May 6, 2012
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Northwestern defeated the Michigan State softball team, 8-0 in five innings, Sunday afternoon at Secchia Stadium.
The Wildcats (24-27, 11-10 Big Ten) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first as Marisa Bast hit a grand slam to left field for her 13th home run of the season.
Cassee Layne took the mound in the second for MSU and blanked the Wildcats in her first inning, but allowed two runs each in the third and fourth as the Wildcats built an 8-0 lead.
Michigan State (11-39, 0-20) got its first hit in the third on a Alyssa McBride single to right field. McBride moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jenny Ramsaier; however, McBride was stranded in scoring position when the inning ended on a groundout.
Adrienne Monka connected on a solo homer to lead off the top of the fourth, and Northwestern took advantage of a Spartan error to also score an unearned run later in the inning.
Ali Grant produced an infield hit in the fifth, but MSU could not move the run across as the game ended in five innings.
Spartan starter Carly Nielsen gave up four runs on three hits in the first to take the loss, while Meghan Lamberth pitched all five innings to record the win for Northwestern.
The Spartans return to action Monday to host IPFW at 5 p.m. at Secchia Stadium.