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    Counting Down the Top 15 Moments of 2008-09

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Sophomore left-hander Eric Jokisch tossed five shutout innings to earn the win on the mound for Northwestern over Notre Dame.
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    Sophomore left-hander Eric Jokisch tossed five shutout innings to earn the win on the mound for Northwestern over Notre Dame.
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    July 21, 2009

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    Northwestern University Relations Video Feature

    EVANSTON, Ill. - The 2008-09 athletic year at Northwestern University was one to be remembered. Filled with a plethora of memorable wins, honors and championships, there was much to be celebrated this past year in Evanston. Be sure to follow along at NUsports.com through August 4 as a look back is taken at just some of the numerous highlights the Wildcats experienced.

    "You hit one home run, and it's a dream come true. But after you hit two, it's a fantasy."

    2008-09 Top 15 Archives
    Moment No. 1: Perfect Season Capped By Wildcats' Fifth-Straight Title
    Moment No. 2: Herbert Collects NCAA's Most Prestigious Hardware
    Moment No. 3: Men's Basketball Wins at No. 7 Michigan State
    Moment No. 4: Women's Tennis Captures Indoor National Title
    Moment No. 5: Northwestern Plays in the Valero Alamo Bowl
    Moment No. 6: Hannah Nielsen Caps NU Career As One of NCAA's Best
    Moment No. 7: Men's Soccer Advances to Elite Eight
    Moment No. 8: Brendan Smith's Pick-Six Beats No. 20 Minnesota
    Moment No. 9: Men's Basketball Reaches Postseason
    Moment No. 10: Bob Groseth Announces Retirement
    Moment No. 11: Eric Chun Wins Big Ten Championship
    Moment No. 12: Men's Tennis Enjoys Remarkable Turnaround
    Moment No. 13: Women's Tennis Continues to Roll Through Big Ten
    Moment No. 14: Softball Parks Two Home Runs On Welsh-Ryan Roof
    No. 15: Baseball Defeats Notre Dame at U.S. Cellular Field

    That was how Northwestern senior Tony Vercelli described socking a pair of round-trippers as the Wildcats defeated Notre Dame 5-1 in a game played at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago April 15.

    Presented with the rare opportunity of playing at a Major League ballpark, NU put together one of its best all-around games of the season behind Vercelli and the left arm of sophomore Eric Jokisch who hurled five shutout innings to earn the win.

    With Northwestern leading 2-0 heading into the top of the seventh, Vercelli ripped a solo shot to stretch the lead to three. The Wildcats' advantage was 3-1 entering the top of the ninth when the Wilmington, Ill., native did it again, ripping a two-run shot that provided two huge insurance runs.

    "I can't tell you how proud I am of this team," NU head coach Paul Stevens said. "They've battled all year and have faced a lot of adversity. Today that persistence paid off.

    "I can't tell you how fortunate we feel for getting the opportunity to do this," Stevens said of playing at the home of the Chicago White Sox.