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    Wildcats Blank Buckeyes: Farrell Shuts Down Ohio State in Opener, 8-0

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Ruchim had two hits including a bases-clearing double in Saturday's win.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Kyle Ruchim had two hits including a bases-clearing double in Saturday's win.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 4, 2013

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     vs. Ohio State
     Box Score  NU 8, OSU 0
     Records  NU 20-18 (8-11 B1G), OSU 30-14 (12-7 B1G)
     Next Game
     vs. Ohio State (Evanston, Ill.), May 4, 3:00 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern tagged Ohio State for six runs in the second inning to provide more than enough offense as the Wildcats blanked the Buckeyes in the opener of a three-game set at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, 8-0.

    Starting pitcher Luke Farrell was brilliant on the bump once again for NU. In his final start at Rocky Miller Park, the Westlake, Ohio, native surrendered only two hits in eight shutout innings of work. Farrell masterfully struck out eight Buckeyes and lowered his ERA to an eye-popping 1.60 as he notched his third victory of the season.

    Ohio State Game Highlights

    Northwestern's offense really flustered OSU starting pitcher Brad Goldberg in the bottom of the second inning. The fifth-year senior had trouble locating the strike zone and the 'Cats made him pay dearly. Scott Heelan lined a single off Goldberg and into center field to lead off before Jack Livingston drew a walk. Colby Everett was then hit by a pitch to load the bases ahead of Walker Moses. Moses drew the first of his two walks on the day for an easy RBI to give the Wildcats a 1-0 lead.

    The offense was far from finished, however. Trevor Stevens laced a base hit to left to score Livingston and keep the bases juiced for Kyle Ruchim. The centerfielder hit a sharp ground ball off OSU's third baseman that rolled into foul territory and rattled around long enough for a double that would clear the bases and make it 5-0 in favor of the home team. Two batters later, Jack Havey picked up the first of two RBI singles to left field to plate Ruchim for the sixth and final run of the frame.

    Zach Morton ended the top of the fourth with a spectacular defensive play from his spot at second base and the offense went to work again in the bottom half. Ruchim led off the frame with a line drive to center field and Morton found a hole on the left side of the infield for his first of two hits on the day. Havey then delivered the second RBI single of the day to make it 7-0 after just four innings.

    Northwestern added its eighth and final run of the game against reliever Luke McGee in the last of the seventh. Nick Linne, who took over at third abse for Everett, led off with a double down the line in left. Moses added an infield single to send Linne to third and Stevens brought him home with a sacrifice fly to the gap in left-center field.

    Jack Quigley relieved Farrell in the ninth inning and supported his teammate with a scoreless stanza and a strikeout to boot.

    Eight of Northwestern's nine starters in the lineup reached base safely Saturday and four of those players notched at least two hits. Ruchim matched a career high with three RBI in the victory, while Stevens picked up his 16th stolen base of the season to set a new career high.

    Goldberg took the loss for the Buckeyes, his first of the season. The right-hander entered the weekend with a 6-0 record in 11 starts this season.

    With Saturday's win, the 20th of the season, NU has secured at least 20 wins for the 22nd time in 26 seasons under head coach Paul Stevens. It was also the 301st Big Ten victory in Stevens' illustrious career.

    The three-game series continues with the middle game on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Rocky Miller Park. Before the game, Northwestern will honor its five graduating seniors and their families- Everett, Farrell, Havey, Morton and Stevens - in a brief on-field ceremony.

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