April 10, 1998
Baseball Comes From Behind to Beat Penn State
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Fifth-year senior Mike Stritch (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) went 6-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs and Northwestern scored nine runs innns in the final two innings to earn a come-from-behind victory at Penn State on Friday afternoon, 20-18. NU improves to 15-12, 3-6 Big Ten, while Penn State falls to 15-15, 5-4 Big Ten.
The 'Cats opened the scoring in the second inning with four runs, including RBI singles by Ken Kilian (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South) and J.P. Williamson (Oak Park, Ill./River Forest). PSU answered with 11 runs in the third inning, including three homers, to lead 11-4. NU trailed 13-4 before putting seven runs on the board in the sixth inning to close the gap to 13-11. Sophomore Brian Baron (Newhall, Calif./William S. Hart) knocked a grand slam with two outs in the inning, while freshman pinch hitter Wes Robinson (Libertyville, Ill./Libercame up with a two-RBI single Robinson (Bradenton, Fla./St. Stephen's) came up with a two-RBI single in the sixth.
Penn State led 16-11 heading into the top of the eighth, but the 'Cats came up with five more runs to knot the game at 16. Kilian led off the frame with a triple, and d ught home Stritch with the tying run.
In the ninth inning, with the game still tied at 16-16, NUscored another four runs for a 20-16 lead. Stritch knocked a two-RBI single to center, bringing home Kurella and Baron with the go-ahead runs. Freshman catcwas brought home by Jeremy Kurella (Dunedin, Fla./Dunedin). Baron then proceeded to hit the first pitch out of the ballpark for his second homer of the game and third of the season. J.P. Williamson's sacrifice fly bro J.P. Williamson's sacrifice fly broe in relief in the eighth inning, earned the victory. He now leads the conference with a 7-1 mark.