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    Northwestern Lifts Lid on Big Ten Play Against Iowa

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kyle Ruchim has hit safely in all six games he has been in the lineup this season.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Kyle Ruchim has hit safely in all six games he has been in the lineup this season.
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    March 20, 2013

     vs. Iowa (Game One)
     Date  Friday, March 22 | 12:00 p.m. CT
     Probables
     Zach Morton vs. Sasha Kuebel
     Location  Lee Pfund Stadium  | Carol Stream, Ill.
     Live Stats  GameTracker
     Social Media  @NU_Sports   |  Facebook
     Series Notes  Northwestern Get Acrobat Reader | Iowa Get Acrobat Reader
     vs. Iowa (Game Two)
     Date  Saturday, March 23 | 12:00 p.m. CT
     Probables
     Luke Farrell vs. Matt Dermody
     Location  Lee Pfund Stadium  | Carol Stream, Ill.
     Live Stats  GameTracker
     Social Media  @NU_Sports   |  Facebook
     vs. Iowa
     Date  Saturday, March 23 | Approximately 3:00 p.m.
     Probables
     Brandon Magallones vs. Ricky Sandquist
     Location  Lee Pfund Stadium  | Carol Stream, Ill.
     Live Stats  GameTracker
     Social Media  @NU_Sports   |  Facebook

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's upcoming three-game series scheduled for March 22-24 at Rocky Miller Park has been moved to Lee Pfund Stadium in Carol Stream, Ill. After a wet winter in the Chicagoland area, the field at Rocky Miller Park is not yet playable as the teams open Big Ten play this weekend.

    The series will begin Friday, March 22 at noon.

    Northwestern and Iowa will conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader on Saturday, March 23 beginning at noon.

    Legion Field at Lee Pfund Stadium, which features an artificial playing surface, is located at 1N150 Gary Avenue in Carol Stream. Admission will be free for all three games this weekend.

    BIG TEN'S BEST
    As conference play opens this weekend, the Wildcats remain near the top of the Big Ten in several key statistical categories. Offensively, Northwestern ranks second in the Big Ten in batting average (.296) and third in on-base percentage (.379) and slugging percentage (.380). On the mound, the 'Cats lead the league in fewest runs allowed (46) and lowest opposing batting average (.231). Northwestern's pitching staff also leads the Big Ten with 7.8 strikeouts per game.

    CROOKED NUMBERS
    When Northwestern has scored this season, it has tended to do so in bunches. The Wildcats have posted 20 multi-run innings compared to 14 frames when they have scored a single run. NU's most prolific game to date came against Bucknell on March 16 when the 'Cats scored two-or-more runs five times, including a season-high eight in the fifth inning. Northwestern won that game, 17-2, in seven innings.

    Catching up with Coach Stevens

    TREVOR TIME
    Two-time All-Big Ten shortstop Trevor Stevens had his best weekend of the young season as NU swept its way through the RussMatt Invitational. The fifth-year senior batted .467 in three games with a stolen base, two doubles, four RBI and five runs. Stevens delivered the game-winning single in the bottom of the 11th inning against North Dakota State on 3/15. The oldest son of head coach Paul Stevens missed the 2012 campaign with an injury, but returns for a fifth year after receiving a medical redshirt.

    JONES HONORED
    Following a memorable weekend at the RussMatt Invitational, Zach Jones was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week on March 18. The Glenview, Ill., native collected four RBI, all in a pinch-hitting role for the Wildcats. Jones' biggest hit of his young career came when he delivered a game-tying single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth against North Dakota State on March 15. It is his first weekly honor and the first time an NU player has been recognized since Brandon Magallones was named Big Ten Co-Pitcher and Co-Freshman of the Week on March 26, 2012.

    HAVEY LIFTING
    First baseman Jack Havey has been one of the consistent performers at the plate for Northwestern. The senior elevated his batting average by 88 points in the three-game series at Missouri State and is currently hitting .444, a number that ranks him tops in the Big Ten and 14th in the country as of March 20. Havey's on-base percentage of .509 is also good for second in the league. The Wilmette, Ill., native leads the Wildcats with six multi-hit efforts this year, including four three-hit performances.

    MIGHTY MORTON
    Fifth-year senior Zach Morton has found ways to get it done both on the mound and at the dish for the Wildcats. The fifth-year standout is 3-0 with a 0.63 ERA and 19 strikeouts in four 2013 starts. The Evanston, Ill., native has not allowed an earned run since Feb. 22 against Ball State, a span of 19.2 IP. At the plate, Morton is batting a healthy .356 and leads Northwestern with 13 RBI. He also uncorked NU's first home run of the season, a towering three-run shot against Northern Kentucky on Feb. 23.

    COMING TO THE CONFINES
    As part of a unique arrangement between Northwestern and the Chicago Cubs, the Wildcats will host Michigan at Wrigley Field on Saturday, April 20 at 6:05 p.m. General admission tickets are on sale now for $7 each and are available through the Northwestern box office by calling 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775) or online through Tickets.com.

    For more notes and information about this weekend's series against Iowa, please download the Northwestern Notes PDF at the top of the page.

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