May 14, 2006
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Junior left-hander Dan Brauer threw Northwestern's 13th no-hitter in school history in the Wildcats first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston. Northwestern won 7-0. It was the first blanking by a Wildcat hurler since Zach Schara defeated Penn State 4-0 back on April 18, 1999. Brauer struck out eight and walked one to improve his record to 6-1.
Brauer allowed only two Spartan runners to reach base, the first on a passed ball by the catcher. With his seven-complete innings, Brauer has now thrown 14 consecutive innings without allowing a run in back-to-back shutouts. He has thrown six complete games this season, all in the Big Ten.
In the game, right fielder Antonio Mule (Lodi, N.J./Lodi) gave NU a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he lined a single over the out-stretched arm of the Spartan shortstop. Second baseman Jake Owens (Stevens Point, Wis./Pacelli) scored on the play after reaching base with a one-out single. Owens stole second and tagged up a foul-fly ball down the right field line to reach third.
Northwestern manufactured its second run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) led off the inning with an infield single and went to second on Owens' second hit of the game. First baseman Pat McMahon (Mundelein, Ill./Carmel) executed a perfect sacrifice bunt and Mule launched the first pitch he saw into centerfield, giving NU a 2-0 lead.
NU exploded for five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to go ahead 7-0. Catcher Geoff Dietz (Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich) singled home a run and shortstop Tommy Finn (Valparaiso, Ind./Pacelli) doubled home a pair of RBI. Newman and Owens also had RBI singles.
In his last two starts, Brauer has struck out 18, walked four and allowed only four hits. He lowered his overall ERA to 3.36. His conference ERA is 2.17 with 45.2 innings pitched. He has thrown a total of 77.2 innings and has a Big Ten best 83 strikeouts.