Long Ball Lifts Wildcats Over Titans in Vegas Finale
Feb. 15, 2009
LAS VEGAS, NV - Northwestern's Erin Dyer homered twice and the No. 13 Wildcats' offense banged out 13 hits on the day to help lift them to an 8-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton on Sunday afternoon in the finale for both teams at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas.
The Titans fell to 3-3 overall on the season with the loss while Northwestern improved to 6-3.
Three runs in the first staked the Wildcats to the quick lead as a two-run single by Dyer and an RBI hit by Adrienne Monka gave them a 3-0 advantage.
Fullerton responded with a run of its own in the first, taking advantage of a bit of wildness by starter Lauren Delaney (5-3). Two walks and a pair of wild pitches put two in scoring position for sophomore Torrie Anderson, who lifted a fly ball to left, deep enough to plate Sammie Dabbs to make it 3-1.
Northwestern extended its lead with another big inning in the third as Michelle Batts led off with a single to bring up Dyer, who slugged her first home run of the day to right centerfield for the 5-1 lead. Monka followed with another home run - this one to left centerfield - to chase Titans' starter Katey Laban (0-2) and give the Wildcats at 6-1 advantage.
The Titans got one of the runs back in the fifth - again off the bat of Anderson - as a fielder's choice scored junior Kadie Baldwin to make it 6-2. Baldwin finished 2-for-2 at the plate, accounting for Fullerton's only two hits of the day and her first career hits at the Division I level.
Dyer capped the scoring in the seventh, launching a two-run shot to centerfield, scoring Batts ahead of her for the final 8-2 tally.
Laban suffered the loss, allowing six runs on seven hits while walking three in just two innings of work. Freshman Krystal Heinle pitched well in relief, allowing just two runs on six hits in five innings.
Delaney allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits despite walking seven in the complete-game effort. She also finished with six strikeouts.
Fullerton stranded 10 runners on the day - five in scoring position - and left the bases loaded in the third and fifth innings.
The Titans return to the diamond next week at the 2009 Cathedral City Classic, meeting NC State in the opener on Thursday (Feb. 19) at 5:30 p.m. Cal State Fullerton will also meet North Carolina, Nebraska, Long Island, and Mississippi in tournament play.