Spartan Softball Pounced By No. 14 Northwestern

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Spartan Softball Pounced By No. 14 Northwestern
Caitlin Mahoney went 1-for-2 in the loss.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State softball managed just one hit in a 5-0 Big Ten loss to No. 14 Northwestern, Friday at Old College Field. The Spartans fall to 33-20, 8-7 Big Ten, while NU improves to 34-10, with a 12-2 mark against league opponents.Â
MSU starting pitcher Rachel Turney allowed four hits in 4.1 innings from the circle, while Wildcat hurler Eileen Canney allowed just one base runner, with nine strikeouts in the complete-game win. Caitlin Mahoney tallied MSU’s lone hit of the day.
After a pitchers’ duel through the first three innings, Northwestern scored first when, in the top of the fourth, Sheila McCorkle hit a triple to the center field fence, scoring Tammy Williams and Garland Cooper for a 2-0 lead. McCorkle scored on an Erin Dyer single and an error in the Spartan infield allowed two more runs to cross the plate for a 5-0 Wildcat advantage.
Michigan State was unable to find an offensive spark, as Canney did not allow a Spartan base runner through the first four innings of play. Mahoney halted the streak with a double to right field in the bottom of the fifth, however the Wildcat defense completed a double play for the final outs of the inning.
MSU failed to reach the bases in the final two innings, as Northwestern closed the 5-0 shutout victory.Â
“I was very happy with the way we prepared for today’s game; we lost to a better team” Spartan head coach Jacquie Joseph said. “We didn’t execute in one inning, and that really hurt us.”
The series finale between the Spartans and Wildcats will be played at Old College Field, Saturday at 1 p.m. Courtesy of MSU SID!