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    Wildcats Close Out Home Schedule With 5-2 Win Over Northern Illinois

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Ryan Myers struck out a career high eight batters in Tuesday's 5-2 win.
    Freshman Ryan Myers struck out a career high eight batters in Tuesday's 5-2 win.

    May 18, 2004

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshman Ryan Myers pitched eight complete innings, and Mark Ori went 4-for-4 as Northwestern defeated Northern Illinois, 5-2, Tuesday afternoon in Evanston. Making his second start of the season, Myers struck out a career high eight Huskies, as the Wildcats closed out their home schedule. NU went 11-8 at 'The Rock' this season.

    The Huskies (27-26) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning. After a walk to lead off the inning, a wild pitch and a two-out single to right field plated the runner.

    NU (24-26-1) bounced right back, scoring four runs on four hits in the bottom half of the inning. Freshman second baseman Caleb Fields got things started with a one-out single through the left side and quickly stole second. Third baseman Josh Lieberman was hit by a pitch and moved to second on Matt Brimmer's RBI single to left field. Fields scored on the play. Ori followed Brimmer with an RBI single through the left side, giving NU a 2-1 lead. Designated hitter Dan Pohlman walked to load the bases, which was quickly followed by shortstop Jon Mikrut's two-RBI single to left field. Mikrut's hit gave the Wildcats a 4-1 lead after three complete innings.



    NU added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth, as Mikrut's fielder's choice to the NIU shortstop, scored Brimmer from third. Brimmer led off the inning with a walk and moved to third on Ori's single through the right side. It was Mikrut's third RBI of the game.

    Northern Illinois center fielder Jeremy Busch hit a solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth inning, ending the scoring for each team. His long ball made the score 5-2 in favor of Northwestern.

    Mikrut came on to pitch the ninth inning, striking out two, and picking up his fifth save of the season. His five stops gives him 16 in his career, one shy of the Northwestern career save mark of 17.

    Offensively for NU, Ori went 4-for-4 with an RBI, while Mikrut added to his team leading 39 RBI. Ori is hitting .375 this season in 176 at bats. Brimmer was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and was walked twice. Right fielder Jason Krynski added a hit in the game.

    NU is next in action when it closes out the regular season with a four-game conference series at Michigan State this weekend. Game one is set for 4 p.m. (EDT) at MSU's John H. Kobs Field.