March 25, 2005
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- On a perfect day for softball at the Stanford Tournament, Courtnay Foster (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) was nearly just that. The junior allowed only two hits and three baserunners as the Wildcats defeated Hawaii Friday morning, 1-0.
With the win, Northwestern improved to 2-1 in the tournament and 17-8 overall. Hawaii fell to 1-2 in the event and 19-16 overall.
Foster was perfect through five innings, at one point striking out five in a row through the fourth and fifth innings. A sharp single past first base broke up perfection to lead off the bottom of the sixth frame.
Foster finished with 13 strikeouts, her sixth double-digit strikeout effort of the season, and improved her record on the year to 8-4.
The shutout was Foster's third during NU's spring break trip. She also allowed zero runs on March 18 against Utah Valley State and March 24 against St. Mary's.
Foster now has five shutouts on the season and 20 for her career, moving her into fourth place all-time at Northwestern in the category.
In the first inning, junior Jamie Dotson (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) hit her fifth double of the tournament to drive in junior Sheila McCorkle (Costa Mesa, Calif./Mater Dei) from second and give Northwestern a 1-0 lead. McCorkle reached base on an error by the pitcher and stole second.
In the top of the sixth inning, freshman Stephanie Churchwell (Lake Forest, Calif./El Toro) hit a one-out single to bring the red-hot Dotson to the plate. The catcher lined a shot up the middle that skipped once into the glove of a diving second-baseman, who flipped to second from her belly to start a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.
Sophomore Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles for the Wildcats. Sophomores Megan Hinck (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) and Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) also singled in the game for NU, which finished with six hits.
The Wildcats return to action at 3 p.m. CT today, March 25, against host No. 5 Stanford.