2006: Foster became the second pitcher in Northwestern history after Lisa Ishikawa to strike out at least 200 batters in all four of her seasons as a Wildcat and to reach the 1,000 strikeout plateau ... Concluded career with 1,014 strikeouts ... Named second-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Threw a one-hit shutout with five strikeouts against No. 20 Fresno State (2/11) ... Whiffed nine in four innings of work to earn the win against Syracuse (2/12) ... Picked up two wins in the same day, throwing two scoreless innings of relief in a 5-4 victory over Cal State Fullerton and going to distance in a 5-3 win against UNLV (2/17) ... Recorded nine strikeouts against the Rebels to give her 800 for her career ... Struck out 11 in a complete game win over Massachusetts (2/24) ... Threw five innings with five strikeouts to earn a combined shutout against Texas Tech (3/5) ... Recorded double-digit strikeouts in three complete-game wins in Hawaii, including a two-hit shutout of Oklahoma State (3/18) ... Fanned 12 batters in a complete game win at Northern Illinois (4/4) ... Fanned 10 batters in back-to-back games against Penn State (4/8) and Ohio State (4/9) ... Struck out a season-best 14 batters in a three-hit victory over Indiana (4/15) ... Entered game against Notre Dame (4/18) in relief, earning the final two outs by strikeout to get the win ... Tossed a one-hit shutout in her final regular-season home game, fanning nine in five innings of work against Loyola (Ill.) (4/20) ... Struck out 10 batters in a complete-game win at Minnesota (4/23) ... Tossed a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts in the final regular season game of her career, a 5-0 win at Illinois (5/7) ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on 5/8 ... Fired 11th-career one-hit shutout, striking out eight in a 4-0 win over Ohio State in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals (5/13) ... Earned Big Ten All-Tournament team berth ... Threw her third-consecutive shutout in a 9-0, five-inning win over Notre Dame in the NCAA Regional (5/20) ... Fanned nine in a 4-2, game two win over Massachusetts in the NCAA Super Regional to force a game three in the series (5/27) ... Entered WCWS opening round game against Alabama (6/1) in relief, throwing 4.2 innings and striking out 13 batters out of the 14 outs she recorded to get the win.
2005: NFCA third-team All-America selection ... Began season with two seven-inning, complete-game wins at the Pepsi Arizona Softball Classic ... Struck out 13 batters in a 3-0 loss to No. 23 Georgia Tech (2/11) ... Whiffed 18 batters to tie her seven-inning career high in a one-hit shutout victory over Boston College (2/12), a performance which moved into her third place all-time in strikeouts at Northwestern ... Whiffed 13 batters in a three-hit shutout of No. 23/25 Long Beach State (2/25) ... Tossed a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save against No. 12 Washington (2/25) ... Pitched six innings of scoreless relief with 10 K's for the win against No. 20 Pacific (2/27) ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on 2/28 ... Struck out 10 and allowed just one hit in a five-inning win over Utah Valley State (3/18) ... Whiffed eight in a five-inning shutout win against St. Mary's (3/24) ... K'd 13 and allowed just two hits in a shutout win against Hawaii (3/25) ... Closed out NU's win against No. 5 Stanford on 3/25, striking out the final batter of the game in relief ... Struck out a batter in relief against Illinois on 3/26, giving her 640 strikeouts for her career to tie her for second-place all-time at Northwestern ... Whiffed 11 in a 4-1 win over Illinois on 4/2 ... Notched her third one-hit shutout of the season and the seventh of her career with a 12-strikeout performance against Iowa on 4/3 ... Struck out the side in the seventh to earn a save against Minnesota (4/8) ... Earned another save with two scoreless innings against Wisconsin (4/10) ... Fanned 17 batters in a 4-2 win over Indiana on 4/16 ... Threw a shutout with nine K's against Purdue on 4/17, pushing her over the 700 strikeout mark for her career ... Allowed just one hit in a 2-1 win against Penn State on 4/24 ... Struck out her 200th batter of the season in that game, making her just the second Wildcat to ever record 200 K's in three consecutive seasons ... Struck out nine batters in five innings of work to pick up the win against Northern Illinois (5/4) ... Threw a complete game four-hit shutout against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament (5/12) ... Struck out 10 in a complete game win over Albany in the NCAA Regional (5/20) ... Also picked up a complete game NCAA Tournament win against Louisville (5/21) ... Earned the win in NU's NCAA Regional-title clinching game against Notre Dame (5/22) ... Earned first-team All-Big Ten and first-team NFCA All-Mideast Region honors.
