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Wildcat Offense Gets Hot but Streak Snapped Sunday

Box Score SPARTANBURG, S.C. – It was all offense in South Carolina as Northwestern arrived up just brief in a back-and-forth duel in opposition to the Spartans Sunday afternoon, ending with a score of 11-nine.

The reduction brings the ‘Cats to 6-seven on the time and also marks the end of a 13-activity collection of street trips that opened the year.

The two starting up pitchers struggled early.  Northwestern’s Quinn Lavelle lasted two frames, offering up two operates in the first on a wander and a homerun, and a few operates in the second on two walks and two hits.

In the meantime, the Wildcat bats capitalized on an similarly shaky commence from Upstate’s Johnathan Carlyle.  Shawn Goosenberg achieved on a hit-by-pitch to direct off the second, then scored on a single from first-year Evan Minarovic.  Fellow first-year Luke Tanner notched an RBI single of his very own in his collegiate debut, and Charlie Maxwell rounded out the second by driving in Minarvoc for a 3-2 ‘Cats direct.

Following the Spartans put up a few operates of their very own in the bottom half of the inning, the Wildcats had been fast to mount a further comeback.  They took advantage of two hit batsmen and a few consecutive walks to plate two, then junior Charlie Bourbon drove in the third to put the ‘Cats back on top rated, 6-five.

SCU tied it up once more in their half of the third, and the activity remained knotted at 6 right up until the fifth inning, when the Spartans struck for a few more.  The Wildcats had been barely out of it, on the other hand, as a pair of doubles from Maxwell and Goosenberg included two in the sixth, and a solo shot from Michael Trautwein in the eighth introduced the teams back even at nine.

The remaining blow from the Spartans arrived after two outs in the bottom of the eighth, when an mistake authorized for two unearned operates, placing them up 11-nine.  The ‘Cats could not put jointly a remaining rally, and the activity wrapped up after eight and a half.

Northwestern returns to motion upcoming weekend for their property opener, when they host Kent Condition at Rocky and Bernice Miller Park for a two-activity set.


  • Charlie Maxwell went four-for-6 with a double and an RBI.  It was the first 4-hit activity of his Northwestern job.
  • Luke Tanner obtained the first commence of his university job at third base.  He went one-for-five with an RBI.
  • Jack Sauser put jointly his fourth powerful outing of the year, putting out 4 around a few innings of aid.  He has still to enable an attained run in a Northwestern uniform.
  • The Wildcats boasted a somewhat balanced offense.  6 batters obtained at minimum a person hit, and 7 notched at minimum a person RBI.

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