April 18, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- In the midst of its longest homestand of the season the Northwestern Wildcats will host the Michigan Wolverines in a three-game set beginning Friday, April 19 at Rocky Miller Park. The series shifts to Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, on Saturday night before wrapping up on Sunday afternoon back in Evanston.
The game at Wrigley Field is the first event that is part of an innovative, multi-year agreement and reciprocal marketing partnership that paves the way for several of Northwestern's 19 varsity programs to play at the Friendly Confines. The ballpark at the corner of Clark and Addison streets in Chicago will also host the Wildcats in lacrosse, soccer and football games, among others, in upcoming years.
Tickets for Saturday night's game are just $7 each and all seats are general admission. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 888-GO PURPLE (467-8775) or by clicking here. Tickets will also be available at the Wrigley Field box office on the day of the game.
BIG TEN'S BEST
As the second half of Big Ten play opens, the Wildcats remain in the top half of the Big Ten in several key statistical categories. Offensively, Northwestern ranks third in the Big Ten in batting average (.294), slugging percentage (.381) and runs per game (5.8). On the mound, Northwestern's pitching staff leads the Big Ten with 7.5 strikeouts per game. The 'Cats rank second in both earned runs allowed (90) and walks allowed (95).
Northwestern third baseman Colby Everett has been on fire at the plate during the month of April. After scuffling at the plate through his first 13 games, the Scottsdale, Ariz., native is batting .400 (14-for-35) with five doubles and eight RBI in nine games this month. He currently owns a nine-game hitting streak and also had a season-high seven assists at the hot corner on April 16 vs. Wheaton.
Jack Havey returned to the lineup against Minnesota after missing five games and is currently hitting .389, a number that ranks him fifth in the Big Ten. Havey's on-base percentage of .452 is also good for fifth in the league. The Wilmette, Ill., native has an eight-game hitting streak and owns 12 multi-hit efforts this year, including four three-hit performances.
RUCHIM CONTINUES TO RAKE
Junior Kyle Ruchim has been one of the most prolific batters in the Big Ten this season. The Buffalo Grove, Ill., native currently leads the league in on-base percentage (.491) and ranks second in batting average (.418) and third in slugging percentage (.637). In addition, Ruchim is 2-1 with two saves, a 0.82 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 22.0 innings on the mound this year.
SCOUTING THE WOLVERINES
Michigan comes to town as the hottest team in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have won 10 games in a row under first-year head coach Erik Bakich and currently are tied for first place atop the Big Ten standings with Minnesota. Michael O'Neill has been a driving force in the Michigan lineup this season. The junior leads the team in batting average, hits, doubles, slugging percentage and stolen bases. O'Neill is one of three Wolverines to start all 35 games his team has played. On the mound, freshman southpaw Evan Hill has dazzled in his inaugural campaign. He leads Michigan with six wins in nine starts and a 1.89 ERA. Opponents are hitting just .215 against the lefty.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS (NU vs. Michigan)
Game 1: RHP Zach Morton (3-2, 1.90 ERA) vs. LHP Trent Szkutnik (3-4, 3.59 ERA)
Game 2: RHP Luke Farrell (1-2, 2.23 ERA) vs. LHP Evan Hill (6-1, 1.89 ERA)
Game 3: RHP Brandon Magallones (4-3, 3.26 ERA) vs. LHP Logan McAnallen (2-2, 3.50 ERA)
For more game notes an information, please download the PDF at the top of the page.
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