Feb. 19, 2010
HENDERSON, Nev. -- No. 21 Northwestern managed two hits against No. 13 Oklahoma's ace Friday evening at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic, falling to the Sooners, 3-0.
Northwestern falls to 2-5 overall on the 2010 season with the loss while Oklahoma improves to 5-1 with its victory.
Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) made her first career start in the circle and competed through a dramatic first inning. Oklahoma loaded the bases with two outs against the freshman via a double, a walk and a fielder's choice grounder into the hole at short, but Lamberth calmly fanned the next batter for her second K of the inning to keep the Sooners off the board.
Oklahoma eventually scored the game's first runs in the top of the third inning. A leadoff home run was followed by a single and a walk, then a one-out double made it 2-0 in favor the Sooners with runners at second and third. Lamberth then gave way to Jessica Smith (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) in the circle. Smith induced a grounder to third, where NU successfully eliminated the runner headed toward the plate with a 5-2-6-3 rundown, then another grounder to Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) at short ended the frame with no further damage.
Northwestern put its first rally together in the bottom of the fourth inning. With one out, Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) drove a ball to the fence in left center so hard she was held to a single. She then was erased on a fielder's choice ball from Michelle Batts (Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North), who moved to second on a passed ball later on. She was replaced by pinch runner Megan Lilley (North Canton, Ohio/Hoover). Emily Haug (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) drew a walk to put runners at first and second, but nothing came of the situation.
Oklahoma added to its lead immediately in the top of the fifth with a leadoff solo home run to make it 3-0.
Lamberth (0-2) took the loss, going 2.1 innings and allowing two runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts. Smith was very effective in relief, throwing 4.2 innings and allowing one run on four hits with two strikeouts.
Northwestern returns to action at 1:15 p.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, Feb. 20, against No. 12 California. NU then plays Louisville Slugger Desert Classic host UNLV at 5:45 p.m. CT Saturday.