March 1, 2013
Site: Fullerton, Calif. (Anderson Family Field)
Score: No. 24 Oregon State 12, Northwestern 1 (6)
Records: NU (8-8), Oregon State (14-3)
Next NU Event: Saturday, March 2 -- vs. No. 16 Stanford (Easton Invitational), 5:45 p.m. CT/3:45 p.m. PT
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Northwestern ran into red hot Oregon State Friday night in its second game of the 2013 Cal State Fullerton Easton Invitational, falling to the 24th ranked Beavers, 12-1 (6).
Oregon State now has won 12-consecutive contests and improves to 14-3 overall on the season. The Beavers previously defeated NU, 7-2, at the season-opening Kajikawa Classic. Northwestern's record is evened at 8-8 with its loss, which is NU's sixth this season to a team currently ranked in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll.
Oregon State opened the scoring in the top of the first against Northwestern starter Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette), bringing a one-out infield single around on a two-out single through the left-side hole for an early 1-0 advantage.
The Beavers extended their edge into the top of the third with a three-run home run, then, after avoiding a first-and-third Northwestern rally that found Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) at third and Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) at first with two outs, Oregon State added two more in the fourth to make it a 6-0 game. In the middle of that rally, Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja) entered the circle in relief of Lamberth.
Oregon State tacked on an unearned run in the top of the fifth before Northwestern finally was able to respond. With one out, LeBeau reached base for the second time when she worked a full count walk. She moved to second on a wild pitch and third on a groundout before senior Kristin Scharkey
(Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) shot a single into left to make it a 7-1 game. Scharkey's single extended her consecutive games reaching base streak to 14.
Again Oregon State found the scoreboard in the sixth to put the game out of reach on a no-out RBI single and an eventual two-out grand slam. In the bottom of the sixth, Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) beat out a one-out infield single before Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) entered to run for her, but NU was unable to rally to stave off the run-rule loss.
Lamberth (4-4) took the loss, allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk in 3.1 innings of work. Albanese gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits and three walks in 2.2 innings of relief.
Northwestern returns to action at the Easton Invitational tomorrow, Saturday, March 2, with its third-straight game against ranked Pac-12 opponent when it faces off with No. 16 Stanford at 5:45 p.m. CT/3:45 p.m. PT. NU then plays Cal Poly immediately after.
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