टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match Roll Damn 'Cats https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/community_logos/52532/insidenu_fav.png 2022-06-05T12:38:25-05:00 /rss/current/ 2022-06-05T12:38:25-05:00 2022-06-05T12:38:25-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="UCLA v Northwestern" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/2EJ34Yhxxosn_2tMZ3j6qyf86KE=/0x0:5184x3456/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70945357/1241088627.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images</figcaption> </figure> <p>Even amid tears, the Wildcats recounted an eventful season fondly.</p> <p id="KetHgu">Immediately after the conclusion of her Wildcats’ 2022 season, a teary-eyed Kate Drohan sat before the media. </p> <p id="whPJci">In the wake of two Women’s College World Series losses, first to top-seeded Oklahoma on Thursday afternoon and then to juggernaut No. 5 UCLA on Friday evening, all Drohan, Northwestern Softball’s head coach of 22 seasons, could express was pride.</p> <p id="tvZpcX">Pride in her team, which won the hearts of many winning the conference, Regional and Super Regional titles en route to Oklahoma City.</p> <p id="Vgxog4">“This team is one of a kind,” she said. “[They were] so authentic and so vulnerable to the process, and I will remember how grateful I have felt every single day I’ve taken the field with them.”</p> <p id="g3eIaA">Pride in her ace, Danielle Williams, who propelled NU to OKC by starting every postseason game the Wildcats played, accruing 884 pitches and five wins when all was said and done.</p> <p id="qYdDx2">“Her impact and what she’s able to do on the field is so selfless. That’s so interesting, for a pitcher that has literally carried us to be so humble about it,” Drohan said of the smiley senior from California.</p> <p id="praSke">Pride in the program’s alumni who trekked out to the Great Plains in droves to provide a powerful, purple presence at USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium.</p> <p id="L33o4x">“You have generations of women who stopped everything in their lives to come support these 21 women in uniform and also to see each other and to strengthen the bond they have between them,” Drohan remarked.</p> <p id="fPJTVz">Indeed, in the most disappointing of moments, all the coach could do was shower praise on those around her. Even in addressing some of the Wildcats’ miscues against the Bruins that led to their elimination, Drohan was complimentary.</p> <p id="hVF0aV">“Our team emptied the tank,” she said, perhaps referring to the <a href="/2022/5/30/23147134/in-remarkable-comeback-win-over-arizona-state-northwestern-demonstrates-four-years-worth-of-grit">three-game, heavyweight Super Regional</a> the ‘Cats played at Arizona State less than a week prior, all while classes were still in session in Evanston. “I mean, they were gassed. And I think they were still ready to play tonight, but they gave every ounce of themselves to the game and to each other.”</p> <p id="RYsUkb">Drohan’s appreciative sentiment seems to have seeped into her players, as was reflected by the postgame remarks of the program’s all-time home run leader, Rachel Lewis, who was choked up a bit herself.</p> <p id="lG46Fo">“It’s meant everything,” Lewis said of the journey Northwestern took in 2022, upon the season’s conclusion and the simultaneous end of her college career. “We’ve tried to get better and better every year, and I think we’ve been successful with that. Hopefully, they come back next year even stronger.”</p> <p id="r3ssAR">Fighting back tears, she managed a few more sentences.</p> <p id="8FMASD">“It’s been an honor to play for Kate and Caryl [Drohan]. And it’s meant everything to play with them,” she said, pointing toward first-year Grace Nieto, also on the podium, as a representative for the rest of her teammates.</p> <p id="YcJH3A">Lewis is the only guaranteed departure from NU’s regular starting ten, but more could follow as the offseason unfolds. Williams, along with fellow seniors Skyler Shellmyer, Jordyn Rudd, Maeve Nelson and Nikki Cuchran could all choose to call it a career and leave Northwestern after four years and three complete seasons. </p> <p id="3mM6Lk">The Big Ten Player of the Year told the media that Shellmyer — a longtime teammate of hers dating back to their travel ball years — recently asked her if she was glad she came back for a fifth year.</p> <p id="E6DhCB">“Hell yeah,” she responded.</p> <p id="Lfpohn">With Lewis (and potentially others) departing, the onus of locker room leadership will fall into the hands of a variety of players in the years to come. Nieto, on account of her status as the youngest member of NU’s starting lineup, looks likely to be a mentoring figure down the line. While short, the Wildcats’ time on softball’s grandest stage provided the second baseman an opportunity to make a name for herself — one she fully utilized against the Bruins, going 2-for-3 at the plate with a fifth-inning RBI double that brought the ‘Cats (albeit temporarily) within one run of their foes — and a chance to rally behind her older teammates.