May 11, 2013
| at No. 14 Indiana
| Box Score
|| NU 12, IU 1
|| NU 22-22 (9-14 B1G), IU 37-11 (14-6 B1G)
| Next Game
|| at No. 14 Indiana (Bloomington, Ind.), May 12, 12:05 p.m. CT
**The StudentU broacast of this game will re-air on the Big Ten Network on Monday, May 13 at 11:30 a.m. CT**
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Northwestern scored early and often Saturday afternoon and its starting pitcher was magnificent on the hill as the Wildcats evened their series with No. 14 Indiana with a 12-1 victory at Bart Kaufman Field in Bloomington, Ind.
First baseman Jack Havey shouldered much of the load on offense for NU as he matched a career high with three hits and set a new career-high mark with six RBI. Brandon Magallonessparkled on the mound as he picked up his team-high fifth win of the season in his second complete game of the season and his first in a victorious effort. The sophomore mastered the Big Ten's most potent offense and held the Hoosiers to a lone run on two hits on the afternoon. The young right-hander fanned six and did not issue a base on balls all day long.
Northwestern jumped all over Indiana's starting pitcher, Kyle Hart, and batted around in the top of the first inning. Trevor Stevens roped the game's second pitch to the corner in left field for a double before Kyle Ruchim and Zach Mortonreached on back-to-back infield singles. Havey then drove in the game's first two runs with the third-consecutive infield base hit for the Wildcats.
Next, Scott Heelan reached safely on a fielder's choice to load the bases once again for left fielder Jack Mitchell. Mitchell crushed a double deep to center field to bring Morton and Havey home and expand NU's lead to four runs. Hart eventually recorded back-to-back strikeouts and induced a foul ball that stayed in ball and was caught for the third out.
The afternoon did not get much better for Hart in the top of the second, however. The southpaw handed out back-to-back four-pitch walks to Stevens and Ruchim and his outing was done at that point. Morton greeted Christian Morriswith a sacrifice bunt before Havey continued his prolific performance at the plate with a double to the opposite field in right to bring Stevens and Ruchim home once again. After two innings of play Northwestern led the Hoosiers, 6-0.
On the mound for the Wildcats, Magallones was sharp as he worked his way through IU's lineup the first time. The right-hander retired the first eight batters he faced in order with two strikeouts before a hit-by-pitch reached as the home team's first base runner. The very next pitch was grounded softly to Stevens at shortstop, however, and the inning was quietly over.
Morton and Heelan ignited the offense once again in the top of the fourth inning. Morton lined a one-out single up the middle and two batters later, Heelan clobbered his second home run of the season deep into the IU bullpen in left field to make it 8-0 'Cats. The blast was not only the second long ball of the season for Heelan, but the second of the week. The catcher also went yard in the sixth inning of Northwestern's 5-3 triumph at UIC on Tuesday, May 7.
Indiana finally got its first hit of the ballgame when Dustin DeMuthsingled back up the middle with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Magallones struck out the next hitter for his third punch-out of the day, then Heelan threw out DeMuth as he tried to steal second base to end the inning.
The top of Northwestern's lineup continued to terrorize the Hoosiers in the top of the sixth inning. Stevens drew his second walk of the day as he reached safely for the fourth time and proceeded to steal both second and third base for his 18th and 19th swipes of the season. Morton walked and got to second on a wild pitch to set the stage once again for Havey. The senior laced a base hit up the middle to bring both runners home and extend the Wildcats lead to 10-0.
Havey's sixth-inning single helped him match a career high with three hits and set a new career best with six RBI. Previously, Havey had driven in five runs on two occasions for his team.
Northwestern continued to pour it on in the top of the eighth. The first three Wildcats walked to load the bases and Walker Moses scored on a wild pitch from Indiana's Walker Stadler. Morton, who scored three times Saturday, drove in his 30th run of the season with a grounder to third that plated Stevens for the final run of the ballgame.
The first five hitters in the Wildcats lineup combined to pound out nine hits and score 11 runs in the victory. Stevens scored a career-high four runs and Ruchim extended his hitting streak to eight games in the win as well.
Indiana and Northwestern will get together for a Mother's Day matinee in the rubber match on Sunday, May 12 at 12:05 p.m. The game will be streamed live on the Big Ten Digital Network. Free audio is also available through IUHoosiers.com.
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