DePaul 4, Northwestern
DePaul 4, Northwestern 3May 28, 2005
CHICAGO, Ill. -- Northwestern fought to the end, scoring runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings Saturday afternoon at Flames Field, but DePaul survived the Wildcats' late run to win the game, 4-3, and advance to the Women's College World Series.
Northwestern (42-18) closes its season with the second-best win total in school history. Only NU's 1987 team, which won 43 times, came out victorious more. The Wildcats are now 19-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
DePaul improves to 45-19 with its win, and will face No. 1 seed Michigan in its first WCWS contest.
Senior Erin Mobley (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) concludes her career as Northwestern's all-time hits, runs and total bases leader. She ranks in the top-10 of 12 different offensive categories for NU.
In her final game, she was 0-for-1 with a sharp lineout, a walk and a sacrifice. She finished the season with a team-best 11 sacrifices.
DePaul put the games' first run on the board in the bottom of the first. Ashley Parker reached base on an error, then stole second with two outs. She scored on a two-out single to put the Blue Demons ahead, 1-0.
Both pitchers cruised into the fifth inning. The Wildcats mustered just two hits through the first four innings, while NU starter Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise) struck out the side in the second and also allowed just two hits through four.
Northwestern tied the game in the top of the fifth. Junior Kristen Amegin (Sacramento, Calif./Elk Grove) led off the inning with her second hit of the game, a long double off the wall in straight away center. Junior Ashley Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) replace her on the base paths, then moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from junior Shelia McCorkle (Costa Mesa, Calif./Mater Dei).
Freshman Darcy Sengewald (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) drove Crane in with a two-strike single into left field to tie the score, 1-1.
Back-to-back singles from DePaul to lead off its half of the fifth led to Courtnay Foster (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) entering the game in the circle in relief of Canney. The next batter drew a walk to load the bases, then two consecutive slap singles into center plated a pair to give the Blue Demons a two-run lead, 3-1.
With one out in the frame, Sandy Vojik hit a sacrifice fly to make the score 4-1 before Foster ended the inning.
Megan Huitink replaced Blue Demon starter Tracie Adix to begin the sixth inning.
The Wildcats cut down some of the DePaul lead in the top of the inning. Mobley drew a one-out walk, but was erased when sophomore Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) grounded into a fielder's choice.
Junior Jamie Dotson (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) drove Cooper in all the way from first with a double down the left-field line, making the score 4-2.
With Northwestern trailing by two in its final at-bat, McCorkle led off the seventh with a single to left field. Sophomore Megan Hinck (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) stepped up and drove a pinch-hit double into right-center field to put runners on second and third with no outs. Freshman Kelly Odell (Portland, Ore./Westview) re-entered the game for Hinck on second.
Sengewald drove in McCorkle with an RBI groundout, and moved Odell to third to make the score 4-3. Sophomore Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) then laid down a nearly perfect bunt, but was thrown out by just a half step at first for out number two.
Freshman Stephanie Churchwell (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) came to the plate and hit a fly ball into left field that was caught to close the game.
Canney took the loss, dropping her season record to 19-10. Adix got the win to improve to 23-8, while Huitink's save was her sixth of the season.
-- Courtesy Northwestern