April 18, 2014
No. 25 Northwestern 8, Indiana 0 (6)
Evanston, Ill. Sharon J. Drysdale Field
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Sophomore Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) tossed a two-hit shutout, senior Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) etched her name in the NCAA record book and senior Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) joined the prestigious and exclusive Roof Club in an exciting 8-0 (6) Northwestern win over Indiana Friday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
Northwestern improves to 25-11 overall with its victory, 7-6 in the Big Ten. Indiana now is 13-31-1 on the season with Friday's loss and falls to 4-11 in the conference. The two teams meet again for game two of their series at 1 p.m. CT Saturday, April 19, at The "J." Following the game, youth in grades eight and under are welcome to participate in a clinic with the NU softball team; contact Joe Thuente at 847-467-6862 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After 1.5 innings of super quick scoreless softball, Northwestern junior Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) made a bid for The Roof Club with one out in the bottom of the second. Her soaring, solo home run to left field clattered high off the McGaw Hall wall and put the Wildcats on top, 1-0.
Edwards' blast was her third of the season and the 16th of her career.
Wood continued to get stronger as the game went on, striking out the side in the third after fanning two Hoosiers in each of the first two innings. Indiana earned its first rally of the contest in the fourth after a leadoff Northwestern error was followed by a hard bunt single that split the charging infield in a sacrifice situation. Wood recovered to strike out the next two batters before inducing an infield pop fly to Edwards at short to escape with the Wildcats still on top, 1-0.
Northwestern responded to the Indiana rally with runs in the bottom of the fourth. Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) reached on an error to start the frame before giving way to pinch runner Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana), who moved to second when Edwards sizzled a single back through the middle. Consecutive groundouts from Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) and Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) brought Strub home and moved Edwards to third. Andrea Filler (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Dwenger) then drove a double to the fence in right to make NU's lead 3-0 heading to the fifth.
In the bottom of that frame, Northwestern opened up the history books. With one out, Allard reached on a bunt single and stole second base for her second steal of the game. That swipe was the 141st of her career, moving the active career NCAA stolen base leader into a tie for 25th in the history of NCAA Division I softball.
From there, Allard came around to score when Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) doubled to left center.
Bast then made history of her own, smashing a towering home run onto the roof of McGaw Hall beyond left field to officially become the sixth member of the Northwestern Roof Club. Eight times in the more than 30-year history of Sharon J. Drysdale Field a home run has reached the roof, beginning in 2007 with Jessica Miller. 2011 graduate Adrienne Monka and current junior Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) are two-time members.
More importantly to Friday's contest, Bast's fifth home run of the year and the 35th of her career gave NU a 6-0 lead over Indiana.
The inning continued when DiPrima was hit by a pitch and both Edwards and Tonz singled to load the bases with two outs, but Indiana was able to keep the game going to the sixth frame with the score the same.
Indiana responded with another rally, getting a leadoff single into left field in the top of the sixth followed by back-to-back walks to load the bases with no outs. Wood fought back with two strikeouts and a flyout to shallow center to keep the Hoosiers off the board.
Northwestern finished off the game early in the sixth. Julia Kuhn (Middletown, N.J./Middletown South) was hit by a pitch to start the frame and then gave way to pinch runner Krista Williams (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley). Williams moved to second on Allard's second hit of the game, but was erased on a solid Indiana defensive play at third on a subsequent Majam ground ball.
Bast and DiPrima followed that play with back-to-back RBI singles to end the contest, 8-0 (6).
Wood (14-5) matched her career-best strikeout total for the second time this week with 12, allowing just two hits and three walks with no runs for her second-straight shutout. On Wednesday, Wood fanned 12 in a 5.0-inning no-hitter at Loyola (Chicago).
Edwards was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs and an RBI, Bast had three RBIs and a pair of hits including her roof shot, Allard had two hits, two runs and two steals, and Majam scored twice.
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