Feb. 23, 2013
Site: Cathedral City, Calif. (Big League Dreams Pawtucket Field)
Score: Northwestern 7, Loyola Marymount 3 (9)
Records: NU (7-6), Loyola Marymount (3-6)
Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 24 -- vs. LIU Brooklyn (Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic), 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT
CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. -- For the fourth time in four games at the 2013 Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Northwestern mounted a late rally and emerged victorious, this time erasing a two-run deficit against Loyola Marymount in the top of the seventh to eventually win a nine-inning contest, 7-3.
With the win, Northwestern's current winning streak extends to six games and NU moves to 7-1 overall in its last eight contests. The Wildcats are a perfect 4-0 at the Nutter Classic. Loyola Marymount falls to 3-6 on the season with its loss.
Previously in the tournament, Northwestern answered two seventh inning Georgia Tech runs with three of its own to win, 3-2, before breaking a 2-2 tie against No. 4 Tennessee with a run in the bottom of the sixth for another 3-2 triumph. Earlier Saturday, NU plated three runs in the top of the seventh to defeat BYU, 4-1.
After both sides went down in order in the first, Loyola Marymount put together the game's first threat in the bottom of the second with a leadoff walk and a single. The next batter sacrificed both runners up a bag before the umpires took over, calling illegal pitches to allow both runners to score and eventually forcing Northwestern starter Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) from the circle. Senior Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) took over, inducing a double play grounder to Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) at third to end the inning with NU down 2-0.
While Northwestern put its leadoff batter on base in each of the second, third and fourth innings, the Wildcats struggled to cash in on those runners. LMU tried to add to its lead in the bottom of the fourth with a two-out double to put Lions at second and third, but Lamberth got a harmless pop up to Anna Edwards
(La Canada, Calif./La Canada) behind the second-base bag to quell the uprising.
Loyola Marymount pushed the envelope in the fifth and sixth innings, getting runners to second and third with one out. Three times across the two innings Lamberth got comebackers to herself to keep the runners stationary, and the sixth inning ended when Edwards deftly handled a tough hop up the middle for a force at second.
Needing a comeback in the seventh, Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) and Edwards led the inning off with back-to-back singles. Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana) replaced DiPrima on the base paths before the Edwards hit. One out later, Tonz put bat to ball and the most beautiful, solid sound occurred before the ball lit out for left-center on a rocket ship, one-hopping the fence for a game-tying, two-run double. Lamberth then crushed a double of her own to put Northwestern on top for the first time in the game, 3-2.
Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards), who Lamberth had jumped into the lineup to hit for, re-entered to run at second, then moved to third on a wild pitch from a new LMU hurler who had entered the game after the Lamberth launch, but she would end the inning there.
The Lions had a little magic of their own in the bottom of the inning, knotting the score 3-3 on a two-out solo home run to send the game to extras.
With the international tiebreak rule, which places a runner at second to start each inning to enhance scoring chances and speed up tournament play, in effect, Bast began the eighth by sacrificing Majam to third but Majam was erased on fielder's choice grounder at the plate to keep NU from re-gaining the lead.
In the bottom of the frame, Lamberth never even let LMU's ITB runner leave second with a strikeout, pop out and grounder to Bast at third.
Edwards began the ninth at second and Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) successfully sacrificed her to third. Tonz then was hit by a pitch before Lamberth recorded her second huge hit of the night, smoking a single to right to bring home Edwards and put NU back on top.
Northwestern did not settle there, pouring it on via an Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) run-scoring single followed by two passed balls that put Northwestern up 7-3. Lamberth again held LMU scoreless in the bottom half to seal the 7-3 victory.
Lamberth (3-2) won the game with 7.2 innings of work in relief, allowing one run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Wood through 1.1 innings and gave up two runs on one hit and two walks with a K.
Lamberth had a 2-for-2 day with two RBIs at the plate, as well, while Tonz had two RBIs and scored twice. Edwards also crossed home on two occasions.
Northwestern returns to action at 11 a.m. CT/9 a.m. PT tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 24, against LIU Brooklyn at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic.
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