April 14, 2012
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Sharon J. Drysdale Field)
Score: Northwestern 8, Minnesota 0 (6)
Records: NU (17-21, 5-6 Big Ten), Minnesota (23-15, 4-7 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: April 15, 2012 -- vs. Minnesota (Drysdale Field), 1 p.m. CT
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) fired a three-hit shutout -- her first of the season -- to make an eight-run outburst stand up in a run-rule shortened, 8-0 (6), Northwestern win over Minnesota Saturday in the second game of a Big Ten doubleheader.
Northwestern evened the series with its victory, moving to 17-21 overall on the season and 5-6 in the Big Ten. Minnesota now is 23-15 on the year and 4-7 in the conference after its game two loss.
Lamberth's blank sheet was the second of her career and the first since she shut out Northern Colorado on March 21, 2010. She surrendered three hits and walked a pair with three strikeouts.
Minnesota got a runner to third with two outs in the top of the first, but Lamberth stranded the Gopher in a strong start to her game. The Wildcats then got right to work offensively in their half of the initial inning. With one out, Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) walked before Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) was hit by the first pitch thrown to her. Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) then continued her exceptional sophomore season, launching a three-run home run over the fence in left center for a 3-0 NU lead.
The shot was Bast's team-leading 11th of the season and the 16th of her career.
Minnesota had the game's next best threat in the top of the third, putting runners at second and third with two outs. Lamberth got the next Gopher to the plate swinging on a nasty offering to keep NU's lead at 3-0.
Following another scoreless Gopher frame in the fourth, Lamberth laced a single into center on the first pitch of the bottom of the inning. Pinch runner Amanda Mehrsheikh (Chesterfield, Mo./Parkway Central) assumed Lamberth's spot at first, quickly scampering to second on a passed ball and to third on a wild pitch, all with no outs. Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada), who witnessed all of the running from the batter's box, then shot a full-count fly ball into center deep enough to allow Mehrsheikh to tag up and score to make it a 4-0 game going to the fifth inning.
Lamberth posted the first 1-2-3 inning for either side in the top half of the fifth, getting the third out courtesy of a great stay-with-it play from Edwards at second. Just before arriving at her glove, the ball took a wicked hop and attacked Edwards near the face, but she effectively knocked it down, tracked it down and threw it over to Monka at first to retire the side.
In the bottom of the sixth, the 'Cats ended the game. Lamberth reached base on a one-out hit by pitch before moving to second when pinch hitter Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) drew a walk. Edwards re-entered to run for DiPrima at the same moment that the Gophers lifted their starting pitcher. The new hurler issued a walk to Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) to load the bases.
Allard drove in Lamberth when a rocket ship single to left before, with two outs, Monka drove a bases-clearing double to the fence to end the contest.
Both Monka and Bast drove in three each to lead Northwestern at the plate while Majam scored a pair of runs. Monka now has 174 RBIs in her career, moving her past Tammy Williams (2006-09) for second on NU's all-time list.
Northwestern and Minnesota will conclude their series at 1 p.m. CT tomorrow, Sunday, April 15.
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