May 18, 2012
Saint Louis Game Two Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Northwestern 3, Saint Louis 1
Records: NU (18-35), Saint Louis (39-16)
Next NU Event: Saturday, May 19 - vs. Saint Louis (Rocky Miller Park), 1 p.m.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Freshman right-hander Brandon Magallones faced the minimum through the first seven innings and two-thirds innings and Paul Snieder hit a two-run triple as Northwestern evened up its series with Saint Louis by posting a 3-1 win Friday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
Both Magallones and Billiken starter Alex Alemann, who came into the contest undefeated on the season at 7-0, were on the top of their games early on. In fact, the first 17 batters of the game were retired before Hamilton Wise recorded a two-out single for the Wildcats in the bottom of the third.
SLU got its first baserunner of the game in the top of the fourth when Mike Levine led off the inning with a bloop single. However, Geoff Rowan gunned him down attempting to steal to wipe the bases clean.
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Snieder singled to open the bottom of the fourth, but a missed sign resulted in him being thrown out at second. Both hurlers tossed perfect fifth innings before Magallones hit C.J. Rose with a pitch with one out in the sixth. With Rose running, Magallones still managed to get Alec Sole to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
The Wildcats finally broke through for the game's first runs in the bottom of the sixth. Chris Kontos started the frame with an infield single before Wise reached on a bunt, giving NU two on with no one out. Two batters later, Snieder smoked a triple to the wall in right-center to plate a pair and give Northwestern the lead. Snieder would later beat a throw to the plate on Kyle Ruchim's grounder to third to make it 3-0.
Given the lead, Magallones continued to deal as he put down the Billikens in order in the seventh and then retired the first two men he faced in the eighth. Back-to-back two-out singles brought the tying run to the plate, but Magallones got a flyout to center to keep the shutout in tact.
The freshman came back out for the ninth, but he was removed from the game after allowing a single and then hitting a batter. Luke Farrell came on in relief and Jerry Mancuso found a hole on the left side of the infield, notching an RBI single to get SLU within 3-1. With the tying runs on base and no one out, Farrell got a strikeout of the Alex Kelly, the Billikens' leading hitter, and a forceout at second before fanning Marco DiRoma to end the game.
Magallones (7-5) picked up the win in his final start of the season, tossing eight innings, allowing four hits without a walk while striking out four. Farrell got the final three outs to earn his third save of the year.
Northwestern closes out its 2012 season Saturday as it finishes up its series with Saint Louis. First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
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