April 29, 2014
The Last Meeting
May 1, 2012
Geneva, Ill. (Fifth Third Bank Ballpark)
Wildcats Outlast Rain, Huskies for 2-1 Victory
Luke Farrell tossed six scoreless innings and Northwestern got solo tallies in the first and ninth innings to defeat Northern Illinois 2-1 Tuesday evening at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- On Wednesday, April 30, the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League will open the doors to Standard Bank Stadium in Crestwood, Ill. for a nonconference showdown between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Northern Illinois Huskies.
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 21 times total this season, including nine times in the last 14 games entering the week. The 'Cats have outhit the opposition in 15 of those double-digit efforts this year. By the numbers, NU has produced 10 hits on seven occasions and 16 hits in four of its games, while accumulating 393 hits this year.
KEEPING IT CLOSE
Northwestern has played in 14 one-run games this season, including five of its last eight. The Wildcats are 5-9 in games decided by a run in 2014. Southern Illinois has played more one-run games than anyone in the country this year with 23 (10-13), while Michigan leads the Big Ten with 16 (6-10).
Sophomore first baseman Zach Jones has been red-hot over NU's last 10 games, helping the team to six wins. The Glenview, Ill., native has hit safely in each of those games and is batting .472 (17-for-36)with six RBI during that span. Jones is also batting a team-high .382 during Big Ten play this season and leads the conference with 26 hits in league games.
Redshirt junior Cody Stevens returned to the diamond on opening weekend for Northwestern for the first time since the 2012 campaign. The Glenview, Ill., native missed all of last season while recovering from a blood clot that developed near his brain after he was hit by a pitch in a Prospect League game. Stevens was the recipient of the 2013 CollegeBaseballInsider.com Tom Walter Inspiration Award, an honor named after the Wake Forest head coach who donated a kidney to one of his players in 2011. Stevens played the hero when he drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 12th inning at Nebraska on April 18.
Northern Illinois leads the all-time series against the local rivals, 14-12. The Wildcats won the last meeting between the two schools, 2-1, on May 1, 2012, at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, Ill. Hamilton Wise and Geoff Rowan drove in runs for the Wildcats and Luke Farrell tossed 6.0 scoreless innings on the bump. Kyle Ruchim earned his seventh save that night at the home of the Kane County Cougars.
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