May 15, 2012
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Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Notre Dame 9, Northwestern 4
Records: NU (17-34), Notre Dame (28-23)
Next NU Event: Thursday, May 17 -- vs. Saint Louis (Rocky Miller Park), 3 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern collected 13 hits, but left 12 baserunners stranded as the Wildcats dropped a 9-4 decision to Notre Dame Tuesday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
Kyle Ruchim led NU with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, including hitting three doubles.
The Wildcats' home field has been anything but a launching pad this season as Northwestern and its opponents had combined for just three home runs through the first 17 games played at Rocky Miller Park this season. However, the Irish matched the total in Tuesday's game alone.
Trey Mancini got the guests out to an early lead as he took advantage of a stiff wind blowing out to left field, connecting for a three-run shot off Dan Tyson in the top of the first inning.
The 'Cats bounced right back in their half of the first. With two men on, Ruchim drilled his first double of the day, plating Paul Snieder to get Northwestern on the board. An RBI single by Colby Everett made it 3-2 and the Wildcats had runners on the corners with one out, but a double play ended the frame.
Notre Dame got a run back in the top of the second as Frank DeSico capped a string of three straight singles by plating Mac Hudgins to extend the Irish's lead to two.
Tyson settled in after the rough start, retiring eight straight batters before a single by DeSico and a one-out, two-run homer by Eric Jagielo pushed Notre Dame's advantage to 6-2 and ended Tyson's day. Ethan Bramschreiber came on and allowed Macini's second round-tripper of the day and then exited after allowing a single. With Jack Quigley on the mound, the second of NU's four errors in the contest brought home another run to make it 8-2.
The Wildcats got to reliever Steve Sabatino in the sixth as Ruchim started the inning with a two-base hit and consecutive singles got Northwestern within 8-3 with runners on the corners and nobody out. However, Sean Fitzgerald came on and struck out the side to prevent any further damage.
NU had two on with one out in the seventh but couldn't tally before Notre Dame got one final run in the eighth on a a two-out, run-scoring single by DeSico, his fourth hit of the afternoon.
After leaving two more on in the bottom of the eighth, the Wildcats got one final run in the ninth. Mike Trucco started the inning with an infield single and Ruchim followed with his third double of the day, but Northwestern settled for just one run on a groundout by Cody Stevens.
Northwestern returns to action at 3 p.m. Thursday as it opens its final series of the season, hosting Saint Louis at Rocky Miller Park. The series continues Friday and Saturday.
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