May 2, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Five Northwestern seniors will play the final Big Ten series of their careers at Rocky Miller Park this weekend when the Wildcats welcome the Ohio State Buckeyes for a three-game series beginning Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m.
This weekend marks the final home series of the season for Northwestern's five graduating seniors. Zach Morton and Trevor Stevens, redshirt seniors, will both be completing their masters degree in sports administration. Colby Everett, Luke Farrell and Jack Havey will each be finishing their undergraduate work in communications and business institutions. The five key contributors will be honored in a brief ceremony upon the conclusion of Sunday's contest.
SOMETHING CLICKS IN FIVE AND SIX
The Wildcats have had a successful time in the fifth and sixth innings this season. Northwestern is outscoring the opposition 48-23 in those two innings combined. The most problematic frame for NU has been the seventh when it has a differential of minus-11 (32-21). On the whole, the 'Cats are outscoring opponents 187-168 through 37 games.
STEVENS SHINES IN CHAMPAIGN
Fifth-year senior Trevor Stevens had a prolific weekend at Illinois. The Glenview, Ill., native batted .600 (9-for-15) and led the Wildcats in hits (9), runs (4), total bases (13) and stolen bases (2). Stevens also launched his first home run of the season and sixth of his career to lead off the 10th inning of an eventual 4-3 victory in 13 innings on April 26.
Fifth-year senior Zach Morton has found ways to get it done both on the mound and at the dish for the Wildcats. The fifth-year standout is 3-3 with a 2.43 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 10 starts and one relief appearance. His low ERA currently ranks sixth in the Big Ten. Between Feb. 22 and March 22, the Evanston, Ill., native posted a streak of 26.2 consecutive innings without surrendering an earned run. At the plate, Morton is batting .294 and leads Northwestern with 28 RBI. Recently he led NU with three hits, including a pair of RBI doubles, in a 6-0 victory over the Michigan Wolverines at Wrigley Field on April 20.
Four different pitchers have combined to earn seven saves for Northwestern this season. Kyle Ruchim leads the way with three saves, while Ethan Bramschreiber ranks second on the team with two saves to his credit. Jack Quigley and Dan Tyson have also nailed down victories for the Wildcats this season. Ruchim is also tied for the team lead four wins this season as he was the pitcher of record during extra-inning victories against North Dakota State (3/15), Iowa (3/22), Michigan (4/21) and Illinois (4/26).
SCOUTING THE BUCKEYES
After sweeping a doubleheader against Northern Kentucky on Wednesday, Ohio State comes to town with 30 wins under its belt for the 24th time in the last 26 seasons. The team has scored 203 runs this season with five regulars contributing at least 21 RBI. Outfielder Pat Porter is one of three players to start all 43 games and leads the club with 18 extra-base hits. The sophomore also ranks second on the squad with a .323 batting average and 29 RBI. On the mound, the Buckeyes enter the weekend with a 3.06 ERA. Closer Trace Dempsey has been one of the toughest in the nation this season. The right-hander has a 0.32 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 28.0 IP to go along with a league-leading 14 saves.
PROBABLE PITCHING MATCH-UPS (NU vs. OSU)
Saturday: RHP Luke Farrell (2-2, 1.79 ERA) vs. RHP Brad Goldberg (6-0, 2.91 ERA)
Sunday: RHP Brandon Magallones (4-5, 3.82 ERA) vs. LHP Brian King (7-4, 2.48 ERA)
Monday: RHP Zach Morton (3-3, 2.43 ERA) vs. RHP Jaron Long (5-4, 4.02 ERA)
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