April 24, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Having won six of its last seven games, and eight of its last 11, Northwestern hits the road this weekend for a three-game series against the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Mich. This will be NU's first trip to McLane Baseball Stadium since the final weekend of the 2011 campaign.
QUIGLEY CAPTURES BIG TEN HONOR
After helping the Wildcats to crucial wins in the first two games of his team's series at Nebraska, Northwestern relief pitcher Jack Quigley was named the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week on Monday, April 21. On Friday, April 18, the senior allowed just one hit over 3.1 scoreless IP as he kept the 'Cats in the ballgame before they were able to prevail in the 12th inning. He earned his second win of the season in the series opener. Approximately 16 hours later, Quigley returned to the bump to throw another scoreless frame, earning his third save of the season. Over the two appearances in Lincoln, the Birmingham, Mich., native held Nebraska's offense, the conference's most prolific, to a batting average of .077 (1-for-13). He also fielded his position flawlessly with five assists and one putout.
KEEPING IT CLOSE
Northwestern has played in 13 one-run games this season, including three of its last four. The Wildcats are 5-8 in games decided by a run in 2014. Southern Illinois (10-10) has played more one-run games than anyone in the country this year with 20, while Michigan leads the Big Ten with 16 (6-10).
HURT `EM WITH TWO
Northwestern scored 14 total runs in its last B1G series at Nebraska (4/18-19) and 10 of those came with two outs in the inning. Jake Straub and Cody Stevens each notched two-out singles in the series opener, while Straub did it once again in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. In the series finale, NU plated seven runs with two outs, including all five in the third inning. NU added two more two-out RBI against both Wheaton and Chicago State in midweek games. The Wildcats have 47 two-out RBI this season, led by Jack Livingston, who has eight.
NORTH SHORE HITMEN
Northwestern's offense accomplished a rare feat at the beginning of the season. As of March 24, the Wildcats were one of only 11 teams in all of Division I to record 10+ hits in five-or-more consecutive games this season. The 'Cats collected 10+ hits in the first seven games of the season between Feb. 14-23. NU had nine, then eight hits in the two games that followed, but bounced back with a season-high 18 on March 2 at Tennessee Tech. The 'Cats have produced 10-plus hits 19 times total this season, including seven times in the last 11 games entering the weekend. NU has produced 10 hits on five occasions and 16 hits in four of its games, while accumulating 368 hits this year.
Sophomore first baseman Zach Jones had a fantastic week as the Wildcats posted a 4-1 mark on their recent five-game road trip. The Glenview, Ill., native batted .474 and led the Wildcats with nine hits on the trip. During NU's series win at Nebraska, Jones batted an eye-popping .583 with two RBI and three runs scored. He has hit safely in 12 of 14 Big Ten games and ranks second on the squad with a .373 batting average in conference play.
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