May 4, 2013
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Alumni Field)
Score: No. 10 Michigan 16, Northwestern 1 (5)
Records: NU (30-20, 12-9 B1G), Michigan (43-9, 19-2 B1G)
Next NU Event: May 5, 2013 -- at No. 10 Michigan (Wilpon Complex), 11 a.m. CT (BTN)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- No. 10 Michigan jumped ahead early and added seven unearned runs late during a 16-1 (5) Northwestern loss to the Wolverines Saturday in the second game of a regular-season-ending three-game set at Alumni Field.
Northwestern now is 30-20 overall on the season, 12-9 in the Big Ten after the loss. Michigan is 43-9, 19-2 in the league with its victory.
Michigan took the early lead in this game with a two-run home run following a one-out walk in the bottom of the first, then extended that lead to 4-0 with another two-run homer after a leadoff walk in the second. Sammy Albanese (Belmont, Calif./Castilleja) entered the circle in relief of starter Meghan Lamberth (Wildwood, Mo./Lafayette) after the second home run. Later, with two outs and the bases loaded on an error, a walk and an intentional walk, a hard bouncer off the cement infield went over Anna Edwards (La Canada, Calif./La Canada) at short for two unearned runs to make the score 6-0 entering the third.
Following the rough four-run second, NU freshman Brianna LeBeau
(Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) doubled down the right field line to lead off the third. A wild pitch on the next delivery from Michigan starter Haylie Wagner moved LeBeau to third, but two groundouts on the infield and a strikeout kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard.
The Wolverines did not let up, hitting a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning. Albanese recovered to get a strikeout, a ground out and a lineout to Edwards to end the frame with no further runs across.
Northwestern got on the board in the top of the fourth on a rally started with a leadoff Mari Majam (Pine Valley, Calif./Mountain Empire) infield single. She moved up on a Marisa Bast (Orange, Calif./Villa Park) groundout before getting to third when Amy Letourneau (Laguna Niguel, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) dumped a single into left. Edwards then lifted a fly ball into medium centerfield that was deep enough to plate the speedy Majam easily on Edwards' fourth sacrifice fly of the season.
Michigan got a leadoff single in the bottom half followed by NU electing to intentionally walk the Wolverines' No. 3 batter. Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) then entered the circle for the Wildcats, but the first batter hit a full-count double to right center to push the game into run-rule territory, 9-1. Later, a two-out error preceded seven more unearned runs coming home to make the score 16-1. Lamberth would re-enter the circle to eventually get the final out.
NU was unable to score in the top of the fifth, ending the game early via the run rule.
Lamberth (10-6) took the loss, allowing four runs on three hits and four walks in 1.1 innings of work in the start. Albanese gave up five runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks with a strikeout in two-plus innings. Wood's final line was seven unearned runs allowed on three hits and three walks with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.
Northwestern and Michigan conclude their series at 11 a.m. CT/noon local tomorrow, Sunday, May 5. The game is one hour earlier than originally scheduled to accommodate a live telecast on BTN.
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