April 17, 1998
Wildcat Baseball Falls to Hoosiers, 7-6
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana first baseman Roger Rodeheaver knocked a grand slam in the sixth inning to cap a six-run rally as the Hoosiers defeated Northwestern on Friday afternoon, 7-6. IU improves to 22-19, 7-6 Big Ten. NU drops to 18-15, 4-9 Big Ten. The game started off well for Northwestern, as NU took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on a two-RBI single by Mike Stritch. The lead increased to 4-1 in the fifth inning on a leadoff homer by catcher Kevin Ciarrachi, the first of his first career, and an RBI single by Patrick Thompson. The 'Cats pushed the margin to 6-1 in the top of the sixth as Bob Dainton's RBI double drove home Ollie Dunn.
Wildcat starting pitcher Chris Hargan struggled with his control on Friday, but managed to find ways out of jams in the first five innings. Despite walking three batters and hitting four batters, Hargan allowed just one unearned run through five innings.
Junior righty Charlie Williamson started the sixth inning for the 'Cats, and was greeted by three-straight singles. After a wild pitch made the score 6-2, Williamson was relieved by freshman J.J. Standring. Standring also was welcomed rudely by the Hoosiers. After consecutive walks, Rodeheaver knocked a grand slam to center field, his seventh homer of the season, to give Indiana a 7-5 lead. Ben Dodd entered the game two batters later, and shut down the Indiana offense. Dodd allowed just one hit and fanned four batters while walking none over the final 2 2/3 innings. NU closed the gap to 7-6 in the eighth inning, as a two-out single by Ken Kilian drove home Dunn, but was unable to overtake the Hoosiers. IU starter Kyle Boyd (5-3) earned the victory while Chris Wilson got his second save of the season. Standring (0-2) took the loss for NU. Offensively for the 'Cats, Kilian, Thompson, Dunn, Dainton and J.P. Williamson recorded two hits apiece. Stritch's two RBIs give him 130 for his Wildcat career, fifth on the all-time NU charts. Jon Osborne (1980-83) is in fourth with 132.
The two teams continue the series with a 1 p.m. CDT/EST doubleheader on Saturday, followed by a 1 p.m. CDT/EST single game on Sunday.