April 3, 2013
Our first weekend of conference play was not really what we had hoped it would be. We went into game one at UIC on Friday full of fire and confidence and just fell short in a 2-1 loss. When we came back on Saturday we were more than determined to take two from the Flames, but game two of the series showed us that we were doing something wrong. We were leaving runners on base, not making the routine plays, and failing to execute in clutch situations. We all needed to do a little readjusting. We had one more shot at making a statement and letting UIC know that we weren't going to just let them walk all over us. We had to win the final game of the series, and we went out and did just that by the score of 9-8 and out-hit the Flames, 16-8.
Although we won that last game, we had still lost the series, which left everyone with a unpleasant taste in their mouth. We knew we weren't going to go undefeated in conference play and we knew we were bound to drop the ball somewhere along the road. Well, now all that bad stuff is out of our system and we have got a different type of fire in our eyes and we showed it at Northwestern on Tuesday.
Northwestern is one of the best hitting teams in the Big Ten and in the region, so we knew it was going to be a good game and that we had to play hard if we wanted to win. It was a thriller from the very beginning when Annie Korth set the tone for our defense by robbing a home run from one of Northwestern's most talented hitters. After that, Brittany Gardner settled in and did her thing. That girl brought her A-game! She recorded eight strikeouts and only gave up three hits, two of which being little infield bloops. From there, it was a straight up pitchers duel. Amy Letourneau of Northwestern was also throwing some good stinky cheese, only giving up three hits as well, but one of those three hits ended up winning the game for us. A colossal home run over the left field fence by Lauren Moore (no surprise) in the sixth inning was enough to give us the win. It was a well-fought battle and the coaches took us for ice cream afterwards. It felt good to bounce back from the tough weekend at UIC with a win over a very good Northwestern team.
We plan on bringing that fire to our home opener tomorrow in a doubleheader against IPFW. Game times are 2 and 4 p.m. Be there or be square!! GO RAMBLERS!!!!