</p> <p id="U8dp49">“Especially people like Rachel, being able to lean on them and ask them for advice... having them there every pitch, every step of the way,” Nieto said. “That, I think, is the biggest lesson I learned, and I’ll try to do that, just as Rachel did for me, when I’m an upperclassman.”</p> <p id="TcDWUl">That’s just the kind of legacy Lewis seems proud to have left behind. Reflecting on her role in a special season at the end of a historic career, she highlighted her aspirations for younger teammates in future seasons.</p> <p id="LpapF2">“I hope they learned how to lead from me. I hope I set a good example for them. I hope they bring confidence to the game in everything they do,” she said. “I think they’re amazing and have so much freaking potential, so they’re only gonna get better from here.”</p> <p id="1HbDWg"></p> /2022/6/5/23154063/northwestern-expresses-gratitude-and-pride-after-season-ending-defeat-to-ucla Ben Chasen 2022-06-03T21:11:09-05:00 2022-06-03T21:11:09-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="NCAA Softball: Women’s College World Series UCLA vs Northwestern" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/E9kpY74DKRckZRrPLoaN9rfjlog=/0x0:2629x1753/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70942089/usa_today_18435579.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports</figcaption> </figure> <p>The ‘Cats closed out their best season since 2006 in Oklahoma City after a hard-fought NCAA Tournament run.</p> <p id="xEIfOC">What a run it was.</p> <p id="FtqRRW">No. 9 Northwestern Softball (45-13) dropped its second game of the Women’s College World Series to No. 5 UCLA (49-9) Friday night, sending the ‘Cats back to Evanston just in time for finals week. The 6-1 loss came after an electrifying Super Regional victory lifted NU to Oklahoma City for the first time in 15 years on the backs of now-Northwestern great Rachel Lewis and ace Danielle Williams in the circle. </p> <p id="qBZImM">Unfortunately, though, the night belonged to UCLA’s ace Megan Faraimo, who shone on the mound and in the box. The pitcher struck out 10 batters and hit a clutch home run in the 6th inning to increase the Bruins’ lead. Williams hung with Faraimo for a time, but crucial fielding errors and six runners left on base eventually solidified the ‘Cats' demise.</p> <p id="cENEE2">With the season on the line, Kate Drohan turned to Williams to keep the team alive after a rough start against No. 1 Oklahoma on Thursday. Whether it was shaken confidence after yesterday’s defeat or just a slow warm-up, the ‘Cats had a tough first inning yet again. Williams walked her first batter faced, and after a sacrifice bunt was laid down, the runner was already in scoring position for UCLA. </p> <p id="rqqU30">Slugger Delanie Wisz took advantage of the situation, hitting an RBI single to drive in the runner and put one on the board for UCLA early. Luckily, the ‘Cats were able to escape the inning with no further damage done, but the early run for the Bruins meant they would have to fight from behind.</p> <p id="Pq7J1T">Things remained quiet on both sides of the plate through three due to the dominance of both pitchers. Williams tallied four Ks through three innings — digging herself out of trouble with two on base and two outs at the top of the third — while UCLA’s Faraimo also recorded four strikeouts.</p> <p id="UisN2L">In the top of the fourth, the Bruins got the ball rolling again. After two singles and a walk, bases were loaded for UCLA with only one out. What could have been a popup to tally the second out turned into a miscommunication error as left fielder Angela Zedak botched a catch after calling shortstop Maeve Nelson off. The ‘Cats retired the next two batters on a foul out and strikeout to keep the deficit to just two runs.</p> <p id="DU9YUh">Then, Northwestern came alive when it needed it most. Zedak led off for the ‘Cats, successfully getting on base on a single to center field. Cady followed up, staying patient and disciplined in her at-bat to draw a walk, giving the ‘Cats a runner in scoring position for the first time. </p> <p id="ZJm4j0">With two outs on the board, first-year Grace Nieto came up big. She doubled down the left-field line, batting in Zedak to bring the ‘Cats within one.</p> <div id="0ws9UW"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">BOOM. Grace Nieto <br><br>RBI-double down the line makes it a one-run ballgame! <a href="https://t.co/r1K9s2cG0h">pic.twitter.com/r1K9s2cG0h</a></p>— Northwestern Softball (@NUSBcats) <a href="https://twitter.com/NUSBcats/status/1532891255201488896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="iYGExy"> Shellmyer drew the walk to load the bases for Big Ten Player of the Year Lewis. Lewis locked out Faraimo at first, going up 3-0 on the count. But, the pitcher came back with a vengeance, throwing three straight strikes to get the K. </p> <p id="3yHOLz">Faraimo apparently hadn’t quite settled down from striking out Lewis. Starting off the inning for the Bruins, she went after the first pitch and crushed a homer to left field to reset UCLA’s lead back to two. However, the ‘Cats showed the Bruins it wasn’t going to come easy. Northwestern concluded the inning with Rudd doing what she does best — throwing out a runner attempting to steal second — while Williams struck out the final batter. </p> <div id="Styy35"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WCWS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WCWS</a> edition, say it with us...