Feb. 13, 2013
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern continues its 2013 season this weekend, Feb. 15-17, at the Georgia Softball Classic hosted by No. 13 Georgia and also featuring Middle Tennessee State and Campbell.
The Wildcats open against the Blue Raiders at 11:30 a.m. CT (12:30 p.m. ET) on Friday. NU then plays two games against the 13th-ranked Bulldogs on Friday and Saturday evenings and a pair of contests with the Camels on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Gametracker will be available for all games, and NU's contests against Georgia will be feature live streaming audio at georgiadogs.com.
Northwestern is making its first-ever trip to Athens and will be playing Georgia for the first time since the programs met twice at the 2000 Louisville Slugger tournament in Tampa, Fla. The squads split those games during a season in which the Wildcats earned an NCAA Tournament berth. NU will be meeting MTSU and Campbell for the first times in program history.
Northwestern has a very close and recent connection to the Georgia softball program that is hosting this weekend's tournament: Sports Performance coach Tyler Jorgensen. Jorgensen worked as a strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports in Athens from 2007-11, including working directly with the Bulldogs' softball program. Jorgensen then made the move with his wife, Kate, to Evanston where he is in his second year with the NU softball team. The couple welcomed their first child, Abigail Marie in February of 2012 shortly after their transition to Northwestern.
Several Wildcats emerged from the season-opening Kajikawa Classic with strong performances, none bigger than sophomore Anna Edwards. After batting .207 with just 10 extra base hits as a freshman, Edwards pounded a tough lineup of opposing pitchers to the tune of a .471 average with three doubles, a triple and four RBIs.
In the circle, sophomore Amy Letourneau drew starts against No. 13 Arizona and No. 2 Oklahoma, pitching mostly well though she took the loss in both contests. Letourneau first fanned a career-high 11 batters from the Pac-12 Wildcats with all four runs against her being unearned. She then held an incredibly potent Oklahoma offense largely in check with 10 more strikeouts during a complete-game effort.
Junior All-American Marisa Bast picked up where she left off in 2012, blasting a pair of two-run homers in Arizona.
For Northwestern's complete Georgia Softball Classic preview and game notes package, download the .pdf at the top of this page.
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