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    Wildcats Host Billikens to Close Out 2012 Campaign

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    Senior catcher Geoff Rowan leads the Wildcats in batting average heading into the final weekend of the season.

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    Senior catcher Geoff Rowan leads the Wildcats in batting average heading into the final weekend of the season.
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    May 16, 2012

    Northwestern (17-34) vs. Saint Louis (38-15)
    Thursday, May 17, 2012
    Rocky Miller Park
    Evanston, Ill. • 3 p.m.
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    Friday, May 18, 2012
    Rocky Miller Park
    Evanston, Ill. • 3 p.m.
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    Saturday, May 19, 2012
    Rocky Miller Park
    Evanston, Ill. • 1 p.m.
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    Northwestern Game Notes (PDF)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern brings its 2012 season to a close as it hosts Saint Louis in a three-game nonconference series at Rocky Miller Park. Thursday's series-opener gets underway at 3 p.m., as does Friday's contest. Saturday's finale is slated for a 1 p.m. first pitch.

    The Wildcats will honor eight individuals in Senior Day ceremonies following Saturday's contest.

    After defeating Indiana 4-3 the opening game of its final Big Ten series last weekend, the Wildcats dropped the final two games, 5-2 and 2-1. Northwestern also fell to Notre Dame at home on Tuesday, 9-4.

    Paul Snieder has had a flair for the dramatic. In two of his first three years, he ended Northwestern's regular season with a game-winning, walk-off home run. As a freshman, Snieder's solo home run gave the Wildcats a 6-5 win over Michigan. The following year with a Big Ten tournament berth on the line, Snieder socked a three-run shot in the bottom of the ninth to give NU an 8-6 victory over Michigan State.

    Scouting Saint Louis
    The Billikens (38-15, 17-7 Atlantic 10) have won eight straight and 12 of their last 13, including an 8-5 win over Southern Illinois on Tuesday. Saint Louis is the top seed for next week's Atlantic 10 tourney. Alex Kelly paces the team with a .343 batting average, eight home runs and 39 RBI, while Grant Nelson is hitting .337 with 32 RBI and a team-high 14 doubles. Redshirt junior right-hander Alex Alemann leads the pitching staff with a 7-0 record and a 2.36 ERA. Darin Hendrickson is in his fifth season as head coach.

    Series History: Northwestern leads the all-time series with Saint Louis, 4-3. The teams split four games in St. Louis March 10-12 of last season. NU also took two of three games March 8 and 10, 2002 in St. Louis.

    Probable Pitching Matchups
    Thursday

    RHP Francis Brooke (2-6, 2.66 ERA, 88 IP) vs. RHP Clay Smith (6-2, 2.71 ERA, 83 IP)
    Friday
    RHP Brandon Magallones (6-5, 4.60 ERA, 74.1 IP) vs. RHP Alex Alemann (7-0, 2.36 ERA, 84 IP)
    Saturday
    RHP Zach Morton (1-9, 3.70, 75.1 IP) vs. RHP Nick Bates (5-1, 3.63 ERA, 44.2 IP)

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