Feb. 11, 2012
Site: Tempe, Ariz. (Tempe Sports Complex Southwest Field)
Score: No. 12 Washington 10, Northwestern 3
Records: NU (1-2), Washington (4-0)
Next NU Event: Feb. 11, 2012 -- vs. New Mexico (Tempe Sports Complex Southeast Field), 7:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. local)
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Northwestern took an early lead thanks to a first-inning two-run home run by Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park), but No. 12 Washington proved to be too much in an eventual 10-3 NU loss Saturday afternoon at the Kajikawa Classic.
Northwestern now is 1-2 on the season with its loss while No. 12 Washington improves to 4-0 with its win.
Northwestern starter Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) made quick work of the Washington order in the top of the first, then the Wildcats jumped right on Husky starter Kaitlin Inglesby. Junior Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley), led off with an infield single, though was called out on a steal attempt. With two outs in the inning, Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) was issued a four pitch walk, then Lauren Ackerman (St. Louis, Mo./Home schooled) entered to take Monka's place at first.
Bast made Washington pay for its lack of interest in Monka, crushing an offering deep over the fence in left for a two-run home run and a 2-0 Northwestern lead. Bast's shot was her second of the young season.
In the top of the second, the first two Huskies to the plate reached via walks. Allard then made a great play deep in the hole at short, gloving the ball and out-racing the lead Husky to third for the first out. After a lazy fly to left, the next batter snuck a single back up the middle and the next hit one in the hole that got away from the left side to tie the score, 2-2.
Washington took the lead in the top of the third with a home run that followed a pair of walks, making the score 5-2.
In the bottom of third, Allard reached on an error before Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) worked a great full count walk. Monka then hit a two-hop bullet to short that was fast enough to allow Washington to turn a double play. Unfazed, Northwestern continued to push. Bast drew a walk, then Latourneau shot a single into the outfield to plate Edwards and cut the deficit to two runs, 5-3.
Washington got one run back in the top of the fifth on a solo home run to make it 6-3, and Northwestern continued to fight on. With one out in the bottom of the frame, Edwards ripped a single into left before moving to third on a one-out double to the fence in left by Bast, but the threat ended there.
Washington added to its lead in the sixth, loading the bases before a single to left drove in one to make it a 7-3 game. With two outs, a walk pushed across another run and head coach Kate Drohan inserted Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja) into the circle in relief of Latourneau. The next batter hit a ball back through the middle to make it a 10-3 game before the inning ended.
Albanese tossed a scoreless top of the seventh, but Northwestern was unable to draw any closer in its half of the final frame.
Latourneau (1-1) took the loss, allowing 10 runs on six hits and 10 walks with two strikeouts. Albanese went 1.1 innings, allowing no runs on one hit and a walk. Bast finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, a home run and two RBIs for NU.
Northwestern returns to action at 7:30 p.m. CT (6:30 p.m. local) tonight against New Mexico at the Kajikawa Classic.
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