<br><br> DON'T RUN ON RUDD ‍♀️ <a href="https://t.co/zcWxTzL500">pic.twitter.com/zcWxTzL500</a></p>— Northwestern Softball (@NUSBcats) <a href="https://twitter.com/NUSBcats/status/1532896479198814209?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 4, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <p id="2ayMBP">Nonetheless, the Bruins ran away with it in the top of the seventh. After a single and a double put batters on second and third, Williams allowed another RBI single to bring the score up to 4-1 for the Bruins. </p> <p id="yiJUuK">It didn’t stop there. A sacrifice bunt allowed yet another to score for the UCLA squad, extending their lead by four. The ‘Cats allowed one more run to score before the inning ended, but Rudd finished it off by throwing out another runner attempting to steal second. </p> <p id="CUZqji">Despite a late effort by Zedak, who lead off the seventh with a single to deep center, Faraimo got the best of the ‘Cats. The UCLA pitcher retired the next two batters on strikeouts, to bring her total up to 10 Ks. Shellmyer recorded the final out, hitting the ball right back to the circle on a groundout. </p> <p id="8dwkuP">Northwestern’s run comes to an end after one of the best seasons in program history. It’s difficult to admit, but all we can say is “see you next year, OKC.” We have a feeling the ‘Cats will be back.</p> /2022/6/3/23153892/rapid-reaction-northwestern-falls-6-1-to-ucla-exits-wcws-on-day-two Natalie.Pizer 2022-06-03T17:21:59-05:00 2022-06-03T17:21:59-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/UE7ApdkA6li5aMFX_saBx2NUUUc=/0x0:1662x1108/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70941691/Screen_Shot_2022_06_03_at_5.21.18_PM.0.png" /> </figure> <p>Backs against the wall, ‘Cats take on the Bruins.</p> <p id="RMtGGd"><em>After a run-rule drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma, Northwestern now finds itself in a win-or-go-home scenario in its second game of the Women’s World Series. The ‘Cats will try and stay alive against a UCLA team that it beat in dramatic, extra-inning walk-off fashion toward the beginning of the season, but the Bruins are no stranger to the stress of OKC, having won a NCAA-leading 12 national titles throughout the history of their program. Use the information below to tune in, share your thoughts on the game in the comments section below and follow along with us on Twitter at @insidenu.</em></p> <h1 id="E5Dzyd"><strong>Broadcast Information</strong></h1> <p id="Mobz3q"><strong>Location: </strong>USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium (Oklahoma City, Okla.)</p> <p id="oC45cb"><strong>Game Time:</strong> 6:00 p.m. CT (or shortly after, depending on the finish of the prior matchup)</p> <p id="brQWx1"><strong>TV/Streaming: </strong>ESPN2<strong> </strong>(and online using the ESPN App)</p> <p id="Dm7nJK"><strong>Radio:</strong> <a href="https://mixlr.com/wnur-sports/"><strong>WNUR Sports 89.3 FM</strong></a></p> <p id="7PBCCE"><strong>Betting line: </strong>UCLA -240 (<a href="https://www.bovada.lv/sports/baseball/ncaa-softball/ucla-northwestern-202206031900"><strong>Bovada</strong></a>)</p> <p id="S2Oh5D"></p> /2022/6/3/23153841/gamethread-how-to-watch-northwestern-ucla-womens-college-world-series-elimination-round-one Inside NU Archives 2022-06-02T16:32:08-05:00 2022-06-02T16:32:08-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="NCAA Softball: Women’s College World Series Northwestern vs OU" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Mg5KuHn5xOLwUlbbt1oSw--JNd4=/0x0:2436x1624/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70937390/usa_today_18417385.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>Brett Rojo-USA TODAY Sports</figcaption> </figure> <p>The ‘Cats were no match for the reigning National Champs.</p> <p id="ocFDkY">Northwestern Softball knew just how formidable 54-2, No. 1 Oklahoma would be ahead of its first Women’s College World Series matchup in 15 years. The Sooners proved their mettle to open their time in Oklahoma City, beating Northwestern 13-2 in just five innings.</p> <p id="rPrqio">OU’s win was catalyzed by Jana Johns, who had five RBIs, as well as Tiare Jennings, who hit the first grand slam of the game as part of a six-run Sooner fourth inning. Wildcats ace Danielle Williams gave up six runs in three innings, throwing 67 pitches.</p> <p id="ov8D2r">In their first look at Hope Trautwein, the ‘Cats went quietly, stranding Rachel Lewis after a one-out walk. Williams’ first inning was similar: the senior rebounded after a walk to Jocelyn Alo, striking out Jayda Coleman and Grace Lyons.</p> <p id="l5gF96">The top of the second paralleled the first. Angela Zedak drew a walk with one gone, but Hannah Cady popped up and Sydney Supple struck out swinging.</p> <p id="yoNmWK">The game's first hit came from OU’s Lynnsie Elam in the bottom of the second, but her spot on base was quickly erased after a double play by Hannah Cady on a line drive hit by Kinzie Hansen. Williams finished the second with a swinging strikeout of Alyssa Brito, keeping the score knotted at 0-0.