April 20, 2013
Site: Chicago, Ill. (Wrigley Field)
Score: Northwestern 6, Michigan 0
Records: U-M (21-15, 7-3 Big Ten), NU (16-13, 5-8 Big Ten)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, April 21 - at Northwestern (Evanston, Ill.) -- doubleheader - 11 a.m. CDT
CHICAGO, Ill. -- The University of Michigan baseball team's first trip to historic Wrigley Field was spoiled Saturday night (April 20) in a 6-0 loss to Northwestern. It is the first time Michigan has been shut out this season and snaps a 10-game winning streak. Northwestern's Luke Farrell pitched a complete game, striking out nine and allowing just three hits.
A pair of Zach Morton doubles brought in runs in the first and third inning, giving the Wildcats the early 2-0 lead. Jack Havey then brought in Morton in the third to make it 3-0 Northwestern. Sophomore Trent Szkutnik (Temperance, Mich./Bedford) settled down, allowing just four hits and three runs with five strikeouts and three walks in seven innings.
The Maize and Blue had its best chance to score in the top of the eighth. With one out, sophomore Zach Zott (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion) singled to left. Classmate Kevin White (Charlottesville, Va./St. Anne's-Belfield) then reached on a bunt single. However, Farrell struck out the next two Wolverines to get out of the jam. Northwestern scored three in the bottom of the eighth, highlighted by an RBI single from Jake Straub.
Farrell was perfect through four innings, before freshman Jacob Cronenworth (St. Clair, Mich./St. Clair) led off the fifth with a single. The Wildcats hurler faced the minimum until Zott's single in the eighth.
Michigan and Northwestern will play a doubleheader to conclude the Big Ten series Sunday morning (April 21) beginning at 11 a.m. CDT at Rocky Miller Park in Evanston.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423