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Morning Roundup: May 24, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 24, 2016
(Daily file photo by Lauren Duquette)

The Daily continues its Curtain Call series of senior profiles Tuesday with two more features…

  • Melissa Haniff takes an in-depth look at the relationship between Andrea Filler and Amy Letourneau of the softball team.
  • Ben Pope writes about Zach Jones’ four years of consistency for Northwestern baseball.
  • Wildcat women’s golf finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish in school history.
  • The men’s basketball team will play Wake Forest in this year’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge, per a report from CBSSports.

And here’s a look at Tuesday’s back page:

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Wildcats softball falls to Minnesota in Big Ten semifinals

Wildcats softball falls to Minnesota in Big Ten semifinals
(Daily file photo by Keshia Johnson)

Northwestern (26-26) dropped a tough one against No. 2 seeded (and No. 23 ranked) Minnesota (40-12) by a score of 8-4. After going 15-8 in conference play, the Cats were unable to stop the Golden Gophers’ powerful offense, as Minnesota scored at least one run in the first five innings.

NU kept it close through the first few innings, as the Cats and Golden Gophers went back and forth scoring runs. In the end, a two-run homer from Minnesota’s Sam Macken in the fifth would put the nail in the coffin. NU was led at the plate by sophomore centerfielder Sabrina Rabin with two RBIs and senior rightfielder Fran Strub, who scored two runs.

On the mound, senior Kristen Wood pitched one frame and fellow senior Amy Letourneau pitched the rest. The two combined for seven strikeouts, but gave up eight runs and 13 hits.

The Cats’ NCAA Tournament hopes are now in the hands of the selection committee, who will announce their choices tomorrow at 9 p.m.

Northwestern softball advances to Big Tens semifinals

Northwestern softball advances to Big Tens semifinals
(Daily file photo by Daniel Tian)

The Wildcats (26-25) beat Ohio State (33-18-1) in thrilling fashion on Friday, bringing in a tight 3-1 win after scoring three runs in the first frame. Although the Cats would not score any additional runs throughout the matchup, it was team’s defense that led the charge, guaranteeing that NU will finish with at least a .500 record to maintain eligibility for an NCAA Tournament at-large berth.

A fly-out from senior shortstop Andrea Filler in the first helped the Cats strike first, followed two batters later by a groundout from sophomore catcher Sammy Nettling for another RBI. Sophomore second baseman Brooke Marquez then smashed a double into centerfield to put the Cats up 3-0.

The Buckeyes’ Cammi Prantl would score OSU’s lone run in the fourth inning, but NU’s Kristen Wood and Amy Letourneau kept OSU’s batters at-bay for the rest of the matchup. Wood and Letourneau pitched more than three innings each, with only one run and five hits off both aces combined, and Letourneau earned the win in the 7th frame.

NU will advance to face the winner between Minnesota and Illinois in the semifinals.

Morning Roundup: May 12, 2016

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Morning Roundup: May 12, 2016
(Daily file photo by Leeks Lim)

With most Northwestern teams beginning their postseason tournaments this weekend, we’ve started our preview coverage at The Daily. Here’s what you should know…

  • Melissa Haniff takes a look at the softball Big Ten Tournament and how the Wildcats are thankful for their first-round bye.
  • Mike Marut and Robbie Markus discuss the women’s tennis team’s chances in the weekend NCAA Regionals.
  • Garrett Jochnau and Benjy Apelbaum debate where this year’s men’s tennis team ranks in the annals of Northwestern history
  • Sophie Mann previews the cross country meet this weekend in nearby Naperville, Illinois.
  • Three football start times were announced Wednesday morning, including the Wildcats’ homecoming game.
  • Four softball players earned all-Big Ten honors, with Andrea Filler and Amy Letourneau taking home first team awards.
  • The grandson of Lou Malnati of the famous pizzeria chain walked on to the men’s basketball team, according to the Chicago Tribune.
  • Men’s golfer Dylan Wu qualified for the U.S. Open sectional qualifier, in addition to a volunteer assistant coach.
  • Former NU soccer star Joey Calistri made his first career MLS start Wednesday night.

And here’s a look at Thursday’s back page:

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Andrea Filler, Amy Letourneau named first-team all-Big Ten

Andrea Filler, Amy Letourneau named first-team all-Big Ten
(Daily file photo by Keshia Johnson)

Northwestern seniors Andrea Filler and Amy Letourneau were named to the all-Big Ten first team, the conference announced Wednesday.

Filler, who was named to her second consecutive all-conference first team, has been a staple at shortstop for the Cats since transferring from Boston College in 2013. She hit .327 and led NU with 16 home runs and 56 RBIs this season.

Letourneau, meanwhile, has excelled both in the circle and at the plate. She has a 13-10 record and 3.03 ERA in 21 starts. Her 155 innings pitched are more than double her closest competitor. At the plate, the 2013 all-Big Ten first-team honoree hit .341 with 14 home runs and added 56 RBIs.

Also, freshman third baseman Morgan Nelson and sophomore centerfielder Sabrina Rabin were named to the second team. Nelson hit .320 with 41 RBIs, and Rabin hit a team-leading .341 while serving as the team’s leadoff hitter.

Letourneau was also named to the all-defensive team, and senior infielder Aubrie May was NU’s sportsmanship award honoree.

The Cats begin Big Ten Tournament play Friday in State College, Pennsylvania.

 

 

Morning Roundup: April 25, 2016

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Morning Roundup: April 25, 2016
(Source: NU Athletics)

This past weekend was one of extreme highs and lows for Northwestern. The women’s golf team won its second-straight Big Ten Championship, men’s tennis set a new program record with 24 wins and softball earned a much-needed sweep. On the flipside, the lacrosse team dropped an important match to Penn State, putting a potential NCAA Tournament berth at risk, and baseball continued its Big Ten woes at home. What you need to know…

  • Joe Wilkinson recaps what might be Northwestern’s next dynasty in the women’s golf team.
  • Garrett Jochnau discusses a mixed bag of emotions for men’s tennis despite setting a new program record.
  • Claire Hansen writes about the lacrosse team’s danger of missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.
  • Mike Marut illustrates an emotional weekend for women’s tennis.
  • Max Schuman explores the upcoming men’s basketball season, specifically regarding NU’s non-conference schedule.
  • Bites from the weekend: Letourneau joins “Roof Club”, Football players sing national anthem.

Here’s a look at Monday’s front page, featuring the women’s golf team, and back page:

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WATCH: Amy Letourneau joins ‘Roof Club’

On Friday, senior Amy Letourneau joined the esteemed “Roof Club” against Michigan State. Her 3-run home run landed on the roof of McGaw Hall beyond the left field fence and was the 10th Northwestern bomb ever to reach the roof. Letourneau became the seventh Wildcat in school history to hit a roof shot and first since Olivia Duehr last season.

NU won the game 8-0 in five innings, run-ruling the Spartans.