April 2, 2013
Watch: Loyola Game Highlights
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Sharon J. Drysdale Field)
Score: Loyola (Chicago) 1, Northwestern 0
Records: NU (16-14), Loyola (Chicago) (12-11)
Next NU Event: April 5, 2013 -- vs. Illinois (Sharon J. Drysdale Field), 4 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Loyola (Chicago) played an outstanding defensive game Tuesday in a nonconference tilt at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, taking multiple hits away from Northwestern while plating a sixth-inning run to defeat the Wildcats, 1-0.
Northwestern falls to 16-14 overall on the season with its loss while Loyola (Chicago) improves to 12-11 on the year with its win.
Junior Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) made a bid to put Northwestern on top in the first inning with a two-out deep drive to center. Heavy wind blowing in held it up a good bit, but it still had enough juice to get over the fence -- were it not for the Rambler's centerfielder leaping over the fence to bring the ball back into the park to end the inning. That play would set the tone for the remainder of the contest.
Loyola loaded the bases in the top of the third inning on a two-out single, walk and hit by pitch combo before Letourneau notched her sixth strikeout of the game to keep the Ramblers scoreless. In the bottom half, Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) beat out an infield single for NU's first base hit, but Loyola was able to double her up later in the frame to negate any Wildcats' rally.
In the bottom of the fourth, Loyola third baseman Lauren Moore robbed a pair of Wildcats, beginning when she needed seemingly two one-hundredths of a second reaction time to glove a rocket of a line drive off the bat of Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza). Moore then ranged into foul ground and dove into the backstop wall to make an incredible grab on a Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) pop up as part of a 1-2-3 inning.
In the top of the fifth, Letourneau moved into double-digit strikeout territory for the 10th time in 17 starts this year when she fanned the side to reach 11 in Tuesday's contest. NU sophomore Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) crushed a two-out double in the bottom of the frame but was stranded there.
The Ramblers were the team that found the scoreboard first in the top of the sixth when the leadoff batter drove a Letourneau offering through the wind and just over the fence in left for a 1-0 visitor's advantage.
NU's hard luck continued to start the bottom of the sixth when Aubrie May (La Mesa, Calif./Grossmont) led off with a smash to short that was gloved by a ranging fielder for the first out. Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) followed with an infield single before stealing second base, but again NU could get its Wildcat in scoring position no further.
The bottom of the seventh began appropriately for the game with a diving catch in right steal another possible hit from Bast before a long fly ball to right ended the contest.
Letourneau (10-8) took the loss, allowing one run on three hits and three walks with 12 strikeouts.
Northwestern returns to action in a home Big Ten series April 5-7 against Illinois at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. First pitch Friday is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT, Saturday's game will begin at 1 p.m. CT and the series finale on Sunday is a noon CT start.
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