Feb. 28, 2009
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Northwestern got a two-run first-inning home run from Nicole Pauly (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) and Wildcats' starter Lauren Delaney (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) made it stand up with her second win of the day to lead NU to a 3-1 win over Hofstra Saturday at the NFCA Leadoff Classic.
The win improves Northwestern to 10-6 overall on the season while Hofstra falls to 2-5 with its loss. Delaney shut out Long Island in the Wildcats' first game Saturday.
Northwestern wasted little time getting on the board against the Pride in the top of the first. Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) led off with an infield single before Pauly crushed a one-out home run to give the Wildcats an early 2-0 lead. The blast was Pauly's fifth of the season and the 34th of her career, tying her with teammate Erin Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) and Kristen Amegin (2003-06) for third in school history.
Northwestern starter Delaney and Hofstra starter Kayleigh Lotti then began a tight pitchers' duel. The Pride had a great scoring chance in the fourth after a leadoff single, wild pitch and another single, but the relay to the plate arrived in time for Dyer to apply the tag and keep Hofstra off the board. The Pride put runners at second and third with two outs later in the fourth before Delaney fanned the next batter to end the threat.
Northwestern added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning. Williams led off with a single before being erased on a fielder's choice ball from Robin Thompson (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King). Thompson then stole second and scampered to third when the throw down got away from the shortstop. After a walk to Michelle Batts (Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North), Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) shot a single back up the middle to score Thompson and make it a 3-0 game.
The knock chased Lotti (2-2) from the circle in favor of Joanna Kralowetz, who ended the inning for the Pride.
Hofstra put together one final rally in the bottom of the seventh, putting runners at first and second with one out before Delaney fanned the next batter for out number two, then Williams chased down a pop up to end the game.
Delaney (9-5) cruised from there for the win, allowing one run on six hits and four walks with nine strikeouts.
Williams finished 2-for-3 at the plate while Pauly knocked in a pair to pace the Northwestern offense.
Northwestern returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, March 1, in yet-to-be finalized contests at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. Those games will be added to the NUsports.com softball schedule as soon as possible, so check there for updates.