</p> <p id="cXDE0o">Trautwein began the third by fanning Grace Nieto and Shellmyer swinging, but the righty was no match for Lewis. The grad student launched a ball deep into left field for a home run to give Northwestern a 1-0 lead; the long ball was Lewis’ 23rd of the year, tying the program record. Through three innings, Trautwein had already matched a season-high with four walks, her pitch count at 61.</p> <p id="uYiWR8">The Sooners responded to Lewis in a hurry, though. A leadoff double from Rylie Boone was followed by a Johns single up the middle to tie the game.</p> <p id="fvn0bN">Williams’ third-inning jam continued, surrendering a single to Coleman and walking Alo on four pitches. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Jennings drilled the ball into center, clearing the wall for a go-ahead grand slam, giving the Sooners a 5-1 lead.</p> <p id="cwWTOk">OU wasn’t done. Lyons singled, Hansen walked, and Boone drove in Lyons on a seeing-eye single as Oklahoma batted around. Patty Gasso’s team held a 6-1 lead after three.</p> <p id="GDAnxL">Trautwein took the circle in the fourth with a vengeance, securing a 1-2-3 frame via flyouts from Zedak and Cady and a punchout of pinch-hitter Lauren Caldrone.</p> <p id="BxjBJK">Williams was relieved by Lauren Dvorak in the fourth inning, but Oklahoma’s third trip through the lineup proved just as daunting: Coleman collected a leadoff walk, and Alo followed by a single. A Jennings walk catalyzed a two-run single from Lyons, making it 8-1 OU.</p> <p id="JwZVIt">Sydney Supple came in to pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth. The Sooners tacked on their ninth run following a hit-by-pitch that grazed Boone’s arm strap for her second RBI of the day. Then, the floodgates truly opened when Johns lifted a ball to right field for Oklahoma’s second grand slam.</p> <p id="Z5wxV4">With OU up twelve runs, the run-rule became in effect in the top of the fifth. Despite a leadoff walk from Kendall Peterson, Trautwein struck out Shellmyer and Lewis swinging.</p> <p id="YMInXt">Freshman phenom Jordy Bahl made her return to the circle, where she walked Jordyn Rudd and gave up an RBI single to Maeve Nelson, sending Nieto home. It wasn’t enough, though, as a grounder from Nikki Cuchran ended the game.</p> <p id="KDppYg">After falling to Oklahoma, Northwestern will face UCLA Friday at 6 p.m. CST on ESPN2 in the loser’s bracket, where the Wildcats will attempt to avoid elimination.</p> <p id="QMUJW5"></p> /2022/6/2/23152002/rapid-reaction-northwestern-run-ruled-13-2-by-oklahoma-in-game-one-of-wcws Bradley Locker 2022-06-02T13:11:27-05:00 2022-06-02T13:11:27-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/O3s4WK5PbyPlDkkMjMYa2rPlef0=/0x5:1774x1188/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70936384/Screen_Shot_2022_06_02_at_1.10.24_PM.0.png" /> </figure> <p>Here. We. Go.</p> <p id="RMtGGd"><em>The Northwestern Wildcats have made it all the way to the Women’s College World Series and now will face their first test of the weekend in the form of defending national champion and 1-seed Oklahoma. NCAA career home run leader Jocelyn Alo and her Sooners will take on Danielle Williams and the ‘Cats, with each team vying to stay on the winner’s side of their bracket and move one step closer to the championship final. Use the information below to tune in, share your thoughts on the game in the comments section below and follow along with us on Twitter at @insidenu.</em></p> <h1 id="E5Dzyd"><strong>Broadcast Information</strong></h1> <p id="Mobz3q"><strong>Location: </strong>USA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium (Oklahoma City, Okla.)</p> <p id="oC45cb"><strong>Game Time:</strong> 1:30 p.m. CT (or shortly after, depending on the finish of the prior matchup)</p> <p id="brQWx1"><strong>TV/Streaming: </strong>ESPN<strong> </strong>(and online using the ESPN App)</p> <p id="Dm7nJK"><strong>Radio:</strong> <a href="https://mixlr.com/wnur-sports/"><strong>WNUR Sports 89.3 FM</strong></a></p> <p id="7PBCCE"><strong>Betting line: </strong>Oklahoma -700 (<a href="https://www.bovada.lv/sports/baseball/ncaa-softball/northwestern-oklahoma-202206021430"><strong>Bovada</strong></a>)</p> <p id="EpJCBs"></p> /2022/6/2/23152009/gamethread-how-to-watch-northwestern-oklahoma-womens-college-world-series-round-one Inside NU Archives 2022-06-02T10:06:24-05:00 2022-06-02T10:06:24-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="Syndication: The Oklahoman" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ierh3n_Dxqz59A1A1N1y1IQ6DUU=/6x0:3489x2322/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70935583/usa_today_18407101.0.jpg" /> <figcaption>BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN / USA TODAY NETWORK</figcaption> </figure> <p>Get ready for a weekend (and potentially more) of unforgettable softball.</p> <p id="iM4BVR">For the first time in 15 years, Northwestern Softball has reached Oklahoma City’s Hall of Fame Stadium to compete in the Women’s College World Series. The annual event marks a showdown between the top eight teams in the country; the Wildcats left little doubt about their candidacy after an exhilarating three-game Super Regional series against Arizona State in Tempe.