April 24, 2013
Site: Madison, Wis. (Goodman Diamond)
Score: Wisconsin 4, Northwestern 2
Records: NU (25-18, 9-7 B1G), Wisconsin (35-9, 12-5 B1G)
Next NU Event: April 26, 2013 -- vs. Purdue (Sharon J. Drysdale Field), 4 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. -- For the second straight game in a Wednesday doubleheader at Wisconsin's Goodman Diamond, Northwestern scored first but could not hold on, falling to the Badgers, 4-2, in the nightcap.
Northwestern now is 25-18 overall on the season after its loss, 9-7 in the conference. Wisconsin, ranked 27th in the most recent NCAA RPI data, has a program-record 35 wins as part of a 35-9 overall mark. Wisconsin is 12-5 in the league.
Northwestern now returns to Sharon J. Drysdale Field for its final Big Ten home series of the season. Friday's contest begins at 4 p.m. CT while Saturday's contest featuring a spring Wildcat Alley and Donate Life Illinois day is a 1 p.m. first pitch. The seventh-annual Purple Auction will follow Saturday's contest before NU celebrates Senior Day Sunday with a noon CT start and a pre-game clinic with members of National Pro Fastpitch's Chicago Bandits.
After leading off game one of the doubleheader with a triple, senior Kristin Scharkey
(Yorba Linda, Calif./Yorba Linda) drew a walk to start this one. She then stole second and moved to third on an illegal pitch call to again find herself standing at third with Mari Majam
(Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) at the plate. Majam herself walked and stole second before, with one out, Amy Letourneau
(Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) hit a run-scoring groundout to short to put Northwestern on top. Anna Edwards
(La Canada, Calif./La Canada) followed with an infield single off the glove of Wisconsin starter Meghan McIntosh to push Majam home for a 2-0 Wildcats advantage.
Northwestern starter Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) did not allow a base hit until the third inning, a frame she began with two-straight swinging strikeouts. The next batter singled up the middle before a two-out home run knotted the game, 2-2. One inning later, another two-run Badger home run gave the home team a 4-2 edge.
In the top of the fifth, Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) led off with a single to right before being erased at second on a Scharkey fielder's choice grounder. Majam drew her second walk of the game to push Scharkey to second, then both moved up on a Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) groundout, but Wisconsin got a very important third out to keep NU from seizing back momentum in the game.
Lamberth did well to keep the NU deficit at just two, allowing only one base runner over the final two Wisconsin half innings. In the top of the seventh, Scharkey worked a one-out walk but the Wildcats could not take the rally any further.
Lamberth (8-5) took the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts.
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