April 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- In a wild, wild first game of a doubleheader at Indiana Sunday afternoon, No. 8 Northwestern drew 11 walks and recorded 10 hits to outdistance the Hoosiers, 14-7.
With the win, Northwestern improves to 30-7 on the season, 5-1 in the Big Ten. Indiana falls to 18-18, 1-4 on the conference with the loss.
The 14-run outburst was the Wildcats' most in a game since defeating Wisconsin 16-0 (5) on March 31, 2006.
With one out in the top of the first inning, sophomore Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) stroked a single back up the middle to extend her current hitting streak to 23-consecutive games. Senior Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) followed with a little flare line drive behind second base that shortstop Emily Bergeson leaped to catch. With Williams having to guard against the ball falling for a hit, Bergeson was able to fire to first to double off the Wildcat to end the inning.
In the top of the second, Northwestern scored a whopping seven runs on just one hit. The Wildcats loaded the bases on back-to-back-to-back one-out walks issued to Erin Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport), Jessica Rigas (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) and Jessica Miller (Elberfeld, Ind./Techumseh). Freshman Ashley Lafever (Bettendorf, Iowa/Pleasant Valley) replaced Rigas at second, then freshman Kelly Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) drew NU's fourth-straight walk to knock in her sister and give NU a 1-0 lead in the game.
Junior Darcy Sengewald (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) then hit a slow roller toward third, and the throw home got away to allow Lafever and Miller to score for a 3-0 lead on the fielder's choice and error. With Kelly Dyer now at third and Sengewald at second, Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) drew a walk to load the bases again. After a fielder's choice eliminated Dyer at home, Cooper was hit by a pitch to force in NU's fourth run of the frame.
Freshman Nicole Pauly
(Palatine, Ill./Palatine) followed Cooper with a line-shot double off the fence in right field to plate both Logan and Williams to stake NU to a six-run lead, 6-0. After Erin Dyer
drew her second walk of the inning to again load the bases, Indiana replaced starter Monica Wright (11-11) with Jennifer Moore in the circle.
Moore promptly walked Rigas to drive in Cooper and make the Wildcats' advantage seven, 7-0, before Indiana finally ended the inning.
Northwestern continued to pour on the pressure in the third. With one out, Sengewald drew a walk, then moved to second when Logan chopped a single to short. After a wild pitch moved both runners up a bag, Williams smashed a home run deep over the 220 sign in center field to drive in everybody and give Northwestern a double-digit advantage, 10-0.
Williams' home run was her 10th of the season and the 24th of her career.
In the bottom of the third, Indiana cut a healthy chunk out of Northwestern's lead. After a single and two walks loaded the bases with one out, Tory Yamaguchi lined a double into left field to plate a pair. A wild pitch and two-run home run by Rachel Terry then brought the NU advantage down to five, 10-5.
The Wildcats got another run in the top of the fourth. Erin Dyer led off with a texas-leaguer single into center field, then moved to second when Rigas drew her third walk of the game. After a Kelly Dyer walk loaded the bases with one out, Sengewald hit a fielder's choice grounder to short that erased Rigas at third, but allowed Erin Dyer to scamper home to make the score 11-5.
The Wildcats scored more runs in the top of the fifth, and made a little history while they were at it. Williams led off with a single through the right side of the infield for her third hit of the day, then Cooper blasted a soaring home run to right-center to push NU back over the run-rule threshold, 13-5.
Cooper's home run was her 15th of the season, breaking the Northwestern single-season home run record of 14 set by Kristen Amegin in 2005 and matched by Williams in 2006. Already the Northwestern all-time leader in four-baggers, the blast was the 47th of her career.
Indiana again staved off the run-rule, jacking a two-run home run off Northwestern starter Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise) in the bottom of the fifth to close to within six, 13-7.
Northwestern added more to its total in the seventh. Indiana hit Cooper to lead off the inning, then Julia Sears (Chicago, Ill./Marist) came in to run for the senior. Pauly lined a single into center to move Sears up a bag, then Sears tagged up and went to third on a deep flyout by Erin Dyer. After Pauly stole second, Rigas singled into left to plate Sears and make the score 14-7.
Williams finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBIs for NU. The game marked the 11th time in her career and the eighth time this season she has scored three times in one game. Pauly also was 3-for-5 for NU, driving in a pair of runs and doubling twice.
Logan, Cooper, Erin Dyer and Sengewald all scored twice for the 'Cats, while Cooper drove in three. Rigas walked three times and drove in two, and Sengewald also had a pair of RBIs for NU.
Canney moved to 16-7 on the year with the win, allowing seven runs on 11 hits and four walks with 10 strikeouts.