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    One Week Later, No. 23 Northwestern Tops UC Davis, 7-2

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Adrienne Monka did this home run trot twice against UC Davis.
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    Adrienne Monka did this home run trot twice against UC Davis.
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    Feb. 28, 2010

    FULLERTON, Calif. -- It took a full week and 100 miles between fields to play, but No. 23 Northwestern completed a 7-2 win over UC Davis on March 7 in Fullerton, Calif., after the game was suspended in the sixth inning Feb. 28 in Cathedral City, Calif., as part of the Cathedral City Classic.

    The scheduled start time for the Feb. 28 contest was delayed nearly 45 minutes when the prior game on the field took a really, really long time to finish. Northwestern then had to implement a drop-dead time in order to make its flight home, resulting in the suspension with the Wildcats on top 7-1 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

    Per NCAA statistical policy, stats and records from this game all took place on Feb. 28, leaving Northwestern 7-8 overall with this win and UC Davis is 6-7 after this loss.

    FEB. 28 PORTION OF THE GAME

    Northwestern jumped on top in the game right away. With one out in the top of the first, junior Robin Thompson (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) was hit by a pitch. She then stole second, but trotted home when Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) crushed a soaring home run to center field to make it 2-0.

    In the bottom half of the first, UC Davis got runners to second and third with two outs on a single, a fielder's choice bunt and a passed ball. A single through the right side scored the runner at third, but Kelly Quinn (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) nailed the trail runner with a perfect throw from right to keep NU in the lead, 2-1.

    Northwestern got base hits from Jordan Wheeler (Garden Grove, Calif./Los Alamitos) and Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) in the second inning, but no runs came of the knocks.

     

     

    In the top of the third, UC Davis lifted starter Dana Waldusky in favor of Alexandra Holmes. Holmes then battled Northwestern starter Lauren Delaney (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) through scoreless innings until the top of the fifth, when Monka notched a one-out rocket off the fence in center for a single, then moved to third when Michelle Batts (Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North) shot a double down the line in right field. Olivia Zolke (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa) entered the game to run for Batts at second.

    Emily Haug (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) followed with a single back through the middle to score Monka and move Zolke to third. Haug took second on the throw home. Nicole Pauly (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) then hit a soaring pop fly behind the bag at first that the fielders either lost in the sun or miscommunicated on, letting it fall for an RBI single and a 4-1 Northwestern lead.

    Kelly Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) beat out a bunt single to load the bases, but no further runs came in for the 'Cats.

    In the top of the sixth, Thompson reached base on a single, then stole second again in front of Monka. The sophomore made the swipe a moot point again, launching her fourth hit of the game and second home run over the fence in left to make it 6-1 for NU. Monka now has six home runs on the year and 25 for her career, tying her with Batts for sixth place all time at NU.

    Haug followed Monka with a solo shot of her own to push the advantage to six, 7-1. Haug now has four homers this year and seven for her career.

    MARCH 6 PORTION OF THE GAME

    Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) entered the game to pitch for Northwestern to begin the bottom of the sixth while Lauren Ackerman (St. Louis, Mo./Lafayette) replaced Thompson at third. The first batter up for UC Davis hit a solo home run to left to make it 7-2 before Lamberth retired the side with a harmless single as the lone additional Aggie hit in the frame.

    UC Davis brought the original starter Waldusky into the game to pitch the top of the seventh. Wheeler notched a one-out single and Allard collected a two-out base hit before both moved up on a passed ball, but nothing further of note happened for NU in the inning.

    Lamberth retired the Aggie side in order in the bottom of the seventh to finish the game.

    Monka was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, four RBIs and three runs scored. Haug also was perfect, going 2-for-2 with a home run and a walk, driving in a pair. Pauly, Wheeler and Allard all had a pair of hits for the Wildcats while Thompson scored twice.

    Delaney (4-4) earned the win with 5.0 innings of work, allowing one unearned run on four hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Lamberth tossed the final 2.0 frames, giving up one run on two hits.