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.