</p> <p id="fP0Nt4">The ’Cats will begin their quest for a national championship against No. 1 Oklahoma today at 1:30 p.m. CT on ESPN, but NU will also play one of Texas or UCLA, the other two teams on its side of the bracket. Before Kate Drohan’s team battles Patty Gasso’s squad, here’s a rundown of the tournament’s rules, historical context, players and matchups to monitor and more.</p> <hr class="p-entry-hr" id="VEOh7A"> <h1 id="MKBYua"><strong>Women’s College World Series Format</strong></h1> <p id="2Bq97V">As was the case with the Regional round of action, the WCWS is a double-elimination section of the NCAA Tournament. In simpler terms, any team that loses twice is eliminated, but each participant will play at least two games.</p> <p id="QKZXK5">If Northwestern beats OU, it will square off against the Longhorns or Bruins on Saturday, June 4 at 2 p.m. CT on ABC. Conversely, if the Wildcats lose their opener, they’ll play either Texas or UCLA in the loser’s bracket on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m., with the loser of that contest being eliminated.</p> <p id="Pb8GjU">The easiest way for the ‘Cats to reach the finals is to win out, meaning triumphing over Oklahoma, UCLA/Texas and beating the winner of Game 9. However, the more probable outcome is for NU to stave off elimination by prevailing against the loser of UCLA/Texas and then winning “Game 9” to move to play Oklahoma/Texas/UCLA. Below is a bracket:</p> <figure class="e-image"> <img alt=" " data-mask-text="false" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/qwFFme1E_-EY3FdVmVRNIOSVCx0=/400x0/filters:no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/23603052/Screenshot_2022_06_02_005704.png"> <cite>NCAA.com</cite> </figure> <p id="yZeKx3">In the semifinal round, the team with the best cumulative record in up to five WCWS games advances; effectively, the semifinal can last either one or two games. If the team with the better record entering the semifinal loses the first game of that round, then the semifinal will extend one game.</p> <p id="UQqWJO">This occurred with both semifinals in 2021: James Madison had a 2-0 mark before facing 2-1 Oklahoma, but OU won game one to force a game two (from which it emerged victorious). Hypothetically, had JMU prevailed in game one, the Dukes would have advanced to the final because the Sooners would have lost their second game.</p> <p id="ngCTiH">When the tournament is whittled down to the last two teams, the finals are a best two-of-three series, a structure identical to the Super Regionals.</p> <h1 id="irClu3"><strong>A Brief History of the WCWS</strong></h1> <p id="GLLemh">The WCWS formally began in 1982, with UCLA taking home the inaugural crown. 40 years later, the Bruins hope to repeat as champions.</p> <p id="fLcxsh">From 1982-87, the Women’s College World Series was held in Omaha, Neb. It then moved to Sunnyvale, Calif. for the next two seasons before debuting in Oklahoma City in 1990, its epicenter every year except for 1996 in which it was conducted in Columbus, Ga.</p> <p id="QL5qsB">Before its official recognition, teams did battle in a precursor to the WCWS as early as 1969, per NCAA.com. John F. Kennedy College won the first three national titles.</p> <p id="uaBCAY">Another relic to add to this year’s WCWS mantle is the anniversary of Title IX, which occurred on June 23, 1972. From 40<sup>th</sup> and 50<sup>th</sup> anniversaries to the ‘Cats’ first trip to OKC in 15 years, there is no shortage of time-related milestones to be celebrated among this year’s electric eight.</p> <h1 id="3EMPQy"><strong>Tale of the Tape</strong></h1> <p id="Uz3igg">Northwestern is seeking its inaugural national championship in program history. The Wildcats’ best finish was second in 2006. </p> <p id="jgZJJX">2022 will mark the team’s sixth appearance in OKC, with Drohan having spearheaded two prior trips in 2006 and 2007. Under Sharon J. Drysdale, the ‘Cats made the WCWS from 1984-86.</p> <p id="jqWHtx">On the opposite pole of the spectrum of the eight qualified for Oklahoma City is UCLA: the Bruins lead the country with 12 national titles, most recently winning it all in 2019.</p> <p id="RCzcMy">Oklahoma has forged somewhat of a modern-day dynasty, too. The Sooners have five titles, but two have come in the last four tournaments (2017 and 2021). Further, four of the five have been from 2013 onward.</p> <p id="bTyhw5">Among the remaining competitors, Arizona has eight titles, a figure trailing only UCLA; Florida has two, but Texas, Oklahoma State and Oregon State also seek their first stop atop the podium.</p> <p id="ebDG4X">Four of this year’s eight participants were in the WCWS last season: Oklahoma, UCLA, Oklahoma State and Arizona. Those teams have made it to Oklahoma City each of the last three seasons. Among them, the Bruins have the longest active streak at seven years being within the remaining eight.</p> <p id="K1q2oZ">There are some fellow long-awaited returners, though. Oregon State’s last appearance in OKC was 2006, besting Northwestern’s drought. Meanwhile, Texas had gone nine years without a WCWS berth. Crazily enough, the OSU Beavers had not even been to the NCAA Tournament since 2018, while 2022 was the first time in program history that the OSU Cowgirls won the Big 12 Tournament.