Wildcats Hold Indiana Offense in Check in 5-1 Win
April 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Junior Jennilee Huddleston had a pair of hits, including a solo home run in the sixth inning, but Northwestern scored in each of the first five frames to take a 5-1 win in game two of a Big Ten doubleheader at the IU Softball Field on Sunday, April 8.
Northwestern (31-7, 6-1 Big Ten) wasted little time getting on the board in the contest, scoring it first run within its first two batters. Katie Logan earned a walk to lead off the bottom of the first inning, and scored when Tammy Williams followed with a double to right center that Indiana left fielder Julia Hamilton tracked down, but was unable to hold onto as she slammed into the fence.
A stellar defensive play saw Indiana (18-19, 1-5 Big Ten) escape the inning without further damage, as second baseman Sarah Padove turned a spectacular unassisted double play. With Williams still at second, Padove laid out to catch Garland Cooper's looping liner. As Padove made the grab, she slid over the second base bag, erasing Williams, who had taken off on contact, for the inning-ending double play.
NU added a run in the second on Darcy Sengewald's bases-loaded walk, then tacked on a third run in the third on Cooper's solo home run to right. A Cooper sacrifice fly in the fourth scored Sengewald, and Jessica Rigas homered to right in the fifth to cap the Wildcat scoring.
Huddleston, who had IU's only two hits in the second game of the twinbill, smoked a 1-2 pitch over the fence in dead center with two out in the sixth inning for Indiana's lone run of the contest. The home run was her career-best sixth of the season.
Her other hit came in the first inning, as the Hoosiers worked the hit-and-run to perfection. With Hamilton in motion from first, Williams came over from short to cover second. Huddleston then hit a ball to the left side that caught Williams leaning the wrong way to put runners at first and second. The Hoosiers would come away empty, however, as NU starter Lauren Delaney fielded a line drive to end the inning.
Rigas went 2-for-3 to lead Northwestern at the plate.
Delaney was as good as advertised, as the freshman improved to 15-0 on the season, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks in 7 innings on the day. She struck out 10, including whiffing the side in both the fourth and fifth innings.
Indiana starter Monica Wright (11-12) took the loss, allowing five runs on seven hits in 6 innings of work.
The Wildcats completed the doubleheader sweep after winning game one, 14-7.
Indiana returns to action on Tuesday, April 10, when it will step out of conference to host Indiana State at 4 p.m.
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