It seemed that all NU Coach Kate Drohan had to do was start off with Brie Brown or Lauren Schwendimann and if they faltered bring in Freshman Cortnay Foster and the Cats would win.
But after Jessie Wellnitz won the loser bracket final over Michigan State with a 3 run walk off homer early Saturday afternoon, it looked like the Cats were rolling. And the role reversal, Schwendimann had relieved Foster for the win this time didn't seem to matter as the Cats were in the Big 10 Finals for the first time since the 80's.
But either there just wasn't enough Wildcat magic, or the Cats had just played too many extra inning games in 3 days, the Cats were shut out by Iowa in just 7 innings to lose the Big 10 Tournament to the #1 Seeded Iowa Hawkeyes 2 - 0.
Pitcher Courtnay Foster and Outfielder Erin Mobley earned All - Tournament Honors - we're waiting to see if the season continues with the NCAA tournament announcements.
It was with a #2 seed in the Texas Regional which starts next Thursday - wonder how many extra inning games they can play [and win] down there? -- just kidding.
I was in Greensboro, NC, at my son David's Graduation and got to watch the end of both games on the NU Sports GameTracker. We went to the Gowning Ceremony Saturday Night all pumped up as NU beat Michigan right before it started. We came back just in time to see Iowa beat NU 2-0. I would have listened on the internet, but WNUR's feed kept breaking up. It was still an amazing weekend for the 'Cats, topped off by a #2 seed for this long underappreciated team.
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