April 11, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern opens its longest homestand of the season Friday, April 12 when the Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to Rocky Miller Park for a three-game Big Ten set. The nine-game stretch, which runs through April 23, will also feature contests against Wheaton, Western Michigan, Michigan and Northern Illinois.
Junior Jake Straub was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, April 9. The Fishers, Ind., native hit .667 in five games last week and .727 in a three-game series at Purdue April 5-7. The catcher went 4-for-4 with three RBI off the bench in Northwestern's 10-6 victory on April 6. Straub currently has a seven-game hitting streak and has reached base safely in a team-high 13-straight games. It is the first weekly honor of Straub's career; he is the first Wildcat to earn the accolade since Paul Snieder did so on May 16, 2011.
TWICE IS NICE
Freshman Zach Jones picked up his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor on Monday, April 9. The Glenview, Ill., native hit .522 with four RBI and five runs scored last week. Jones tallied a career-high three RBI on April 6 and followed that up with a personal-best four hits against the Boilermakers on April 7. Jones, who becomes the first Northwestern player ever to win multiple Freshman of the Week honors in one season, has hit safely in nine games in a row for the Wildcats.
When Northwestern has scored this season, it has tended to do so in bunches. The Wildcats have posted 39 multi-run innings compared to 35 frames when they have scored a single run. Twice this season the 'Cats have scored eight runs in a single inning; first on March 16 in the fifth inning against Bucknell and again on April 2 against St. Francis, when they scored eight times in the sixth.
BIG TEN'S BEST
As conference play continues, the Wildcats remain in the top half of the Big Ten in several key statistical categories. Offensively, Northwestern ranks second in the Big Ten in both batting average (.303) and on-base percentage (.372) and third in slugging percentage (.387). On the mound, Northwestern's pitching staff leads the Big Ten with 7.7 strikeouts per game. The 'Cats rank second in both walks (81) and third in earned runs allowed (83).
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