2004: Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on 2/13 and again on 4/19 ... Struck out her 200th batter of the season on 4/27 against Bradley, making her only the second pitcher in NU history to record 200 whiffs in consecutive seasons ... Struck out 18 batters in a nine-inning complete game win on 3/4 over Coastal Carolina ... Threw a two-hit shutout in Northwestern's opening game on 2/6 against Kansas, striking out 12 ... Pitched 10 scoreless frames in an 11-inning combined shutout of DePaul on 5/5 ... Earned three saves on the season ... Struck out 10 or more batters in a game eight times during the year ... Tossed five shutouts on the season, including one-hitters on 3/5 against Rutgers and on 4/6 at Northern Illinois ... Pitched a complete game four-hitter against UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Tournament, allowing on a single unearned run and striking out six to earn the win ... Finished sophomore season ranked fourth on NU's all-time strikeout list.
2003: Second-team All-Big Ten and NFCA All-Mideast Region selection ... Recorded a string of 69.2 innings pitched without allowing an earned run from April 18-May 9 ... Set a Big Ten Tournament records with 38 strikeouts and 30.1 innings pitched ... Tied a school record with 20 strikeouts in an 18-inning 1-0 shutout win over Michigan State (5/8) ... Pitched a one-hitter while striking out eight in an NCAA Regional game win over Tennessee Tech (5/15) ... Named USA Softball and Louisville Slugger/NFCA Player of the Week and Big Ten Pitcher of the Week for April 21-27 after tossing three shutouts and striking out 41 batters in 21 innings ... Earned second consecutive Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honor (4/28-5/4) after posting two complete-game wins over No. 24 Illinois; a four-hitter in a 6-0 win and a one-hitter in a 2-1 victory ... Fanned 18, including the first 10 batters she faced in hurling a 1-0 one-hit win at Loyola-Chicago (4/23) ... Tossed two- and three-hit shutouts back-to-back days at Big Ten leader Iowa, striking out a combined 23 batters (4/25-26) ... Struck out seven or more batters in 21 of her 28 starts ... Led the Big Ten with four saves ... Allowed just two bunt singles while striking out 10 in a complete-game victory at Purdue (4/13) ... Fanned 15 while allowing no earned runs in a 2-1 10-inning loss to Oklahoma State (3/8) ... Struck out nine California batters in picking up a 4-3 win over the defending national champions (2/28) to help earn Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors.
High School: Two-time Arizona all-state selection ... Earned all-region and all-city honors three times ... Helped lead Sahuaro High to a 4A state championship as a junior by tossing a one-hitter in the championship game ... Team earned a 5A runner-up finish senior year ... Team captain ... Played for the Arizona Cats and Phoenix Storm club teams, making national tournament appearances three straight years ... Honor roll student.
Personal: Born Courtnay Paige Foster on 3/26/84 ... Daughter of Dave and Laura Foster ... Drafted by the Philadelphia Force of National Professional Fastpitch (NPF), but elected to pursue opportunities outside of softball ... Majoring in communication studies.
Foster's Career Statistics
|Yr. ||ERA ||W-L ||APP ||GS ||CG ||SHO/CBO ||SV ||IP ||H ||R ||ER ||K ||BAA|
|2003 ||1.32 ||19-10 ||40 ||28 ||20 ||7/2 ||4 ||217.2 ||132 ||52 ||41 ||292 ||.174|
|2004 ||1.74 ||15-14 ||35 ||24 ||18 ||8/1 ||3 ||188.2 ||134 ||73 ||47 ||229 ||.194|
|2005 ||1.27 ||22-7 ||40 ||27 ||20 ||8/0 ||3 ||186.2 ||108 ||47 ||34 ||250 ||.165|
|2006 ||1.66 ||24-6 ||35 ||28 ||21 ||6/1 ||0 ||185.1 ||108 ||64 ||44 ||243 ||.165|
|Totals ||1.49 ||80-37 ||150 ||107 ||79 ||29/4 ||10 ||778.1 ||482 ||236 ||166 ||1,014 ||.175|