</p> <p id="VHLsNG">During their 2022 regular season, the Wildcats encountered two of their WCWS opponents: UCLA and Oklahoma State; both showdowns happened in the SPC Elite Invite in late February. NU defeated UCLA courtesy of a walk-off home run from Maeve Nelson in extra innings, while Oklahoma State bested the purple and white 4-3.</p> <p id="cMaTZN">Finally, here are Northwestern’s all-time records against the final seven teams, as well as their most recent matchups.</p> <div id="OoOtng"><div data-anthem-component="table:11273157"></div></div> <h1 id="D7aDyH"><strong>Players to Watch</strong></h1> <p id="xk221R"><em>Note: For an in-depth list of Northwestern players to watch specifically, read more </em><a href="/2022/6/1/23149588/the-five-most-impactful-players-from-northwesterns-super-regional-victory-over-asu"><em>here</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p id="15qCo7">Without a doubt, the stars will be shining intensely under the OKC sun.</p> <p id="x4GmH5">The conversation’s focal point is Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo, who became the NCAA’s <em>all-time</em> home run leader on <a href="https://www.espn.com/video/clip/_/id/33482003">March 26 with her 96<sup>th</sup> long ball</a>. Now in her fifth season with the Sooners, Alo has never posted a year-long batting average below .379, and she has been voted an NFCA All-American every year of her career the awards have been doled out.</p> <p id="w7wGo6">OU’s lineup is chock full of stars aside from Alo, though. Six other Sooners collected an OPS over 1.000 this year, including Tiare Jennings and Grace Lyons, who joined Alo in the 20-homer club.</p> <p id="qwMQAn">Head coach Patty Gasso’s pitching staff is also devastating. Hope Trautwein, Jordy Bahl and Nicole May each made at least 25 appearances and had ERAs below 1.00. Though Bahl has missed nearly a month due to injury, the freshman is expected to return to action in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma’s well-roundedness has led the Sooners to a gaudy 54-2 record, its last loss coming on May 14 to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 championship.</p> <p id="wCzjuR">Speaking of the Cowgirls, they boast one of the best pitchers in the country in Kelly Maxwell, a First Team All-American who amassed 279 strikeouts and surrendered just seven home runs in 169 innings. Oklahoma State has quality hitters in Miranda Elish, Katelynn Carwile, Sydney Pennington, Julia Cottrill and Chyenne Factor.</p> <p id="eocCpT">Though none of the other five squads had First Team All-Americans, there remains a bevy of standout players.</p> <p id="s2FYp3">Four of UCLA’s hitters (Delanie Wisz, Briana Perez, Kinsley Washington, Savannah Pola) played in at least 50 games and hit over .348, while no Bruin pitcher had a WHIP over 1.24. Meanwhile, seven Arizona Wildcats had an on-base percentage of no less than .389. Several other top hitters to watch are Janae Jefferson (Texas), Skylar Wallace (Florida) and Frankie Hammoude (Oregon State). In terms of pitching, keep an eye on Sarah Haendiges (Oregon State), Rylee Trlicek (Florida), Natalie Lugo (Florida), Mariah Mazon (Oregon State) and Hailey Dolcini (Texas).</p> <p id="qd6SyG">More particularly, Jayda Coleman (Oklahoma), Factor (Oklahoma State) and Maya Brady (UCLA) were tremendous in last year’s WCWS and are looking to proliferate such performances a year later.</p> <h1 id="0S8Pdb"><strong>Misc.</strong></h1> <ul> <li id="Ans8tJ">Northwestern’s student body totals around 22,000, including graduate students, making it the smallest campus among the remaining eight teams. The next-closest mark in terms of student population is Oklahoma State (24,649), while the largest is Florida (53,372).</li> <li id="pw3Sba">Northwestern and Arizona are both represented by Wildcats. 2022 will mark the first WCWS since 2016 to have two teams with the same mascot (Auburn and LSU Tigers).</li> <li id="GxFIvW">NU is the first Big Ten team to make it to Oklahoma City since Minnesota did so in 2019. The Gophers lost to UCLA and Washington, winning no games. The only B1G squad to win it all was Michigan in 2005.</li> <li id="AxtZqa">The last time the Wildcats were in OKC in 2007, Sean Kington’s “Beautiful Girls” had just been released, the Houston Astros were in the National League and Teslas had yet to hit the road.</li> </ul> <p id="XeSJ1D"></p> <p id="7Vo7ui"></p> <p id="ughlgw"></p> <p id="H7mRAs"></p> /2022/6/2/23151279/womens-college-world-series-primer-everything-you-need-to-know-before-northwestern-battles-oklahoma Bradley Locker 2022-06-01T10:34:49-05:00 2022-06-01T10:34:49-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/Sx1zq2DZVu4hu9jmF9NWSGgRSZI=/1x0:4096x2730/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70931656/FUABpb_VIAALoao.0.jpeg" /> <figcaption>@NUSBCats on Twitter.</figcaption> </figure> <p>We could put the whole dugout in this article.