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    April 29, 1998

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Western Michigan used three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning of game one and five runs in the first inning of game two to sweep a doubleheader from Northwestern on Wednesday afternoon, 7-6 and 8-2. NU falls to 21-23 overall while WMU improves to 17-25.

    In game one, the 'Cats opened up a 2-0 lead in the third inning on RBI singles by Brian Baron and Mike Stritch. WMU answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning. Northwestern reclaimed the lead at 6-3 with four runs in the top of the fifth on an RBI double by Baron, RBI single by Stritch and two-RBI triple by J.P. Williamson. The 'Cats led 6-4 before WMU posted three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off NU reliever John Seaman (8-5). Offensively for NU, Jeremy Kurella and Baron, hitting 1-2 in the lineup, each went 2-for-4 while Baron added two RBIs. Stritch ended the game 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.

    In game two, the Broncos opened a 7-0 lead after two innings off J.J. Standring (1-3). The 'Cats were held scoreless until the seventh inning, when they posted two unearned runs. Williamson scored on a passed ball and Mike Adams came home on a groundout RBI by Kyle Sanders to make the final score 8-2. Patrick Thompson recorded two of NU's five hits in the game two loss.

    The Wildcats face Iowa in a four-game series this weekend in Iowa City.