Feb. 22, 2012
NU's Cathedral City Classic Game Notes
EVANSTON, Ill. -- The Cathedral City Classic annually is one of college softball's biggest celebrations, and near permanent guest list member Northwestern is back for its eighth appearance February 24-26.
The tournament, staged at the five-field Big League Dreams ballpark complex in Cathedral City, Calif., swelled to a record 34 teams in 2011 and that same number comprises the field in 2012. Included among the invitees are 14 of the current top-25 teams in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll and 11 of the top-16 squads. NU will take on three ranked opponents this year.
Northwestern's schedule starts at 7:30 p.m. CT (5:30 p.m. local) Friday, Feb. 24, against No. 21 Oklahoma State before it faces Syracuse at 10 p.m. CT (8 p.m. local) later that night. On Saturday, the Wildcats play Colorado State at 2:30 p.m. CT (12:30 p.m. local) and No. 19 Oregon at 5 p.m. CT (3 p.m. local). Getaway day Sunday features an 11 a.m. CT (9 a.m. local) tilt with No. 11 Missouri.
Friday's games will be played at "Fenway Park," Saturday's contests will be contested on the outlying Des Moines Field and Sunday will find the Wildcats closing the tournament in the Friendly Confines of "Wrigley Field."
Northwestern has played in the Cathedral City Classic (formerly the Palm Springs Classic) every year since 2004 with the exception of the 2006 season. In that time, the Wildcats have compiled a 20-15 record against the nation's best, including a 9-9 mark against ranked foes.
Junior Emily Allard was named the Big Ten Player of the Week following the 2011 Cathedral City Classic, during which she hit .588 with six steals in six attempts. Currently in 2012, Allard leads NU with a .485 average. Classmate Kristin Scharkey is on a tear at the plate right now as well after hitting .444 at last week's Mardi Gras Invitational.
For Northwestern's complete Cathedral City Classic game notes package, download the .pdf at the top of this page.
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