Feb. 7, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Northwestern responded to a 3-run outburst by No. 22 Stanford with a three-run inning of its own Friday in the 2014 season opener at the Kajikawa Classic, but ultimately fell to the Cardinal, 4-3.
Northwestern falls to 0-1 on the season with the loss while Stanford improves to 3-0 in 2014 with its win.
Northwestern loaded the bases in the top of the second on a leadoff Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) single and one-out walks to Andrea Filler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) and Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) but was unable to push a run across.
Northwestern again threatened in the top of the fourth inning, aided by Filler being hit by a pitch and Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) drawing a two-out, pinch hit walk. Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) then smashed a ball to second that was misplayed for an error, but the fielder recovered fast enough to nail Filler in a rundown at the plate to end the inning.
Stanford then broke through in the bottom half, using a leadoff double that hit the second-base bag, several walks, a hit batter and a sacrifice fly to build a 3-0 advantage.
Northwestern answered immediately in the top of the fifth. Back-to-back leadoff singles from Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) and Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) started things off, then DiPrima roped her second single of the game with one out to drive home Majam. Anna Edwards then knotted the game for NU with a texas-leaguer to center that brought home Bast with the resulting throw home sailing so far that pinch runner Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana) was able to come home and score. Midway through that rally, Stanford lifted starting pitcher Carley Hoover in favor of Madi Schreyer, who was able to escape the frame.
With the score tied heading to the bottom half of frame, Stanford got another leadoff double that eventually came around to score, giving the Cardinal the lead back, 4-3.
NU got runners on base in both the sixth and seventh innings, but was unable to get the game-tying run across again.
Sophomore Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) (0-1) took the loss for Northwestern but pitched better than the numbers would reveal, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks with six strikeouts. DiPrima finished 2-for-4 at the plate for NU.
Northwestern returns to action immediately at the Kajikawa Classic at 9 p.m. CT/8 p.m. MT against New Mexico.
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