</p> <p id="nv5UBz">Throughout the 2022 season, the ‘Cats have seen a variety of players step up in desperate times to lead the team to victory. If you’ve watched enough Northwestern softball, it’s evident the team builds off each other and knows how to bring it at the plate in game-changing moments. </p> <p id="LMREGI">Kate Drohan’s squad took this mentality to new heights last weekend in a marathon series that will go down as one of the best Super Regionals in the history of the NCAA Tournament. As Northwestern repeatedly rallied back to defeat Arizona in both games one and three (and almost two), a load of ‘Cats filled the scoresheet — and not just usual suspects Danielle Williams and Rachel Lewis. Let’s take a look at the most impactful players from NU’s Super Regional dub. </p> <h1 id="auFIhA"><strong>Jordyn Rudd</strong></h1> <p id="v0foJX">Catcher Jordyn Rudd was a superstar this past weekend. When the ‘Cats were struggling against ASU’s pitching staff, Rudd showed her team it was no different than a game at The J. She tallied the first hit of the series for the ‘Cats and concluded game one going 2-5 at the plate. In game two, Rudd hit 3-4 with an RBI double.</p> <p id="krUreP">She showed she could do even better, coming alive in game three to seal the deal for the ‘Cats. She batted 4-5 in the final game, tallying three RBIs on two singles, narrowing the Sun Devil lead to one and finishing it off on the second hit to bring in Northwestern’s final run. Behind the plate, Rudd made it clear she was a force to be reckoned with and only allowed one stolen base the whole weekend. The senior laid it all on the line, including diving for a foul pop-up for one of the final outs of the game.</p> <div id="MGq19A"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Do it all, <a href="https://twitter.com/jordynrudd63?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jordynrudd63</a>‼️ <br><br> ESPNU <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoadToWCWS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoadToWCWS</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/NUSBcats?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NUSBcats</a> <a href="https://t.co/LK2QnhzM1d">pic.twitter.com/LK2QnhzM1d</a></p>— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) <a href="https://twitter.com/NCAASoftball/status/1531122405367762945?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 30, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <h1 id="QlXKSy"><strong>Maeve Nelson</strong></h1> <p id="xMiXc1">If you have watched enough of senior Maeve Nelson this season, you know she plays with swag and was built for moments like these. The shortstop had a phenomenal weekend defensively and at the plate, batting 5-10 on the weekend with two RBIs and two walks. Nelson batted in the go-ahead run in game three, sparking a hitting spree from the ‘Cats to pad their lead and ultimately punch their ticket to OKC for the Women’s College World Series. Nelson has a flair for drama in the best way, and she showed her prowess with clutch at-bats and defensive play in Tempe.</p> <h1 id="Z798bp"><strong>Hannah Cady</strong></h1> <p id="B1VeFk">There are no Cardiac ‘Cats without Cardiac Cady. <a href="/2022/5/9/23056188/sophomore-slugger-hannah-cady-is-coming-into-her-own">Some might have even spoken sophomore Hannah Cady’s massive batting presence into existence this postseason</a>, and let’s just say we are glad they did. Despite coming into the season with a little bit of rust needing to be brushed off, Cady made steady improvement all throughout B1G play and has shown she is ready for the big stage. </p> <p id="aWO8Yy">While her hits were not constant throughout the weekend, they were big and they were clutch. In game one, Cady had just one hit. This one hit, though, came in the top of the seventh and was a monstrous home run, extending the game into extra innings and fueling the ‘Cats to prevail. In game three, she showed that she could do it again. After trailing five runs through three innings, the ‘Cats made a run and Cady decided that her teammates’ efforts would not go down in vain, hitting yet another massive homer to tie the game. Both of her tying solo shots greatly swayed each game toward the ‘Cats. Additionally, she let nothing go by her down the third baseline, making incredible defensive stops to ensure no extra ASU runners scored. Best of all, Cady grabbed the final out of the series on a foul pop-up, advancing Northwestern to the WCWS.</p> <div id="00BB8U"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oh my goodness, <a href="https://twitter.com/hannah_cady?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@hannah_cady</a> <br><br> ESPNU <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/RoadToWCWS?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#RoadToWCWS</a> x <a href="https://twitter.com/NUSBcats?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NUSBcats</a> <a href="https://t.co/g7oZ6Zxgq1">pic.twitter.com/g7oZ6Zxgq1</a></p>— NCAA Softball (@NCAASoftball) <a href="https://twitter.com/NCAASoftball/status/1531124156368052224?