May 9, 2010
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Indiana 1, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (21-27, 10-8 Big Ten), Indiana (23-22, 9-9 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Tuesday, May 11 -- vs. UIC (Rocky Miler Park), 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Francis Brooke and Paul Snieder combined to not allow an earned run as Northwestern came up on the short end of a pitchers' duel with Indiana Sunday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park, falling 1-0.
Indiana got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning against NU starter Francis Brooke. Leadoff batter Micah Johnson reached on an error and would come around to score on a single to left by Alex Dickerson.
Indiana which had allowed nine or more runs in each of its previous seven games, got a stellar performance on the mound from Matt Carr. The junior right-hander baffled Wildcat hitters, allowing only one hit through the first six innings of play.
The Wildcats were finally able to get a rally going in the seventh. Zach Morton, who had NU's only previous hit in the contest, doubled with one away. He would then advance to third base on a single to left by Trevor Stevens.
With Alex Seyferth at the plate, things got a little wacky. Stevens advanced to second on a wild pitch to give Northwestern two in scoring position. Seyferth then fouled off a 3-2 offering from Carr that bounced straight up and hit the senior under the eye, forcing him to leave the game. When NU brought on Hamilton Wise as Seyferth's replacement, Indiana turned to closer Chris Squires. The senior righty was able to record a strikeout and a groundout to end the Wildcats' threat.
In the bottom of the eighth, Northwestern got a leadoff single by Geoff Rowan and he then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. However, Squires was up to the task again as he held the hosts at bay before retiring the 'Cats in order in the ninth.
Brooke (5-4) deserved a better fate than suffering the loss. He hurled 7 1/3 strong innings without allowing an earned run. He scattered 10 hits while striking out four and walking one intentionally.
Northwestern returns to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday as it hosts UIC at Rocky Miller Park.
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