April 12, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Jack Quigley made a strong spot-start and kept the Wildcats in the game for six innings, but the bats failed to come alive as Iowa built on their morning success and took the second game of the doubleheader by a score of 5-0.
Iowa struck first with a run in the top of the second. The Hawkeyes collected back-to-back doubles with two outs to plate the first run of the game. Northwestern starting pitcher Jack Quigley later found himself in a sticky spot with the bases loaded, but he got a ground ball to shortstop Cody Stevens to get off the mound after allowing just one run.
Quigley would settle down though, and provide the `Cats depleted pitching staff with four much-needed scoreless innings. Iowa was able to push an insurance run across against reliever Jack Livingston in the top of the seventh. One inning later, they broke the game open with a three-run rally.
Hawkeye southpaw Sasha Kuebel stymied the Northwestern hitters for the majority of the afternoon, going the distance in a complete game shutout. The junior mixed his pitches well, striking out six and walking just one. The Wildcats managed 8 hits, including two each from Luke Dauch and Matt Hopfner, but Kuebel was aided by multiple double plays, which stalled NU rallies.
Dauch's two hits continued his remarkable streak of torrid hitting. Over the past four games, the junior centerfielder is batting .556 (10-18), has scored nine runs and driven in four. Quigley's strong outing was another bright spot for the `Cats. The senior righty allowed just one run on six hits over 6.0 innings of work, fanning two in his first start of the year.
Northwestern concludes the 8-game homestand on Tuesday when they take on Milwaukee at 3 p.m.
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