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    March 24, 1998

    Wildcat Baseball Defeats Central Florida in 10 innings, 8-7

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Jason Anderson's first career home run, a solo shot in the 10th inning, lifted Northwestern to a come-from-behind 8-7 victory over Central Florida, and enabled NU to win the series, two games to one. The Wildcats improve to 10-4 while UCF drops to 20-11.

    Central Florida opened the game with a two-run first inning before the Wildcats took a 3-2 lead in the third inning on a two-RBI single by Patrick Thompson and an RBI double by Chris Pedersen. The Knights responded with four runs in the bottom of the third inning, chasing starting pitcher Phil Rosengren in the process. UCF added another run in the fourth to hold a 7-3 lead.

    The Wildcats got back in the game in the seventh inning. WIth two outs, Jeremy Kurella was hit by a pitch, and advanced to second on a single by Thompson. Freshman Joe Hietpas, pinch-hitting for first baseman J.J. Standring, knocked his fourth homer of the season to close the gap to 7-6. NU tied the game in the eighth inning, as Tim DaRosa led off the frame with a single to center field and advanced to second on a balk. An error by UCF second baseman Tim Boeth allowed DaRosa to score the tying run.

    John Seaman earned the victory with three shutout innings and improves to 4-0 on the season. Charlie Williamson, although not receiving a decision, pitched well in relief of Rosengren. Williamson allwed two runs and fanned five in 4.2 innings. Offensively, the top of the order keyed the Wildcats to victory. The top four spots in the NU batting lineup combined to go 8-for-16 with six runs scored and six RBIs. Thompson, Hietpas and Ken Kilian each collected two hits in the victory.

    NU plays Tuesday and Wednesday night at Stetson before returning home to face Ohio State this weekend at Rocky Miller Park.