Feb. 14, 2014
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Northwestern and No. 21 LSU each collected four base hits in a Friday afternoon showdown at the Tiger Invitational, but it was the Tigers who were able score the runs in a 4-0 win over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats fall to 4-2 on the season with the loss while the Tigers improve to 5-2. Both of NU's losses this season have come against ranked opponents.
Northwestern got a pair of infield singles to start this game from Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) and Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) before LSU was fortunate enough to grab a blistering Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) grounder to third to turn a double play, which helped end the inning with no NU runs across.
Northwestern starter Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) and LSU starter Baylee Corbello dueled with limited base runners from that point on. Northwestern was able to get a leadoff walk in both the second and fourth innings, but to no avail.
In the bottom of the fourth, with two outs and a runner aboard, Wood finally surrendered her first hit of the game. Unfortunately, it was a two-run home run and the first of back-to-back LSU home runs that gave the home squad a 3-0 edge in the contest. The Tigers then squeaked out a two-out, unearned run in the fifth to take a 4-0 lead in the game.
Northwestern put a pair of runners on first with base hits from the Andreas in the sixth, first when Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) singled followed by an Andrea Filler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) infield single, but again the Wildcats could not put the final hit in the rally together.
The Wildcats attempted one final rally in the seventh when Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) drew a leadoff walk and Majam worked a two-out walk but it just was not to be on this night.
Wood (2-2) took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts.
Northwestern returns to action at 10 a.m. CT tomorrow against late tournament entrant No. 18 South Alabama. The Wildcats then have a rematch with George Washington at 3 p.m. CT Saturday.
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