May 1, 1998
Wildcat Baseball Defeats Iowa
Baron homers in the 8th inning for the win.
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Sophomore designated hitter Brian Baron (Newhall, Calif./William S. Hart) hit two homers, including a solo blast to leadoff the eighth inning, to give Northwestern an 11-9 victory at Iowa on Friday. NU improves to 22-23, 6-15 Big Ten, while Iowa falls to 17-23, 9-12 Big Ten.
Iowa took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning off NU starter Nick Franzese. The Wildcats tied the game in the third inning on Baron's first homer of the game, a two-run effort. Baron would end the game 3-for-6 with three runs scored and five RBIs. NU claimed a 4-2 lead in the top of the fifth inning on RBIs by Mike Stritch and J.P. Williamson. Iowa took back the lead in the bottom half of the inning with three runs, two of which were unearned, for a 5-4 Hawkeye advantage.
The Wildcats answered with a five-run sixth inning. Baron knocked a two-RBI double, in addition to RBI singles by Stritch and Ollie Dunn, to reclaim the lead at 9-5. However, the Hawkeyes posted four runs in the bottom of the sixth, including a three-run blast by second baseman Brian Mitchell, to knot the contest at 9-9. Franzese was lifted following the homer in favor of Charlie Williamson, who would allow just one hit over the final four innings.
Baron gave NU a 10-9 lead with his solo shot in the eighth inning. The 'Cats added an insurance run in the ninth inning as Joe Hietpas' sacrifice fly drove home Dunn.
Charlie Williamson (1-0) picked up the win for NU with his four superb innings in relief. Offensively for NU, in addition to Baron's performance, Stritch and Patrick Thompson each went 3-for-5 while Stritch added two RBIs. J.P. Williamson, Dunn and Kris Musselman each added two hits in the win. All nine Wildcat batters in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit in the victory. The two teams continue the series with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.