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    Northwestern Clipped by Milwaukee at Miller Park, 6-4

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    Dan Tyson delivers a pitch to the plate.

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    Dan Tyson delivers a pitch to the plate.
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    May 9, 2012

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    Site: Milwaukee, Wis. (Miller Park)
    Score: Milwaukee 6, Northwestern 4
    Records: NU (16-31), Milwaukee (20-24)
    Next NU Event: Friday, May 11 - vs. Indiana (Rocky Miller Park), 3 p.m.

    MILWAUKEE -- Zach Morton had three hits and Jack Havey drove in three runs, but Northwestern was edged by Milwaukee 6-4 at Miller Park Wednesday afternoon.

    The elements helped the Panthers get on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. With one down, Paul Hoenecke hit a routine flyball to left, but the ball was lost in the sun, resulting in a double. Phil Striggow followed with an RBI single to center to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.

    Northwestern surged in front in the top of the third against reliever Alex Erdman. Walker Moses started the inning by drawing a walk before Morton singled, giving NU two on with one out. A forceout at second and a passed ball gave the Wildcats two in scoring position for Havey who delivered a two-run single to right to put Northwestern in front 2-1.

    Milwaukee Game Highlights

    The Panthers got an unearned run back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game. Luke Meeteer doubled with one down and moved to third on a groundout before scoring on a passed ball. UWM then took a 4-2 lead in the fifth as Hoenecke hit a two-run home run to right.

    The scoring spree continued in the top of the fifth as Northwestern got a run back and nearly tied the game. A one-out single by Morton made him 3-for-3 on the day before Paul Snieder doubled to the gap in right-center, putting two in scoring position. Havey brought home Morton with a grounder to second to make it 4-3. Kyle Ruchim nearly tied the game, but shortstop Tell Taylor robbed him of a hit with a nice defensive play to end the inning.

    Dan Tyson worked into the sixth inning, but exited after allowing a single and a double to start the frame. Michael Jahns came on in relief and limited the damage to one run on a sacrifice fly by Hoenecke to extend the Panthers' lead to two.

    Milwaukee threatened in the seventh, getting runners to second and third with one out, but a failed squeeze bunt and a strikeout by Jahns kept the deficit at two.

    A leadoff error by the Panthers in the top of the eighth helped NU close to within a run. Havey was at second with two down when pinch hitter Patrick Miller delivered an RBI single to right as the Wildcats closed to within 5-4. However, representing the tying run, Miller was left stranded at second.

    Jahns retired the first two batters in the bottom of eighth, but a two-out rally netted Milwaukee an insurance run. A walk and a hit batter preceded a run-scoring single by Jonathan Capasso that made it 6-4.

    Jordan Guth, UWM's eighth pitcher of the day, worked around a one-out single by Hamilton Wise in the top of the ninth to earn the save.

    Tyson (3-3) took the loss, surrendering five runs (four earned) in five-plus innings of work. He allowed eight hits and struck out four.

    Northwestern returns to action at 3 p.m. Friday as it opens up a three-game Big Ten series with Indiana at Rocky Miller Park.

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