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    Wildcats Lose Game Two 3-0; Finish Second in Big Ten Race

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM George Kontos struck out nine in NU's 3-0 game two loss.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    George Kontos struck out nine in NU's 3-0 game two loss.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 20, 2006

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    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Just like his last two starts, Wildcat hurler George Kontos did not get any run support in Northwestern's 3-0 game two loss to Purdue. A three-run Boilermaker second inning proved to be the difference. The loss drops NU to 24-31 overall, 20-11 in the Big Ten.

    Northwestern's quest for a Big Ten title came to an end Saturday when Michigan won the first three games of their series against Iowa in Ann Arbor. The three wins gave the Wolverines an insurmountable 22-9 conference record with one game to play.

    The Wildcats' second-place finish is the teams best finish since a second-place finish in 1984.

    In finishing second, NU earned a first-round bye in the postseason Big Ten Tournament. It is the Wildcats first appearance in the tournament since 2003.

    In the game, Purdue's three runs came on a pair of singles and two walks in the second innings. A two-RBI single scored the first two runs and a wild pitch plated the third.

    NU out-hit the Boilers 6-4, but could not manage an RBI hit. Northwestern left seven runners on base, including three in scoring position.

    The Wildcats' best chance to score came in the fourth inning when they loaded the bases with no outs. But, three-straight strikeouts ended the threat.

    Center fielder Aaron Newman (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) was the only Wildcat to end the game with multiple hits, singling twice.

    Kontos struck out nine in the game, giving him 77 in 86.1 innings pitched.

    The two teams wrap up their four-game series with a single, nine-inning contest at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday afternoon.