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    Northwestern Falls in Game Two at No. 25 Nebraska

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Kristen Wood threw 2.0 innings of relief Friday against fanned five batters.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Kristen Wood threw 2.0 innings of relief Friday against fanned five batters.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    March 22, 2013

    Box Score

    Site: Lincoln, Neb. (Bowlin Stadium)
    Score: No. 25 Nebraska 14, Northwestern 1 (5)
    Records: NU (14-12, 0-2 Big Ten), Nebraska (22-6, 2-0 Big Ten)
    Next NU Event: Game three vs. No. 25 Nebraska is TBD. Stay tuned to NUsports.com and @NU_Sports on Twitter for updates.

    LINCOLN, Neb. -- After falling in extra innings in the first game of a Big Ten doubleheader Friday at No. 25 Nebraska, Northwestern was unable to regain momentum in a 14-1 (5) game two loss.

    Northwestern now is 14-12 overall on the season, 0-2 in the Big Ten with its loss. Nine of NU's 12 losses on the year have come to teams ranked in the current week's USA Today/NFCA coaches poll. Nebraska now is 22-6 on the year, 2-0 in the league with its win.

    The game started about as inauspiciously as it could have for Northwestern. On five hits and a three-run Wildcats' throwing error, the Cornhuskers plated eight before NU's second at-bats of the game. The runs snapped Northwestern starter Meghan Lamberth's (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) personal scoreless innings streak spanning five appearances at 21.0 innings.

     

     

    In the top of the second, one-out singles by Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) and Lamberth followed by a two-out Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) walk loaded the bases for NU before the threat petered out.

    The Wildcats found the scoreboard in the top of the third. Junior Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) led off the frame with a single back through the middle before scampering all the way around to third when the centerfielder misplayed the ball. Classmate Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) then singled into left to plate Majam for her 25th RBI of the season.

    Lamberth had a super-fast 1-2-3 inning in the second, but Nebraska pressed on offense again in the third, plating six more runs to make it a 14-1 score. Freshman Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) entered the inning in relief and struck out the side to end the scoring, then fanned two more in the fourth before that frame concluded with a diving Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richard) grab at second.

    Northwestern was unable to cut any further into its deficit after Wood was able to stymie the Nebraska offense.

    Lamberth (6-4) took the loss in 2-plus innings of work, allowing 14 runs (11 earned) on 10 hits and two walks with a K. Wood threw 2.0 innings of relief and gave up no runs on one hit and a walk with five strikeouts.

    Northwestern and No. 25 Nebraska will attempt to play the third game of their Big Ten season-opening series tomorrow, Saturday, March 23. Forecasts are not favorable, and final decisions and updates will be provided here at NUsports.com and on Twitter via @NU_Sports and @NUSBCats as soon as they are available.

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