Thursday, May 25, 2006

Rough Start...'Cats lose 9-0 to OSU (Game Recap)

ANN ARBOR-Well, it was a rough day to say the least today for the Northwestern baseball team, getting smacked around by Ohio State, losing 9-0 in the first game of the Big Ten Tournament. If you really think about it, there was nothing good about today's game, which is really surprising.

Dan Brauer was on the hill for NU and from the first at bat, one could tell, this might be a rough afternoon. A lead-off walk followed up by an error by the catcher Geoff Dietz started the one run, no hit first inning. Ohio State then added 2 in the third and 1 in the fifth. Brauer finished the day with 8 innings pitched allowing 6 runs on 10 hits. It was the second start of his career where he didn't strike out anyone. In the ninth the Northwestern bullpen walked two guys and allowed a three run homerun to Jedidiah Stevens.

Offensively, the 'Cats were silenced by the brilliant pitching performance of Ohio State's Cody Luebke. NU could never get anything going and when they had an opportunity, baserunning miscues ended any chance of a comeback. The NU defense was also shaky committing 3 errors.

Here is the Box Score

Tomorrow the 'Cats play Purdue at 11:05 CT. They split the last weekend against the Boilers in West Lafayette. Purdue lost their first game to Ohio State and then eliminated Illinois this morning 10-5. It is an elimination game, but I have a feeling that NU will not be leaving this tournament without a win.

So don't lose the faith Wildcat fans...this team will bounce back...GO 'CATS!!!

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