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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Mari Majam drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate.
    Mari Majam drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth as part of a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

    April 28, 2013

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    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Sharon J. Drysdale Field)
    Score: Northwestern 6, Purdue 2
    Records: NU (28-18, 12-7 B1G), Purdue (22-28, 8-12 B1G)
    Next NU Event: April 30, 2013 -- vs. DePaul (Sharon J. Drysdale Field), 4 p.m. CT

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- On Senior Day Sunday at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, NU's three graduating players and the rest of the Wildcats earned a 6-2 win over Purdue with a five-run sixth inning on a beautiful sunny Evanston afternoon.

    Northwestern's sweep was its third of the Big Ten season after also taking three games from Illinois and Penn State earlier in the year. The Wildcats are 28-18 overall after their win, 12-7 in the conference. Purdue falls to 22-28 on the year, 8-12 in the league with its loss.

    Prior to the game, Northwestern's graduating players Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette), Kristin Scharkey (Yorba Linda, Calif./Esperanza) and Lauren Tyndall (Edmond, Okla./Edmond Memorial) were honored.

    Once the game got underway, Northwestern put together a threat right away in the first via bases on balls. Scharkey drew a walk to start the inning before two-out free passes to Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) and Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) loaded the bases. Purdue got a pop out to keep NU off the board early.

    The Boilermakers then took the game's first lead with a two-out two run home run in the top of the second against NU starter Letourneau, then worked around a Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) leadoff double in the bottom half.

    Purdue Game Three Highlights

    Purdue loaded the bases in the top of the third on a two-out single followed by a pair of walks to the Boilermaker 3-4 batters before Letourneau got a soft grounder to Edwards at short to end the frame.

    After escaping the Purdue threat in the top half, Northwestern put on its own in the bottom. Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) led off with an infield single before scampering all the way around to third and sliding in safely under the tag on a Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) double to left. Later, with one out, Edwards hit a grounder toward short that allowed Majam to come home for the lone run the rally would produce.

    Both teams put together rallies through the middle innings but both Letourneau and Purdue hurler Lexy Moore, starting for the third-straight game, kept those base runners from becoming run scorers -- until the bottom of the sixth when NU's seniors took over on Senior Day to help spark a big five-run inning.

    First, the freshman LeBeau banged her second base hit of the game into left to start the frame before moving to second on a Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) sacrifice bunt. At that point, Lamberth entered the game to pinch hit and beat out a huge infield single on a squirrely soft liner toward first, moving LeBeau to third. The base knock became gigantic when, with Scharkey at the plate, the catcher missed the ball on a Scharkey fake bunt allowing LeBeau to sprint home and knot the score, 2-2, on the passed ball.

    Duehr, who re-entered the game after the Lamberth pinch hit and was moving on the play, motored all the way around to third and then came home on a two-out Majam single to put NU on top for the first time Sunday, 3-2. The inning continued with a Bast single, a Letourneau two-run double that scored both Majam and Bast, and a two-strike Edwards single that plated pinch runner Fran Strub (Coralville, Iowa/Clear Creek Amana) to make the Wildcats' lead 6-2 entering the seventh, where Letourneau retired the side.

    Letourneau moved to 19-10 overall on the season with her complete-game victory, allowing two runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. Majam went 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs and an RBI, LeBeau finished 2-for-3, Bast had a pair of hits and both Letourneau and Edwards drove in two.

    Northwestern returns to action in a pair of midweek nonconference games, beginning with one more chance to catch the 'Cats at home at 4 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 30 against DePaul at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. After that contest, NU travels down to UIC Wednesday for a 6 p.m. CT game that was rescheduled after poor weather canceled the earlier version.


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