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    'Cats Unable to Overcome Early Deficit in 6-3 Loss to Maroons

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Ruchim drove in two runs for the Wildcats.
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    Kyle Ruchim drove in two runs for the Wildcats.
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    May 8, 2012

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    University of Chicago Game Highlights

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
    Score: U. of Chicago 6, Northwestern 3
    Records: NU (16-30), U. of Chicago (23-12)
    Next NU Event: Wednesday, May 9 - at UW-Milwaukee (Miller Park), approximately 4 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern fell behind early and was never able to recover, falling to University of Chicago 6-3 in nonconference action Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.

    NU starter Nick Friar struggled right out of the gates, walking the first two batters he faced before allowing a two-run double to Ricky Troncelliti to put the Maroons in front.

    The Wildcats stranded a baserunner in each of the first two innings before breaking through for a run in the third. Paul Snieder started things with a two-out double to the wall in left field before Jack Havey dumped a single into center field to get Northwestern within 2-1.

    Chicago added three runs to its lead in the top of the fifth inning, though the ball left the infield only one time. A pair of infield singles gave the guests two on with one out and marked the end of Friar's afternoon. Ethan Bramschreiber came on in relief, but issued back-to-back walks, including one that drove in a run, to make it a 3-1 game. A fielder's choice grounder also plated a run before a single to right by Brett Huff, the only ball to reach the outfield in the frame, stretched the Maroons' advantage to 5-1.

    Northwestern got right back in the game in the bottom half of the inning with some help from Chicago. Two hit batters by Alex Garcia and an error allowed the 'Cats to load the bases with two away. Kyle Ruchim then delivered a solid single to center that plated a pair to get NU back within two runs.

    University of Chicago Game Highlights

    The Maroons added a big insurance run to their lead in the top of the eighth. Quigley got a third strike on Stephen Williams to open the inning, but a passed ball allowed Williams to reach first. He was at second base with two down when Steven Schwabe dribbled a grounder through the right side of the infield to extend Chicago's lead to 6-3.

    After Snieder stranded a pair of baserunners in the top of the ninth inning, Northwestern mounted one final threat in the bottom half. Hamilton Wise led off the frame with a single to left before Zach Morton drew a walk, bringing the tying run to the plate with no one out. However, the Wildcats were unable to rally.

    Friar (1-1) took the loss, allowing five hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings of work. He struck out two and walked a pair. Garcia (4-2) worked five innings to pick up the win, while Matt O'Connor tossed four scoreless innings of relief to earn the save.

    Northwestern returns to action Wednesday as it travels to Miller Park in Milwaukee to face UW-Milwaukee at approximately 4 p.m. The contest follows a 12:10 p.m. contest between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Cincinnati Reds. Parking and admission to the Wildcats' game is free after the eighth inning of the MLB game.

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