May 19, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Rocky Miller Park)
Score: Saint Louis 4, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (18-36), Saint Louis (40-19)
Next NU Event: Completion of 2012 season
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Zach Morton surrendered just two runs (one earned) over eight innings, but Northwestern was unable to back him up as it dropped its season finale 4-0 to Saint Louis Saturday afternoon at Rocky Miller Park.
Six seniors were honored in postgame ceremonies as the contest marked the final game in the collegiate careers of Francis Brooke, Michael Jahns, Chris Kontos, Geoff Rowan, Paul Snieder and Hamilton Wise.
Morton got off to a shaky start, allowing back-to-back singles to start the game, but he retired the next three batters to keep the Billikens off the board. He wasn't as fortunate in the second as Steve Fernandez doubled to lead off the inning and scored on a two-out error.
Three straight hits by Saint Louis to start the third inning allowed Saint Louis to increase its lead to 2-0, but Morton got a double play and another grounder to prevent any further damage.
Northwestern's best threat against Nick Bates came in the third inning. With Nick Linne on second and two down, Morton singled back up the middle. However, Linne was nabbed at the plate on a perfect throw by center fielder Jordan Hammerman.
The Wildcats threatened again in the fifth as it had runners on the corners with one out, but a pitch in the dirt resulted in a runner being caught trying to advance for the second out before a foul out ended the inning.
Morton settled into a groove after he allowed six hits over the first three innings. He allowed just two more hits over his final five innings pitched, including retiring eight in a row over one stretch.
NU was never able to get its offense going, though, as Bates, James Norwood and Steve Jensen combined on a shutout. The Billikens got two final insurance runs in the ninth inning against the Northwestern bullpen as Fernandez scored on a wild pitch and Jerry Mancuso plated another with a fielder's choice.
Morton suffered the loss despite surrendering just one earned run. He led the Wildcats with two hits at the plate. Mike Levine had three hits for Saint Louis, helping lead the Billikens to their 40th win of the season.
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