March 30, 2014
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No. 19 Nebraska 10, No. 23 Northwestern 1 (5)
Evanston, Ill. Sharon J. Drysdale Field
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 19 Nebraska broke open a tight top-25 contest Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field with an eight-run fifth inning to defeat No. 23 Northwestern, 10-1 (5), and take a 2-1 series victory over the Wildcats.
Northwestern falls to 19-8 overall with its loss, 3-3 in the Big Ten. Nebraska improves to 23-11 on the year with its victory and also now is 3-3 in the conference. The Wildcats run-ruled the Huskers, 10-2 (5), on Friday before Nebraska took game two on Saturday.
The scoring began in the second inning courtesy of Northwestern. Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) led off with a blistering single back through the middle then gave way to pinch runner Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana). Strub rewarded head coach Kate Drohan's running decision when she scampered all the way around to score on an Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) double, putting NU on top, 1-0.
Nebraska knotted the game and took the lead in the top of the fourth courtesy of back-to-back leadoff home runs. Later in the inning, the Huskers loaded the bases with one out before NU starter Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) got two backward Ks to keep the Wildcats' deficit at 2-1.
Edwards led things off in the bottom of the fourth with her second hit of the game before Krista Williams (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) entered to run. Williams moved to second when Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) was hit by a pitch, then to third when Julia Kuhn (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) was issued a four-pitch walk. At that point the Huskers elected to insert Game Two winner Tatum Edwards into the circle in relief, and she was able to retire the Wildcats with no runs coming home.
Seizing on the momentum, Nebraska changed the tenor of the game completely with a pair of three-run home runs in an 8-run fifth inning to go on top, 10-1. Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja) entered the circle in relief during the frame and was eventually able to end the rally, but NU could not stave off the run-rule loss.
Wood (10-3) took the loss, going 4.1 innings and allowing seven runs on six hits and five walks with six strikeouts. Albanese threw two-thirds of an inning and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk with one strikeout.
Edwards led NU at the plate with a pair of hits including a double.
Northwestern returns to action at 4 p.m. CT Wednesday, April 2, against UIC at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
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