March 10, 2013
Site: Clearwater, Fla. (Eddie C. Moore Complex Field 4)
Score: Loyola Marymount 2, Northwestern 1
Records: NU (14-10), Loyola Marymount (11-11)
Next NU Event: March 22, 2013 -- at Nebraska (Lincoln, Neb.), 6 p.m. CT
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- In its final game of a five weekend, pre-conference tournament sprint Sunday morning at the South Florida Under Armour Invitational, Northwestern fell to Loyola Marymount, 2-1.
The loss snaps a six-game Northwestern winning streak and drops the Wildcats to 4-1 at the tournament, 14-10 overall on the season. LMU now is 11-11 on the season with its win. The Lions earned retribution for a 7-3 extra-inning Wildcats' win in a matchup between the two squads two weeks ago at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif.
LMU recorded the game's first hit in the bottom of the first against Northwestern starter Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic), but Letourneau and catcher Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) combined for a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play to end the frame with just six pitches thrown.
Northwestern then jumped on the board in the top of the second. Letourneau led off with a single back through the middle before Anna Edwards
(La Canada, Calif./La Canada) sacrificed her to second. Andrea DiPrima
(Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) then drove a pitch back up the middle that deflected off the pitcher's self-defense glove work and into center for a run-scoring single.
Letourneau and Lions' starter Sydney Gouveia were studies in efficiency through the middle innings. Letourneau recorded her second six-pitch inning of the game in the bottom of the third before Gouveia retired the NU side in the same amount of pitches in the top of the fourth.
Loyola Marymount put an end to that in the bottom of the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Letourneau recovered to fan the next batter but a two-out ground rule double put the Lions on top, 2-1, going into the fifth.
The score remained the same heading into the top of the seventh, which is where NU scored in a come-from-behind victory over LMU earlier this season, but this time no comeback would come.
Letourneau (8-6) took the loss, going 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on three hits and four walks with nine strikeouts.
Northwestern now is off for winter quarter final examinations before returning to the field at 6 p.m. CT Friday, March 22, in the first game of a three game set at Nebraska to kick off Big Ten Conference play.
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