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    NU, No. 13 Georgia Canceled in Fifth With 'Cats Up 7-5

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Olivia Duehr helped put Northwestern on top in the fifth inning.
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    Olivia Duehr helped put Northwestern on top in the fifth inning.
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    Feb. 17, 2013

    Site: Athens, Ga. (Jack Turner Stadium)
    Score: Game suspended in 5th: Northwestern 7, No. 13 Georgia 5
    Records: NU (3-6), Georgia (6-2)
    Next NU Event: Feb. 22-24, 2013 -- Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (Cathedral City, Calif.)

    ATHENS, Ga. -- With Northwestern on top 7-5 against No. 13 Georgia in the fifth inning Sunday at the Georgia Softball Classic, the game was suspended to allow the Wildcats to make their flight home. NU previously was scheduled to play Campbell at 10 a.m. Sunday, but weather shuffling resulted in the Wildcats facing the Bulldogs in a noon start.

    Northwestern explored the ability to complete the game next week while both teams are in Cathedral City, Calif., for the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, exactly like NU and UC Davis did in the same circumstance in 2010, but the request was denied. As such, because this game did not reach five complete innings of play, the result and all statistics do not count.

    Here's what did happen, for posterity's sake:

    Georgia loaded the bases in the bottom of the first with one out against Northwestern starter Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic). The NU sophomore got the next batter to ground to short for a force at the plate before a run came home on a spectacularly close ball call on a 3-2 pitch. Right fielder Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) would end the inning by tracking down a fly ball in the gap to keep NU's deficit at 1-0 going to the second inning.

     

     

    Northwestern knotted the game immediately in the top of the second. First, Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) reached on a leadoff four-pitch walk. Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) flexed into the lineup to run for her and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Aubrie May (La Mesa, Calif./Grossmont). Letourneau then sizzled a double to the wall in center to make it a 1-1 game.

    Georgia plated three more runs in the bottom of the second on a bases-loaded walk and a two-run error before Northwestern battled back again in the top of the third. With one out, Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) drew a walk before moving to second on a two-out single from Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada). DiPrima then shot her own single back through the middle to bring Majam around. The inning continued with back-to-back walks to May and Letourneau, which forced Edwards home to make it a 4-3 game.

    With the bases still loaded and two outs in the frame, Georgia lifted starting pitcher Geri Ann Glasco in favor of Morgan Montemayor, who promptly drilled Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) in the backside with her second pitch to force home DiPrima and tie the score, 4-4.

    After a relatively quick bottom of the third, Northwestern surged into the lead in the fourth. With one out, Majam reached on a single before Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) walked. Edwards then ripped a double just inside the third-base bag to bring Majam around for a 5-4 NU lead.

    Georgia quickly tied the game with a leadoff solo home run in the bottom half of the frame, then after a double Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) relieved Letourneau in the circle. Lamberth got the first batter to line out to the new first baseman Letourneau, who doubled off the runner at second before ending the inning with the score still tied, 5-5.

    Northwestern re-gained the lead in the fifth inning in resounding fashion. Letourneau opened the proceedings with a single to center before Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa./Clear Creek Amana) entered to run for her. After Lamberth executed a perfect sacrifice bunt, Duehr doubled to center to bring in Strub. Scharkey then walked before Majam reached on an infield single to load the bases, after which Bast walked to force Duehr home and make it a 7-5 game.

    At that point, the game was suspended for Northwestern to make a dash to the Atlanta airport to catch its flight home.

    Northwestern returns to the diamond Feb. 22-24 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic (formerly the Palm Springs Classic and Cathedral City Classic) in Cathedral City, Calif.

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