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    Wildcats Return to the Windy City to Take on Flames

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Francis Brooke sports a 1.23 ERA through his first four appearances this season.
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    Francis Brooke sports a 1.23 ERA through his first four appearances this season.
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    March 7, 2012

    Northwestern (3-7) at UIC (2-8)
    Thursday, March 8, 2012
    Les Miller Field
    Chicago, Ill. • 5:05 p.m.
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    Friday, March 9, 2012
    Les Miller Field
    Chicago, Ill. • 5:05 p.m.
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    Saturday, March 10, 2012
    Les Miller Field
    Chicago, Ill. • 2:05 p.m.
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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern returns to the Windy City as it makes the short trek south to UIC for a three-game series which gets underway at 5:05 p.m. Thursday at Les Miller Field.

    The series continues Friday with another contest at 5:05 p.m. with Saturday's finale set for 2:05 p.m.

    The Wildcats split a four-game set at the Snowbird Classic last weekend, defeating Xavier and Chicago State while dropping games against Western Michigan and Villanova. NU's 14-6 victory over Chicago State on Sunday marked the 600th victory in the career of head coach Paul Stevens.

    Senior catcher Geoff Rowan is pacing the 'Cats with a .387 batting average at the plate and has thrown out an impressive 10 of 12 baserunners attempting to steal from behind the dish.

    Redshirt junior Zach Morton has been a dual threat. He is batting .361 with a .442 on-base percentage. Though he has yet to record a win on the mound, he is coming off a 97-pitch complete game against Western Michigan last Friday and lead the squad with 21 innings pitched and 16 strikeouts.

    Senior right-hander Francis Brooke, who is slated to get the start Friday, has posted a stellar 1.23 ERA through four appearances, including two starts.

     

     

    Scouting UIC
    The Flames (2-8) have played a challenging schedule to date, playing three games at fifth-ranked Texas A&M, four at Santa Clara and three at Kentucky against a Wildcats squad that is still undefeated. UIC has managed just a .219 batting average thus far against strong competition with Nick Addison leading the way at .257. Jon Ryan paces the team with eight runs batted in. Matt Heaslip is scheduled to get the nod on the mound Saturday and is 0-1 with a 6.59 ERA, but is limiting opposing batters to a .235 average through his first three appearances.

    Probable Rotation
    Thursday -

    RHP Zach Morton (0-3, 4.71 ERA, 21 IP) vs. RHP Joey Begel (0-3, 9.56 ERA, 16 IP)
    Friday -
    RHP Francis Brooke (0-0, 1.23 ERA, 14.2 IP) vs. RHP Matt Heaslip (0-1, 6.59 ERA, 13.2 IP)
    Saturday -
    RHP Luke Farrell (0-2, 12.41 ERA, 12.1 IP) vs. RHP Matt Salemi (0-1, 10.80 ERA, 11.2 IP)

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