EVANSTON, Ill. — Northwestern manufactured two early runs before a two-hour weather delay and two more insurance runs to follow en route to a 4-0 victory over the University of Iowa baseball team on Saturday at Rocky Miller Park.
The victory gives the Wildcats the series win. The Hawkeyes fall to 28-18 overall, 9-9 in Big Ten play.
Northwestern grabbed the early momentum, taking a 2-0 lead in the first inning off a Connor Lind two-run single against Iowa starter Brady Schanuel.
After a two hour weather delay with runners on first and second, Lind delivered again, hitting the first pitch he saw to left field for a two-out RBI single to make the score 3-0.
The Wildcats tacked on one more insurance run in the sixth. Northwestern loaded the bases before Leo Kaplan’s sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 4-0.
Northwestern’s Hank Christie shut down Iowa’s offense, shutting out the Hawkeyes for seven innings. He allowed four hits and had two strikeouts. Richard Fordon got the final six outs, striking out a pair.
Schanuel (5-7) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on three hits over 2 2/3 innings. Sophomore Grant Judkins allowed one run on four hits over 2 1/3 innings and senior Nick Nelsen pitched three perfect innings in relief.
QUOTING HEAD COACH RICK HELLER
“Tip your hat to Northwestern; they scrapped some runs today. It wasn’t a great day to hit, but they found holes. Offensively, we did not do much with Hank Christie; he did an awesome job and came back after the rain delay, was sharp and pitched well. They played better than we did and beat us. We did not do much offensively. Nick Nelsen did a good job on the mound and gave us a chance working out of a jam. It just didn’t happen today.”
- Lightening delayed the game in the bottom of the third inning with two outs for two hours. It is the first weather delay the Hawkeyes have undergone this season.
- Northwestern out-hit Iowa, 7-4. Iowa’s four hits came from Hoeg (2), Elion (1), and Boe (1).
- It is the fourth time Iowa has been shutout this season.
- The Hawkeyes are now 7-10 on the road this season.
The Hawkeyes (28-18, 9-9) close out the weekend series in Evanston with a Sunday matinee. The game will begin at 2 p.m. (CT) and will be televised nationally on BTN.
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