May 2, 1998
Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader at Iowa
'Cats Explode for 26 Runs on Saturday
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Wildcats pounded out 26 runs on 34 hits, including 10 doubles, a triple and five home runs, to sweep Saturday's doubleheader at Iowa, 18-0 and 8-1. NU now moves back over the .500 mark at 24-23, 8-15 Big Ten. Iowa falls to 17-25, 9-14 Big Ten. Game one was all Wildcats as NU scored five times in the first inning. With one out, Brian Baron and Patrick Thompson singled, leading up to Mike Stritch's sixth homer of the season to give NU a quick 3-0 lead just four batters into the contest. After two more runs in the second inning, Ken Kilian made the game 8-0 with a solo shot in the third inning.
The hit parade continued with five more runs in both the fifth and sixth innings, highlighted by Baron's RBI triple in the fifth and Ollie Dunn's three-run homer in the sixth inning. Meanwhile, NU righty John Seaman was calmly mowing down Hawkeye batters. Seaman improved to 9-5 on the season with his five-hit, complete-game shutout, facing only four batters above the minimum. Seaman's victory also makes him just the ninth Wildcat in history to win nine games in a season. Offensively in game one, every NU starter collected at least one base hit, the second-straight game for that feat. Baron and Stritch each went 4-for-5. Stritch added three RBIs, including a single, double and homer, while Baron had two RBIs with a single, double and triple. Patrick Thompson and J.P. Williamson had three hits in the win while Jeremy Kurella, Dunn and Kilian had two hits apiece. In game two, NU again took a quick lead at 2-0 in the second inning on RBIs by J.J. Standring and Kevin Ciarrachi. The lead increased to 3-0 in the third on an RBI single by Stritch and 4-0 in the fourth on a solo homer by Standring. The 'Cats scored at least one run in each of the final six innings of game two, and in 11 of Saturday's 14 innings. Phil Rosengren picked up his first win of the season, allowing just one run on three hits.
Offensively in game two, four Wildcats notched multiple-hit efforts, led by Stritch's 3-for-4, two RBI performance. For the doubleheader, Stritch went 7-for-9 with three extra base hits, five runs scored and five RBIs. Standring went 2-for-3 in game two while Kurella and Thompson were 2-for-4.
The Wildcats go for the series sweep on Sunday afternoon. NU returns home Tuesday to face North Central at 3 p.m. The 'Cats close the 1998 season with a weekend series at home vs. Minnesota on May 8-10.