The <b>Wildcats</b> split with the <b>Hoosiers</b> Sunday afternoon. 11-9 and 5-3, and as it turns out, winning either game would have secured the #5 seed although losing both would have allowed <b>Indiana</b> a lot better position.<br><br>
In any case, the <b>Cats</b> will be back in <b>Minnesota</b> looking to finish what they began last year in the Big 10 Tournament. Can they do it? Stay tuned. <br><br>
Here's what happened Sunday, and the final standings...
As it turns out...
One win over the Hoosiers was enough to secure 5th place for the NU Wildcats this afternoon, as Penn State beat MSU to improve to 17-15 [.531] and secure the 4th seed in the tournament.
In the first game,Indiana beat the Wildcats and Dan Brauer in a see saw battle that saw the Cats battle back twice but they were unable to overcome two 5 run innings by the Hoosiers. Even home runs by DH Dan Pohlman, and 3rd Baseman Anthony Wycklendt couldn't turn the tide. 4 Cat Errors and 5 Stolen bases by the Hoosiers didn't help either.
The Cats were fighting back when Indiana's Austin Rhoads came in and shut down NU's attack, pitching 3 innings of no hit ball. The final score was 11-9 and Indiana was tied for 4th with Penn State [who's game with MSU wasn't finished yet.] Brauer took the loss for the Cats, his 3rd.
In the 2nd game,
NU Came out scoring 4 runs early for Mark Ori who only allowed 3 runs. David Gresky, Jon Mikrut, and Jason Krynski all scored for the Cats early and Dan Pohlman scored in the 6th to provide an insurance run. The Wildcat bats again came alive early; Mikrut tripled in the first scoring Gresky, then Krynskidoubled in Mikrut.
Next up is the Big 10 Tournament up in Minnesota. Last year, Northwesternscared a lot of teams by coming in and challenging the power teams of the league until they ran out of pitching trying to win out of the loser bracket.
This year they face #4 Seed Penn State on Wednesday at 12:05 PM. They last played the Nitany Lions in April, dropping 3 of 4 games up at State College. The Big 10 Tournament is a double elimination affair, with a team having to lose two games to be eliminated.
The Final Big 10 Standings: [Top 6 Teams play in the Tournament Wed May 21 - May 24]