Feb. 20, 2011
Site: San Diego, Calif. (SDSU Softball Stadium)
Score: No. 10 Washington 8, Northwestern 1 (6),
Records: NU (4-3), Washington (7-0)
Next NU Event: Feb. 25-27 -- at Cathedral City Classic (Cathedral City, Calif.)
SAN DIEGO -- After nearly two full days of rain -- and following another brief rain delay Sunday morning -- Northwestern fell to No. 10 Washington, 8-1 (6), in a rescheduled San Diego Classic contest originally slated for Saturday. The game was called after six innings so NU could catch its flight back to Chicago.
Northwestern falls to 4-3 on the season with its loss, 1-1 at the very abbreviated San Diego Classic I. Washington now is 7-0 on the season with its win. The Wildcats had tournament games against San Diego State, UC Santa Barbara and Sacramento State canceled after rains pelted the area off-and-on all weekend, soaking the field to an unplayable condition.
In the top of the first inning, Northwestern mounted a threat without the benefit of a hit, getting Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) on base via a hit-by-pitch and Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) on via a walk, but no runs came of the situation.
In the bottom half of the first, Washington jumped on top early with a three-run home run after its first three batters. The Huskies eventually loaded the bases against NU starter Jessica Smith (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon) with two down in the first, but a pop up to Monka at first base ended the frame with the Wildcats trailing 3-0.
Freshman Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) led off the second with a single inside the bag at third, moving to second when Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) dropped a texas-leaguer single into a converging Bermuda triangle of Husky fielders behind second. With no outs, Kelly Quinn (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) thought she was hit by a pitch and everyone began moving up, but the umps said no and UW tagged Bast out going to third.
Back-to-back walks to Robin Thompson
(Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) and Emily Allard
(Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) -- with the one to Allard being intentional -- loaded the bases with two down and led to Washington lifting starter Baily Harris for Kaitlin Ingelsby. The next NU batter struck out to end the rally.
Washington added three more runs in the bottom of the second after three more hits and a second NU error to take a 6-0 lead into the third frame.
The Wildcats got on the board in the top of the fourth. With one out, Tonz sent her second single of the game into center before she was erased on a fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Quinn. Thompson then crushed a triple to the wall in right center to plate Quinn and make it a 6-1 game.
After the NU score, Smith had her best inning in the circle in the bottom of the fourth. She mowed through the side in order, striking out the first two batters she saw. In the top of the fifth, Michelle Batts (Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North) shot a two-out double into the gap in left center, giving way to pinch runner Lauren Ackerman (St. Louis, Mo./Home schooled), but the next batter fought through a full count before succumbing to a K.
In the bottom of the fifth, a pair of leadoff singles for Washington followed by a double plated one run and put runners at second and third with one out. At that point, Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja) entered the circle in relief of Smith, allowing one run on an RBI groundout, but retiring the side with the score 8-1.
NU was unable to score in the top of the sixth, then Albanese held Washington off the board. At that point, the game was called according to the pre-determined drop dead time for NU to get to the airport.
Smith (0-3) took the loss, throwing 4.1 innings for Northwestern and allowing eight runs (six earned) on 10 hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Albanese went 1.2 innings, allowing no runs and four walks.
Tonz led NU at the plate with a pair of singles.
Northwestern returns to action next weekend, Feb. 25-27, at the Cathedral City Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
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