May 8, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern scored four runs in the first two innings on its way to a 6-2 Tuesday afternoon win over Illinois-Chicago at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston. Junior Mike Kalina drove in two runs and four other Wildcats tallied two hits as NU upped its season record to 14-32 overall. With the win, Northwestern has won four of its last six games as it heads into this weekend's Big Ten series at Michigan State. Game one of the four-game Big Ten series begins Friday at 3 p.m. at the Spartans' Kobs Field. Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game will be played at Oldsmobile Park, home of the Lansing Lugnuts.
First baseman Jake Goebbert (Hampshire, Ill./Hampshire) and center fielder Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) each drove in painful runs in the first inning. Both hitters were hit-by-pitches with the bases loaded to record RBI.
Freshman lefty Joe Muraski (Rothschild, Wis./Pacelli) gave up one hit in the first inning and one more in the third, but did not allow any runs in three innings of work. He struck out four and earned the win, upping his season record to 3-4.
In the second inning, NU plated two unearned runs taking advantage of a Flames error that extended the inning. Second baseman Caleb Fields (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) singled home a run, followed by a Kalina single that recorded his second RBI of the game and 27th of the season.
Freshman David Jensen (Whittier, Calif./Mater Dei) took over mound duties to start the fourth inning and picked up right where Muraski left off. The left-hander pitched three scoreless innings, striking out two. It was Jensen's team-leading 18th appearance.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, right fielder Max Mann
(Los Angeles, Calif./Brentwood) doubled down the left field line and scored on catcher Chad Noble's
(Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall) single to left field. Both hits came with two outs.
After Jensen completed the sixth inning on the mound, classmate Jonathan Purcell (Oceanside, Calif./Vista) took over. Purcell fell victim to the error as one unearned run came around to score on a pair of singles.
The Wildcats got that run right back in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
Again with two outs, third baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) singled to center and scored on Goebbert's double down the left field line.
Owens' run made the score 6-1 Northwestern after seven complete innings.
Junior Bo Schultz (Dallas, Texas/Highland Park) pitched the final two innings, hitting speeds as high as 92 in the process. He gave up one unearned run on three hits.