April 27, 2013
Box Score |
Site: Evanston, Ill. (Sharon J. Drysdale Field)
Score: Northwestern 4, Purdue 1
Records: NU (27-18, 11-7 B1G), Purdue (22-27, 8-11 B1G)
Next NU Event: April 28, 2013 -- vs. Purdue (Sharon J. Drysdale Field), Noon
EVANSTON, Ill. -- On Senior Weekend at Northwestern, senior Megan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) spun a masterful performance from the circle in a 4-1 win over Purdue Saturday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
Northwestern improves to 27-18 overall on the season, 11-7 in the Big Ten with its win. Purdue now is 22-27 on the year, 8-11 in the conference after its loss.
NU celebrates Senior Day Sunday with a noon CT start and a pre-game clinic with members of National Pro Fastpitch's Chicago Bandits.
Lamberth (9-5) scattered eight hits against no walks with a season-best five strikeouts to move to 9-5 on the season. She allowed just the one run on the tight play at the plate in the seventh inning.
Purdue led off the game with a base hit against Lamberth, then that Boilermaker took off for second, but Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) threw her out with a great tag from shortstop Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada). Lamberth would end the inning with a swinging strikeout.
Northwestern then jumped all over Purdue's Lexy Moore, was started for the second game in a row. Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) led off the inning with a triple all the way to the fence in center before coming home one out later on a deft single from Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park). Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) followed Bast with a single of her own before Purdue was able to escape down just 1-0 in part due to great glove work at third to snare an Andrea DiPrima (Arlington Heights, Ill./Buffalo Grove) smash.
The Boilermakers threatened to even the score and more in the top of the second, getting a leadoff double followed by a single to put runners at the corners with no outs. The next batter flew out to center where Scharkey gloved it and threw in to hold the runners in place. A stolen base then put runners at second and third but Lamberth got a pop out and a hard grounder to second where Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) lunged to make a backhand grab before throwing to first from her knees to keep Purdue off the board.
Northwestern's defense continued to make notable plays in the top of the third. With one out and a runner at first, a ball was hit up the middle on the shortstop side of second base. Edwards ranged over but missed gloving it, instead kind of scoop pushing it toward second where LeBeau was standing on the bag and was able to lunge out and glove it for a "routine" 6-4 force. After that play, Lamberth got her second inning-ending swinging whiff of the game.
Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) led off the bottom of the third with an infield single before moving to second on a productive Bast groundout. At that point, Purdue elected to replace Moore in the circle with Lilly Fecho, who closed out Friday's game for the Boilermakers. Fecho's first pitch was tattooed by Letourneau into left for a run-scoring double, then Edwards blasted a single to center to push Letourneau to third before a DiPrima single brought Letourneau home for a 3-0 Northwestern lead. With two outs, Lamberth flexed into the lineup to bat and crushed a line drive to left but it was right at the fielder to end the inning.
While NU was extending its lead, Lamberth was hitting a Senior Weekend groove. She retired the side in both the fourth and fifth innings -- ending the fifth with her fourth K of the contest -- to give her eight Boilermakers in a row retired.
Purdue busted that streak with a leadoff single and a one-out single in the top of the sixth before Lamberth rebounded for a strikeout and a grounder to Edwards to keep her blank sheet intact.
NU added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth on a one-out Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) walk and a two-out Majam single where the throw to first bounded all the way into right field to allow Duehr to scamper home.
Purdue rallied in the top of the seventh with a pair of leadoff singles followed by a groundout that moved both Boilers up a bag. Then, the batter lifted a fly ball into shallow right when Duehr gloved it and threw home, but the runner just barely beat the tag to end the shutout. Still, NU held on for a 4-1 victory thanks to yet another stellar stop at second by LeBeau.
Letourneau was a perfect 2-for-2 offensively with a double, a walk, an RBI and a run to lead Northwestern. DiPrima finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and Majam had a 2-for-4 day at the plate.
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