April 18, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- No. 10 Northwestern broke out the bats to the tune of 10 runs on 13 hits including four homers to defeat Purdue, 10-8, in the second game of a Saturday twin bill. The series originally was scheduled for single games Saturday and Sunday but a terrible weather forecast forced the doubleheader.
Northwestern improves to 27-9 on the year with the win, 12-2 in the Big Ten. Purdue now is 23-16 overall, 6-6 in the conference with its loss.
Northwestern found the scoreboard immediately in the top of the first. Freshman Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) crushed a two-out home run to straightaway center for a 1-0 NU lead. She went 2-for-3 in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader with the only out she made coming on a fly ball to the warning track in the same spot on the field.
Michelle Batts (Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North) drew a walk to follow Monka, then moved to third when Nicole Pauly (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) doubled off the fence in right. A walk to Erin Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) loaded the bases, but the inning ended there.
The Wildcats continued to pound Boilermaker starter Dana Alcocer in the second inning. Kelly Quinn (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) and Jordan Wheeler (Garden Grove, Calif./Los Alamitos) led off with back-to-back singles before moving up on a Robin Thompson (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) sacrifice bunt.
Senior Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) then stepped to the plate and launched a soaring home run to right center to make NU's lead four, 4-0. Williams' blast was her 12th of the season and the 54th of her career, leaving her one shy of Garland Cooper's Northwestern all-time record of 55.
Monka followed Williams with another solo bomb, this one going over the fence in left and onto the roof of a storage shed between the Purdue baseball and softball fields to make the score 5-0. Monka's second blast was her 15th of the season, breaking the Northwestern single-season freshman record of 14 set by Williams in 2006 and matched by Pauly in 2007. Monka has hit five home runs in NU's five games this week after homering in both ends of a Wednesday sweep of No. 23 Iowa and a single game at Loyola (Chicago) Thursday.
Purdue opted to replace Alcocer, who pitched the entirety of the first game Saturday, with Ashley DiDomenico after Monka's tape-measure shot. With two outs in the inning, Pauly rifled another shot near the same place her first-inning double nailed the fence, but this time the Purdue right fielder made a leaping catch of the ball as she crashed into the barrier to end the inning.
Purdue put a run on the board in the bottom of the second after a leadoff walk scored following a sacrifice, a wild pitch and a ground ball in the infield.
Junior Kelly Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) hit a one-out triple to the base of the fence in right center in the top of the third inning. Quinn brought Dyer home with a sacrifice fly to medium-deep center to make the score 6-1.
Williams and Monka reached base on back-to-back one-out singles in the top of the fourth. A flyout to center from Batts moved Williams to third, then Aly Euler (River Forest, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) entered to run for Monka, but was thrown out attempting to steal with Pauly at the plate to end the frame.
Purdue plated another run when a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fourth made her way to third on two wild pitches before coming home on a sacrifice fly to left. A two-out walk then came around to make it 6-3 when a batted ball that went past third in the third-base coaches' box was ruled to apparently have been touched by an NU fielder somewhere in fair territory, going for an RBI triple. Delaney fanned the next batter to end the inning.
Purdue got runners to second and third with no outs in the bottom of the fifth on a pair of leadoff base hits. Delaney got two strikeouts before a flyout to Wheeler in left ended the inning with no runs across.
Northwestern added four to its total in the top of the sixth. Quinn lifted a texas-leaguer over the outstretched glove of a retreating Purdue shortstop for a leadoff single, then scored one out later when pinch hitter Emily Haug (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) lined a double off the very top of the fence in center.
Thompson re-entered the game to run for Haug at second before the first pitch to Williams hit the senior. One out later, Batts cleared the fence with a drive to left-center to extend NU's lead to seven, 10-3. Batts' blast was her sixth of the year and the 19th of her career. Purdue replaced DiDomenico after the home run with Suzie Rzegocki, who ended the inning.
Purdue again rallied in the bottom of the sixth, putting runners on first and second with no outs on a third-strike wild pitch and a walk. A slap back up the middle scored one before Delaney earned two more strikeouts. A double down the left-field line plated two more to make the score 10-6.
The Boilermakers continued to come back in the bottom of the seventh. A leadoff walk came around to score when a single into the gap in right center got past the fielder for a two-base error, allowing the batter to get to third. A sacrifice fly accounted for the first out of the frame but also drew Purdue to within two, 10-8.
A groundout to Williams at short moved the Boiler at second to third, but also made it two outs in the bottom of the seventh. A flyout to Quinn in right secured the W for NU.
Monka finished 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs, two runs scored and nine total bases. Quinn was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two runs, Williams finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs and Batts knocked in a trio.
Delaney (25-8) earned the win, allowing eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and seven walks with 10 strikeouts.
Northwestern returns to action at 5 p.m. CT/6 p.m. local time Tuesday, April 21, at Notre Dame.