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    Northwestern Squeaks Past UIC, 3-2

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Francis Brooke picked up his first victory of the season.
    Francis Brooke picked up his first victory of the season.

    May 10, 2011

    Box Score

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
    Score: Northwestern 3, UIC 2
    Records: NU (16-27), UIC (22-23)
    Next NU Event: Wednesday, May 11 -- vs. University of Chicago (Rocky Miller Park), 3 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Francis Brooke didn't allow an earned run over five innings of work and Brant Cavagnaro came off the bench to collect two hits as Northwestern defeated UIC 3-2 Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.

    Brooke worked around baserunners in each of the first two innings before UIC took advantage of a Northwestern miscue to score a run in the top of the third. With Nick Addison on first and one out, Alex De Larosa singled to center. Addison headed to third on the play and was awarded home when the throw attempting to nab him went out of play.

    Collin Weyer did a good job of getting the Wildcats to hit the ball on the ground early on as the hosts struggled to get their offense going. NU finally put its leadoff man on base in the bottom of the fifth as Nick Linne started the inning with a single to left field. With one out, back-to-back singles by Cody Stevens and Trevor Stevens loaded the bases and marked the end of Weyer's day.

    Tim Suminski came on to face Paul Snieder and his chopper over the mound plated Linne from third to tie the game. The Flames intended to intentionally walk Chris Lashmet to load the bases, but the first offering from Suminski resulted in a hit-by-pitch. Jack Livingston then came to the plate with the bases full and two outs and he was also hit by Suminski's first offering, giving Northwestern a 2-1 lead.



    Ethan Bramschreiber came on to replace Brooke to start the sixth, but three straight singles resulted in a tie game. UIC had two men in scoring position with one away when the Wildcats gave Jon Ryan a free pass to load the bases. The strategy worked to perfection as Bramschreiber got Harry Kammholz to ground into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play to keep the game tied.

    Northwestern mounted its winning rally in the ensuing half inning as Cavagnaro started things with a pinch-hit single up the middle. The senior then stole second and advanced to third on a one-out hit by Rowan. Colby Everett, another pinch hitter, then came through with a perfectly executed safety squeeze bunt that scored Cavagnaro to put NU up 3-2.

    After Bramschreiber worked around a one-out single in the seventh, Jack Quigley worked the eighth and stranded two more baserunners.

    Kyle Ruchim came on to work the ninth and Josh Nevers put the tying run on base with a one-out single. However, Ruchim got Nick Addison to hit into a game-ending twin-killing to preserve the victory.

    Brooke (1-2) allowed just five hits and one run (none earned) while striking out two over five strong innings to earn the victory. Ruchim picked up his second save.

    Northwestern returns to action at 3 p.m. Wednesday as it takes on University of Chicago at Rocky Miller Park.


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