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    Early Errors Doom Wildcats Against Blue Demons, 6-1

    Sammy Albanese crushed her second home run of the season with two outs in the fourth inning.

    Sammy Albanese crushed her second home run of the season with two outs in the fourth inning.

    May 2, 2012

    Site: Chicago, Ill. (Cacciatore Stadium)
    Score: DePaul 6, Northwestern 1
    Records: NU (21-27), DePaul (32-18)
    Next NU Event: May 5, 2012 -- at Michigan State (East Lansing, Mich.), 1 p.m. CT

    CHICAGO -- DePaul capitalized on three early Northwestern errors Wednesday at Cacciatore Stadium in Lincoln Park, scoring four unearned runs and holding the Wildcats at bay in a 6-1 win over NU.

    Northwestern now is 21-27 on the season after its loss while DePaul improves to 32-18 with its victory.

    DePaul scored first in the bottom of the initial inning, loading the bases with no outs on a trio of singles, the final two of the infield variety after Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) did well to keep the ball on the dirt. A passed ball brought in one run before Northwestern starter Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) got a comebacker and an infield fly for the first two outs. Another infield single make it a 2-0 game before Paige Tonz (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial) threw out a runner trying to steal to end the frame.



    The Blue Demons added two more runs in the bottom of the second on a leadoff solo home run and a two-out single that followed a Wildcats' error.

    In the top of the third, Edwards worked a lengthy leadoff walk before moving to second one out later when Emily Allard (Antioch, Calif./Deer Valley) slapped a single to right. Adrienne Monka (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) loaded the bases with a two-out walk, but DePaul was able to escape the threat.

    The leadoff Demon to the plate in the bottom of the third walked, leading to Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) taking over in the circle. Two more errors in the frame allowed two more unearned runs and resulted in a 6-0 deficit after three complete innings.

    Northwestern got on the board in the top of the fourth courtesy of a two-out pinch hit solo home run from Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja). The shot was her second of the season.

    Letourneau worked through a 1-2-3 bottom of the fourth and a scoreless fifth before leading off the top of the sixth with a leadoff walk at the plate. She gave way to pinch runner Jessica Guffey (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), but three-straight flyouts (including one to deep center by Olivia Duehr (Antioch, Ill./Antioch) spelled the end of the inning).

    Letourneau worked around two sixth-inning singles to keep the NU deficit at five runs, but the Wildcats were unable to mount a complete comeback in the seventh.

    Lamberth (9-12) took the loss, going two-plus innings and allowing five runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk. Letourneau gave up one unearned run in 4.0 innings of relief, giving up three hits while fanning three.

    Northwestern returns to action May 5-6 at Michigan State in its final B1G road series of season.


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