March 4, 2012
FULLERTON, Calif. - Southern Miss (5-9) fell to Big 10 foe Northwestern (7-11), 7-2, on the final day of softball at the Fullerton DeMarini Invitational on Sunday.
Northwestern struck first when Adrienne Monka lifted a 1-0 pitched high over the fence in straight-away centerfield for her fourth home run of the year.
In the second, the Wildcats threatened again in a bases loaded situation but Brittany Lilly made an acrobatic force play at third to get the Eagles out of the inning unscathed.
Four hits, a pair of walks and five stolen bases amounted to a Wilcats scoring outburst in the third where they built a 6-0 lead over the Golden Eagles.
Southern Miss battled back in the fourth, breaking up pitcher Sammy Albanese's no-hit bit as Chanell Thurman walked and was knocked over to second by Carissa Turang's looping single into left field. A fielding error allowed Thurman to advance to third. The next pitch found its way to the backstop and Thurman hustled across to make it a 6-1 game.
The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard again in the fifth as Danielle LaPointe reached on a walk and came in from second on back-to-back singles from Stephanie Shiflet and Leslie LeJune to chase Albanese from the game and make it a 6-2 affair. They threatened to add more out of a bases-loaded situation, but a great play from NU shortstop Emily Allard kept Thurman's shot in the infield for the force out.
Northwestern completed the scoring when they added another run in the sixth as Marisa Bast's hard hit ball found a funny hop and jumped Taylor Brown's glove to skirt into right field, bringing in Emily Allard from second.
Courtney Ramos (1-5) suffered the loss after pitching 1.2 innings and scattering three hits and one run. She walked a batter and got one strikeout.
Next up for Southern Miss is a mid-week trip up the road to Jackson to take on Jackson State in a scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.