Feb. 8, 2013
Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex)
Score: San Diego State 7, Northwestern 5
Records: NU (0-2), San Diego State (2-1)
Next NU Event: Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 -- vs. Oregon State (Kajikawa Classic), 10 a.m. CT (9 a.m. MT)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Northwestern struck first, but San Diego State struck back Friday at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic, building a five-run lead that the Wildcats were unable to recover from in a 7-5 defeat.
Northwestern now is 0-2 to start the season after falling 4-3 to No. 13 Arizona earlier in the day while San Diego State improves to 2-1 on the year with its victory.
Northwestern jumped on top quickly in the top of the first, banging out four hits and scoring twice. Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) led off the game with a single, but was thrown out trying to swipe second. Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) then beat out a beautiful single of her own before trotting home when junior Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) uncorked a soaring two-run home run to left -- her second of the day and the 20th of her career after she also blasted one against Arizona -- to give NU a 2-0 lead. Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) followed with a single of her own before the inning ended.
San Diego State got on the board in the top of the third courtesy of a two-out single against Northwestern starter Meghan Lamberth
(Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette). The inning ended when Bast, in a theme that already began playing out early for the Wildcats, flashed some serious glove to grab a grounder at third and throw out the Aztec from her knees. Earlier in the game, Edwards had a nifty pick of a short-hop at shortstop to record an out.
Both teams put runners on through the middle innings but had trouble getting those runners across until San Diego State took the lead in the top of the fifth with back-to-back two-out singles before a three-run home run gave the Aztecs a 4-2 advantage.
SDSU got a one-out single in the top of the sixth, prompting Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja) to enter the circle in relief of Lamberth. Later in the inning, the Aztecs would get a two-run single and then plate one more on a two-out Northwestern error to extend their lead to five, 7-2.
After the Aztecs' big inning, Northwestern put together a rally of its own. Edwards was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the sixth before giving way to pinch runner Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana). Strub was erased when SDSU made a great play on the lead runner on an Aubrie May (La Mesa, Calif./Grossmont) shot to third, then NU loaded the bases on an Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) single and an error on an Albanese grounder.
Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) started the scoring with a flare to left that fell just in front of a diving fielder for an RBI single. A run-scoring Scharkey groundout brought another run home before Majam sliced a single to center that plated one more, though the trail runner was thrown out at the plate to send the game to seventh with NU trailing 7-5.
Bast led off the bottom of the seventh with a laser to left, but it was right at the SDSU fielder. Edwards would pick up a two-out single, but no further NU runs were forthcoming.
DiPrima finished the game 2-for-2 with a walk while Majam was 2-for-4, Edwards was 2-for-3 and Bast drove in two for NU. Lamberth (0-1) took the loss, allowing five runs on nine hits and a walk with five strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work.
Northwestern returns to action at 10 a.m. CT (9 a.m. MT) tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 9, against Oregon State at the Kajikawa Classic. NU then takes on Boise State immediately after that contest.
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