Throwing Error in the Seventh Sinks Titans, 5-4
Feb. 17, 2006
LAS VEGAS, NV - Northwestern's Tammy Williams scored the game-winning run on a two-out throwing error in the bottom of the seventh inning as the No. 12 Wildcats defeated Cal State Fullerton, 5-4, in the nightcap of day one action at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas, Nev.
The loss drops the Titans to 3-4 overall while the Wildcats improved to 4-2.
With runners on first and second thanks to walks to Williams and Garland Cooper, catcher Jaime Dotson sent a ground ball to the Titans' shortstop that would have been the third out had the throw not sailed into the Northwestern dugout.
That throw allowed Williams to advance all the way home for the game-winning run.
Northwestern wasted no time in getting on the board as Williams doubled to lead off the Wildcats' half of the first and came home on a double by Cooper two batters later to make it 1-0.
They added another run in the second on an infield single by Williams to drive home Ashley Crane, who reached on an error to lead off the inning, and make it 2-0 Northwestern.
Kristen Amegin then added a two-run home run, her second of the season, to straight-away centerfield to make it 4-0.
The Titans got two runs back in the fourth as the Titans put a pair on to bring up Ashley Van Boxmeer, who promptly doubled off the bottom of the fence in right, driving both runners home and make it 4-2.
A fly-out by Tiffany Hoff moved Van Boxmeer to third and Kiki Munoz followed with a walk to put runners on the corners with two outs. With Katie Gollhardt at the plate, Munoz capitalized on a passed ball to put a pair of Titans in scoring position.
Gollhardt didn't let the opportunity pass as she skied a ball to right that fell inbetween the fielder and the fence for a triple, driving in both runners and knotting the game, 4-4.
Reliever Marissa Marzan (1-1) was the hard-luck loser, allowing an unearned run on one hit, but was saddled with five walks to go with six strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work. Junior Brooke Weekley tossed the first 2.1 innings, allowing three earned on six hits, walking one and striking out one.
Courtnay Foster (3-1) earned the win for the Wildcats, tossing two innings of perfect softball.
Cal State Fullerton continues play on Saturday morning beginning at 9 a.m. as the Titans meet Brigham Young and Utah State in back-to-back contests at Stephanie Lynn Craig Park in nearby Henderson, Nev.