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    March 26, 1998

    Wildcat Baseball Defeats Stetson, 10-8

    Seaman earns league-leading fifth win.

    Box Score

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Wildcats pounded out 14 hits and got three RBIs from both Ken Kilian and Patrick Thompson as Northwestern earned a series split with Stetson, winning 10-8 on Wednesday night. NU heads into this weekend's Big Ten opener vs. Ohio State at 11-5 while Stetson fell to 14-16-1.

    Stetson opened the scoring with two runs in the second ining before NU answered with three in the top of the third. Kilian's sacrifice fly brought home Ollie Dunn while Thompson knocked a two-RBI single to give NU the 3-2 lead.

    The Wildcats scored at least once in the third through eighth innings. Chris Pedersen knocked his first homer of the year in the fourth inning while Thompson picked up his third RBI of the night in the fifth inning. Stetson kept up the pace, due in part to untimely errors by the Wildcats.

    NU starting pitcher J.J. Standring threw the first five innings, allowing seven hits and seven runs. However, only two of the runs were earned. He left the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, leading 8-7. The game was delayed in the sixth inning after Charlie Williamson, in relief of Standring, was hit in the head by a batted ball from the first batter he faced. Williamson was taken to the hospital for observation. Seaman entered in relief and allowed just one hit and one walk over the final four innings. Of the 14 batters he faced, not one reached second base. He improved his record to a Big Ten-best 5-0 and lowered his ERA in the process to 2.73.

    The Wildcats took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning. With the game tied at 8-8, Pedersen led off with a double. He was sacrificed to third base by Wes Robinson and brought home on a squeeze play by Ollie Dunn. NU added an insurance run in the eighth. Bob Dainton led off the inning with a single and was eventually brought home by pinch hitter Kris Musselman.

    Dainton ended the game 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Other offensive stars for the Wildcats were Kurella (2-for-4, three runs, one stolen base), Thompson (2-for-3, three RBIs) and Pedersen (2-for-3, two runs, one RBI, home run).