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    For the Good of the Commonwealth; Wildcats Travel to Richmond

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore Jake Owens hit .357 in three games last weekend.
    Sophomore Jake Owens hit .357 in three games last weekend.

    Feb. 16, 2006

    EVANSTON, Ill. -

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    Feb. 17-19, 2006
    Northwestern (1-2, 0-0 Big Ten) at
    Virginia Commonwealth (2-0, 0-0 CAA)

    Fri.-Sun., Feb. 17-19, 2006
    Field - The Diamond (12,134)
    Richmond, Va.

    The Game
    Northwestern's baseball team takes to the road for the second time this season. The Wildcats travel to Richmond, Va., to take on Virginia Commonwealth for the first time in school history. NU and VCU will play at three-game series set to begin with a single nine-inning game at 4 p.m. (ET) Friday, February 17.

    VCU opened their season with a 6-0 win over Longwood University last weekend and a midweek 4-2 win over Liberty. The Rams were scheduled to play a total a total of four games but because of wet weather conditions two were canceled

    In the lone VCU game lasat weekend, junior pitcher Harold Mozingo scattered three hits over six innings and struck out 10. John Leonard pitched the final three innings and gave up just two hits in the combined five-hit shutout.

    Offensively, the Rams are hitting .237 (18-for-76) as a team in their two games. They have knocked in six runs and recorded three extra base hits, including a home run by first baseman Tim St. Clair. Catcher Brad Stephenson was 3-for-4 in VCU's extra-inning win over Liberty.

    VCU plays its home games at The Diamond, which is also home to the Atlanta Braves triple-A affiliate, the Richmond Braves. Capacity is 12,134.

    Northwestern enters the weekend with a 1-2 record after a competitive weekend at the University of South Florida. The Wildcats out-hit the Bulls in the three-game series, but costly errors proved to be the difference.

    NU did win game two of the series, a game that took five hours and eight minutes to complete. With windy and rainy conditions, which included a one hour and 15 minute rain delay, Northwestern scored two runs in the top of the 13th-inning for a 2-0 win. Juniors Dan Brauer, Andrew Smith and Dan Schwartz combined for the shutout. Both Brauer and Smith pitched five innings apiece, while Schwartz picked up the win for finishing the final three innings. They combined to give up just five hits.

    Offensively, sophomore Antonio Mulé hit. 400 on the trip, smacking the Wildcats' first home run of the season. Second baseman Jake Owens ended the weekend with a .357 average.

    The Series With Virginia Commonwealth
    Series Record: First meeting
    At Evanston: n/a
    At Richmond: n/a
    Last Result: n/a
    Series Streak: n/a
    Series Notes: This is the first time these two programs have met on the baseball field.