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    Wildcats and Tennessee Tech to Meet in Three-Game Series

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Luke Dauch and the 'Cats have played extra innings in three of seven games in 2014.
    Luke Dauch and the 'Cats have played extra innings in three of seven games in 2014.

    Feb. 26, 2014

     Northwestern at Tennessee Tech
     Date | Time  Friday, February 28 | 3:00 p.m.
     Location  Bush Stadium  | Cookeville, Tenn.
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     Northwestern at Tennessee Tech
     Date | Time  Saturday, March 1 | 2:00 p.m.
     Location  Bush Stadium  | Cookeville, Tenn.
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     Northwestern at Tennessee Tech
     Date  Sunday, March 2 | 1:00 p.m.
     Location  Bush Stadium  | Cookeville, Tenn.
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    EVANSTON, Ill.-- Northwestern continues its challenging nonconference schedule this weekend in Cookeville, Tenn. with a three-game set against Tennessee Tech on the docket.

    The Wildcats and Golden Eagles will first take the field at Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. The series continues on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday, March 2 at 1 p.m.

    Northwestern's offense has been one of the most potent in the Big Ten this season. The Wildcats are averaging 6.3 runs and 12 hits per game in 2014. The 'Cats currently rank among the top three in the Big Ten in several offensive categories, including: hits (1st, 84), batting average (2nd, .297), runs (3rd, 44) and on-base percentage (3rd, .361). As a group in 2013, NU hitters ranked sixth or lower in all of those categories.

    After batting .500 (9-for-18) for Northwestern at the Snowbird Classic, freshman outfielder Matt Hopfnerwas named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday, Feb. 24. The Edina, Minn., native recorded a career-high three hits in the opening game of the weekend against Kansas and drove in a career-high three runs in NU's first win of the year over Nebraska-Omaha. The two-way player currently leads the Big Ten in batting average for the season (.500) and ranks second in on-base percentage (.542). Hopfner's 11 hits have him tied for second in the conference, one behind the current leader (Pat Kelly - Nebraska).

    Northwestern has designed a very challenging nonconference schedule this season. Though the Wildcats have dropped five games, the record of the victors in those games (USC, Kansas and Ball State) is 21-3 to date. USC was unranked at the time, but this week it broke into the Collegiate Baseballpoll at No. 29 after defeating No. 3 Cal State Fullerton in a midweek contest on Feb. 18. The road does not get any easier for NU; the combined record of the team's next two foes, Tennessee Tech and South Florida, is 15-1.

    Tennessee Tech is 8-1 overall this season and 5-0 in Bush Stadium at the Averitt Express Baseball Complex. The Golden Eagles are averaging 9.7 runs per game while allowing only 3.9 to the opposition. As a team, Tennessee Tech is batting .322 with an OBP of .449. The Ohio Valley Conference squad has a 3.07 staff ERA and opponents are hitting .270 against them.

    Probable Starting Pitchers (NU vs. Tennessee Tech)
    Friday: RHP Joe Schindler (1-1, 7.20 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Chism (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
    Saturday: LHP Matt Portland (1-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. RHP David Hess (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
    Sunday: LHP Reed Mason (0-0, 5.62 ERA) vs. LHP John Gora (1-0, 2.89 ERA)

    For more notes and information about the series, please download the PDF at the top of the page.


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