April 14, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern is slated to begin a busy week and conclude its season-long, eight-game homestand on Tuesday afternoon when the Milwaukee Panthers come south for a nonconference game at Rocky Miller Park at 3 p.m.
Northwestern leads the all-time series against the Horizon League school, 19-10, but the Panthers have held the upper hand of late. Milwaukee has won two of the last three games in the series, including a pair of victories at Miller Park, the home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Many teams in the region have been victimized by the harsh Midwest winter, but Milwaukee has felt it even more than most. The Panthers have had 12 games canceled already this season and another three postponed. UWM is 10-15 overall this season and 1-3 on its current five-game road trip that ends tomorrow at Rocky Miller Park.
Milwaukee is batting .274 as a team with a staff ERA of 5.19. The Panthers have been largely led offensively by senior Ryan Solberg, who owns a team-high .311 batting average, four home runs, 18 RBI and nine stolen bases this spring. Mike Porcaro, the reigning Horizon League Player of the Year, has hit a team-best nine doubles and has driven in 17 runs of his own.
Southpaw Jake Tuttle is expected to start the ballgame for UWM. The sophomore is 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA in 15.1 innings of work. NU has not announced its starting pitcher for Tuesday's game.
After playing host to Milwaukee, the Wildcats will play another nonconference tilt on Wednesday evening under the lights at Chicago State. The Wildcats are 29-6 all-time against the Cougars, including a pair of 3-1 victories last season, with one coming at UIC's Les Miller Field and the other coming at Rocky Miller Park.
Northwestern resumes Big Ten play on Friday, April 18 as it begins a three-game series against Nebraska at Haymarket Park in Lincoln. For the second consecutive season, Friday's series-opening game between the 'Cats and Huskers will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.
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