May 6, 2007
Northwestern scored the winning run in the top of the 10th inning to defeat Minnesota 6-5 Sunday afternoon at Siebert Field in Minneapolis. The win gave the Wildcats a series split 2-2 and ups their record to 13-32 overall, 5-19 Big Ten. Junior Max Mann went 2-for-3 with three RBI and senior Geoff Dietz had the game-winning RBI on a safety squeeze. The `Cats are next in action when they host Chicago State at Rocky Miller Park Monday afternoon. Game time is set for 3 p.m.
After scoreless first and second innings, Northwestern put up three runs in the top of the third inning. The big blow came when right fielder Max Mann (Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) lined a bases-loaded, two-RBI double to the left centerfield wall. First baseman Jake Goebbert (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) scored NU's first run of the inning when he led off with a single to left field. He scored two hitters later when Mike Kalina (Munster, Ind./Munster) singled to left field. A walk to Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) and a single by Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Andrean) loaded the bases for Mann.
Goebbert started the offense again in the fourth inning. His two-out single scored when Mule lined his eighth double of the season to the left center field wall. Mule's 32nd RBI of the season gave NU a 4-0 lead.
Minnesota got one run back as a leadoff double came around to score on a wild pitch. An over-the-shoulder great grab by Jim Grieco (Glenview, Ill./Loyola) allowed the runner to move to third, setting up the wild pitch.
Kalina came around to score his second run and Northwestern's fifth of the game after leading off the fifth with a double to the wall in left field. Kalina went to second on Finn's sacrifice bunt and scored on Mann's safety squeeze. It was Mann's third RBI of the game.
Wildcat starter Andrew Smith (Fort Mitchell, Ky./Beechwood) gave up just three hits through the first five innings, but ran into trouble in the sixth. After a sacrifice fly scored the Gophers second run of the game, Smith induced a rally-killing, inning-ending double play.
The Gophers threatened again in the bottom of the seventh, this time putting runners on second and third with one out. The two Gophers on base prompted head coach Paul Stevens to make a change on the mound. Senior right-hander Ryan Myers (Lake Villa, Ill./Carmel) entered the game and after a fly out and a walk, Gopher Mike Mee singled to left to drive in two runs and make the score 5-4 NU. With runners still on first and second and two outs, another Minnesota single tied the game 5-5.
Smith pitched six and one-third innings, gave up four runs on five hits in his second start of the season.
In the top of the 10th inning, Northwestern took advantage of a Gopher error to score the winning run. Finn reached on a fielding error by the Gopher shortstop and stole second. Mann had an infield single that got away from the Minnesota first baseman, which allowed Finn to move to third. Pinch-hitter Geoff Dietz then laid down a perfect safety squeeze for the go-ahead run.
Myers earned the win after picking up a save in game one of the series. He pitched three and two-third innings. He gave up one run on four hits.