Feb. 9, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mere minutes after a heart-pounding, four-run walk-off comeback against Utah at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., Northwestern switched fields and continued its momentum by hanging a school-record 11 runs on Boise State in the first inning alone en route to a 13-2 (5) victory.
Northwestern concludes its season-opening Kajikawa Classic schedule with a 3-1 record while Boise State falls to 1-3 on the year with its loss. NU will return to action with five games next weekend in a tournament at LSU.
Northwestern's record-setting first inning featured 15 batters, eight hits, five Boise State errors and one mammoth grand slam. When accounting for NU's four-run comeback in the bottom of the seventh against Utah prior to the start of this contest, the Wildcats plated 15-straight runs between throwing pitches. The 11 runs established a program record for scoring in a single inning, breaking the mark of 10 reached April 16, 2000, against Purdue.
It all began with an Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) infield single, and escalated from there. All nine members of the NU starting lineup scored a run in the frame while Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) and Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) crossed home twice each. Bast delivered the back-breaking grand slam with two outs and the score just 6-0 at that point; it helped account for five RBIs for the senior in the inning while the homer was the 31st of her career. Four of the 11 runs were earned after accounting for the five Broncos miscues.
Sophomore Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) took the circle staked to the rare 11-0 lead and promptly set down the Boise State side in order.
NU threatened to score again in the second when Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) rapped a one-out single and Allard sent a two-out fly ball down the left-field line that fell just fair, but it ricocheted off the diving fielder's glove and out of play for a ground-rule double, forcing LeBeau to stay at third. The inning would end there.
The Broncos put together their first rally in the third when they loaded the bases with two outs on a single and two walks, but Wood secured her fifth strikeout of the game to quell the uprising.
The Wildcats added to their lead in the fourth. Andrea Filler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) led off with a base hit in her first at-bat after her string of reaching base in 11-straight plate appearances to start the year was broken. She was erased on a LeBeau fielder's choice ball before LeBeau came around to score later in the inning on an Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) pinch hit sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the fourth, freshman Nicole Bond (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) made her collegiate debut in the circle. She fanned the first batter she faced and ended up stranding two in a scoreless first inning of work.
In the top of the fifth, freshman Anna Petersen (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) entered the game as a pinch hitter and, in her first-collegiate at-bat, on the third pitch she faced and with the first swing of her Northwestern career, she launched a towering solo home run befitting her 6-foot-2 frame to account for the 13th and final NU run.
Bast led Northwestern at the plate with a 2-for-4 day, driving in five (all in the first inning) and scoring twice. Filler, LeBeau and Allard each had two base hits while DiPrima and LeBeau joined Bast in scoring twice.
Wood (1-1) picked up the win with 3.0 innings of work, allowing two hits and three walks with five strikeouts. Bond pitched the final two frames, allowing a pair of runs before closing out the contest.
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