May 8, 2009
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Lauren Delaney (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) tossed a solid complete game win, allowing only a seventh-inning unearned run and No. 13 Northwestern scored three times in the third inning to defeat Wisconsin Friday night at Goodman Diamond, 3-0.
Northwestern improves to 30-13 on the year with its win, 13-6 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin now is 15-39 overall, 3-16 in the conference with its loss.
Delaney was tremendous to earn the complete game win. She allowed one unearned run on three hits and four walks with seven strikeouts to move to 28-10 on the season. Delaney leads the Big Ten with 13 wins.
Wisconsin loaded the bases with no outs in its first trip to the plate before Delaney got out of it thanks to some of her own great defense. The fourth batter to the plate lined a ball back at Delaney who reacted well enough to glove it before throwing to Robin Thompson (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King) at third to double-off the lead runner. Delaney then got a foul out to end the frame.
Sophomore Michelle Batts (Bloomingdale, Ill./Glenbard North) led off the second with a double to the base of the 218-foot sign in left-center, then moved to third on a two-out single by Kelly Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport), but Wisconsin starter Leah Vanevenhoven was able to escape the inning.
After Delaney set the side down in order in the bottom of the second, Jordan Wheeler (Garden Grove, Calif./Los Alamitos) laced a leadoff single into left in the top of the third. Thompson followed with a bunt single, then both runners moved up on a passed ball during Tammy Williams' (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) at-bat. With first base now open, the Badgers elected to intentionally walk Williams.
(Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) came to the dish, and a second passed ball pushed everybody up and Wheeler across the plate. Monka then hit a ground ball to short, and Thompson took off for the plate on contact. The throw came home, but was too late and gave NU a 2-0 lead. Pinch runner Aly Euler
(River Forest, Ill./Oak Park River Forest) replaced Monka at first.
With a base now open, Wisconsin intentionally walked Batts. A fielder's choice grounder off the bat of Nicole Pauly (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) erased Williams at the plate before a third passed ball brought home Euler for a 3-0 NU lead before the inning ended. Monka's RBI during the frame was her team-best 50th of the season, marking the fifth time in school history a Wildcat has recorded 50 or more RBIs in a single season.
Wisconsin put its first two batters in the fourth on base to snap Delaney's streak of eight-consecutive Badgers retired. After a sacrifice bunt moved both runners up, Delaney fanned the next two batters to end the frame.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wisconsin got a runner to second with two outs in the frame. The next Badger hit a line-drive single into center where Kelly Dyer held up to field it on a hop before firing a strike to her sister Erin Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) at the plate to nail the runner trying to score and end the inning. The Dyer-to-Dyer combo also threw out a pair of runners trying to score last weekend against No. 11 Ohio State.
Wisconsin got a leadoff walk in the seventh before a one-out double. A passed ball allowed a runner to come home to end the shutout and make the final score 3-1.
Kelly Dyer finished a perfect 1-for-1 at the plate with two walks and a steal for NU.
Northwestern and Wisconsin conclude their series and the regular season at 6 p.m. CT tomorrow, Saturday, May 9, in a game to be televised live on the Big Ten Network.