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 30, 2022</a> </blockquote> <script async="" src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> </div> <h1 id="igSjKN"><strong>Rachel Lewis </strong></h1> <p id="2MKVgb">We said it wasn’t just Lewis and Williams, but we can’t leave either of them out. Star slugger and Big Ten Player of the Year Lewis had quite the atypical weekend. The graduate student went just 2-11 at the plate and struck out three times, a surprising feat given that she has more walks than strikeouts in her career. However, one of her mere two hits came at the right moment for the ‘Cats and drastically changed the outcome of game one. In the bottom of the sixth, down 3-0, with the NU failing to heat up, Lewis smashed a two-RBI homer over the heads of the Sun Devils to narrow ASU’s lead to one. Her at-bat greatly shifted the momentum in the favor of Northwestern, and they ended up prevailing in an 11-inning victory. Most importantly, Coach Drohan later stated that Lewis’ home run convinced her to keep Williams in the circle rather than pulling her and saving her arm for game two — a decision that shut out the Sun Devils in the end to give NU the win. Even on her off-days, the impact Lewis has on this group of ‘Cats is invaluable.</p> <h1 id="xTwkLW"><strong>Danielle Williams</strong></h1> <p id="TLtk9k">Last, but certainly not least, the MVP of the weekend. If we learned anything from the series, it is that Williams is superhuman. The southpaw pitcher made every start in the three-game series, pitching a total of 23.1 innings and 430 pitches (the fact that her arm did not fall off is shocking, please someone check on it). Additionally, she tallied 19 strikeouts. </p> <p id="Cp5weK">Typically, opponents adjust to pitchers after facing them repeatedly, yet ASU couldn’t seem to get the hang of Williams as she demonstrated the wide range of pitches she holds in her arsenal and her ability to read batters. Even when Williams dug herself into a little bit of a hole, she managed to stay collected and climb right back out — and with a smile on her face. Unfortunately, Williams wasn’t named USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year after being named a finalist, but after the performance she had this weekend, we aren’t entirely sure what else there is left for her to do to prove she’s one of the best athletes, not just softball players, in the country. The only other thing we can think of is maybe taking down recipient Jocelyn Alo and her No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners this Thursday in game two of the WCWS double-elimination round. </p> <p id="62k8uP">While the listed names above were certainly important for the ‘Cats' success this past weekend, each and every member of Drohan’s dugout played a vital role in the series, and they will only continue to be called on as their journey carries on in OKC. </p> /2022/6/1/23149588/the-five-most-impactful-players-from-northwesterns-super-regional-victory-over-asu Natalie.Pizer 2022-05-31T09:39:26-05:00 2022-05-31T09:39:26-05:00 टीमसेइफर्टInside NU - All Posts - who win today match <figure> <img alt="" src="https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/LNUD_Fg4ulDRKJlrFRgjkZEO1zk=/0x0:1762x1175/1310x873/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/70927146/NYFJALL530.0.jpeg" /> </figure> <p>The ‘Cats couldn’t pull off a shocker in a star-studded field.</p> <p id="s3oywm">Northwestern men’s golf was eliminated from postseason play after finishing 11th at the Columbus Regional on May 18. The 13-team field featured eight teams ranked in GolfStat.com’s national top 50 before the tournament began, including the No. 44 Wildcats.</p> <p id="fT0bpA">The fierce competition proved to be a challenge early on for Northwestern. With No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 30 East Tennessee State separating themselves from the pack early on the first day, NU immediately found itself battling for the fifth and final bid to the national championship in Scottsdale, Ariz. Graduate student Varun Chopra shot 73 in the first round to lead the way, but the Wildcats’ total score of 295 left them in tenth – five strokes behind No. 11 Georgia Tech.</p> <p id="S05mkI">The ‘Cats improved in the second round, bettering their Day 1 score by six strokes. Big Ten Player of the Year David Nyfjäll, first-year Cammy Adam and junior James Imai all shot even for the day. However, most of the field improved even more. Northwestern moved up into a tie for ninth with Wright State, but its distance from fifth position increased to eight strokes.</p> <p id="7wOCSx">The same story held true on the regional’s final day. Chopra and Nyfjäll both shot under par to move up into the top 30 individually. But Wright State and Kentucky both outdueled Northwestern with tournament-best team performances to force the ‘Cats into 11th. The team shot +20 in total, leaving it 10 strokes short of a ticket to Scottsdale.</p> <p id="LOE1Ps">NU’s 11th-place finish at Columbus and its fourth-place result at the Big Ten Championships mark a slight decline from 2021 when it finished ninth and third in those respective tournaments. But, Nyfjäll’s conference title and success throughout the season helped the program reach individual heights that it hasn’t experienced in over a decade. </p> <p id="pwJCpz">With the star senior, graduate student Eric McIntosh and Chopra set to leave Evanston, it will be challenging for Northwestern to maintain its position near the top of the Big Ten. Head coach David Inglis will need to replace over half of his regional lineup. But the ‘Cats have not missed the NCAA Regionals since 2016, which speaks volumes about the program’s ability to develop talent and depth. </p> /2022/5/31/23147738/mens-golf-northwestern-eliminated-with-11th-place-finish-at-ncaa-regionals Ignacio Dowling