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By Walker Reinfeld
The baseball team continued its long string of away games as they traveled to Columbia, Missouri to face the Missouri Tigers. The Wildcats were unable to come away with a win over the weekend, but several Wildcats had great performances once again. Quinn Lavelle had another solid start as Spencer Allen and the coaching staff moved him up to the Friday slot in the rotation, allowing five hits and three runs in six strong innings. On Saturday, the Wildcats scored a season-high 11 runs in an effort spearheaded by sophomore outfielder Casey O’Laughlin, who went 4-5 with four RBI and finished just a triple shy of the cycle. Redshirt-first year David Dunn also continued his strong start to the season Saturday, as he finished the game 3-6 with four RBI. Looking forward, the Wildcats added a home game to the schedule, which is slated to be played on March 12th against Division-III opponent MacMurray College.
The Wildcats hosted a much-anticipated matchup against the number one team in the country, the Boston College Eagles. Northwestern showed a lot of fight as they consistently cut into Boston College leads, but the Eagles were too much to overcome as the Wildcats fell 22-17. Northwestern’s leading scorers were senior Selena Lasota and junior Lindsey McKone, who scored five and three goals respectively. The Boston College attack was led by junior Dempsey Arsenault, who scored seven goals. The Wildcats will look to bounce back as they travel to Piscataway to battle Rutgers on March 14.
Northwestern Softball continued their strong start to the season in Norman, Oklahoma, as they went 3-2 over the weekend with their only losses coming to No. 3 Oklahoma. Northwestern’s wins came against Drake, Tulsa and Grand Canyon. The weekend got off to an exciting start, as the Wildcats rallied for one run each in the bottom of the seventh and eighth innings to top the Drake Bulldogs 2-1. First-year Nikki Cuchran’s single lifted Northwestern to victory. After losing to Oklahoma in the second game Friday night, the Wildcats rebounded to sweep both their opponents on Saturday. The Wildcat offense was the story of the day, as they scored nine runs in the first game and seven in the second to beat Tulsa and GCU respectively. Next up, the Wildcats head to Bloomington, Indiana for a double header, the first game against Toledo and the second against the hosting Hoosiers.
The Wildcats entered the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis as the number eight seed with a matchup against the number nine seed Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans took down the Wildcats 68-52. Northwestern’s leading scorer in the game was Junior Abbie Wolf, who scored 15 points for the second game in a row. Senior standout Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah finished two rebounds short of a double-double in what may be the final game of her career with the ‘Cats poised for a potential bid to the WNIT. If this is the end for her career in Northwestern purple, she will undoubtedly be considered one of the greats in program history. Should the Wildcats earn a postseason berth, WNUR will continue to have coverage until the end of the season.