error. Kalina lined a double off the right field wall to score Goebbert and Fields. Fields reached on the error. Kalina's fifth double of the year made the score 4-2 in favor of Northwestern.
Minnesota scored two unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game 4-4. A one-out double and a RBI-groundout scored the Gopher runs.
Minnesota's Mike Mee hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to give the Gophers a 5-4 lead.
The Wildcats answered when Owens lined a one-out, bases-loaded single into right field to score Max Mann (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) and Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean). Mann reached on a bunt single and Finn was hit by a pitch. Centerfielder Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) walked to load the bases for Owens. After Mule walked to reload the bases, Goebbert hit a chopper to second base to score NU's seventh run of the game. Newman scored on Goebbert's RBI groundout. Fields followed with a double off the centerfield wall to score two more runs and make the score 9-5. Owens and Mule scored on Fields' second double of the game.
Senior Ryan Myers
(Lake Villa, Ill./Carmel) relieved Muraski in the top of the seventh inning. After a leadoff walk, a double play and strikeout ended the inning.
Myers gave up two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning on two hits.
The score after eight complete innings was Northwestern 9, Minnesota 7.
One runner reached on an error in the ninth inning, but a strikeout, a fly ball and a foul-out ended the game. Myers picked up his first save of the season, throwing the final three innings.
Muraski earned the win, upping his season total to 2-4.