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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Join the excitement at Sharon J. Drysdale Field this weekend when the 'Cats host the Illini!
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    Join the excitement at Sharon J. Drysdale Field this weekend when the 'Cats host the Illini!
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    April 4, 2013

     Northwestern (16-14, 2-3 B1G) vs. Illinois (11-18, 1-5 B1G)
     Date  Friday-Sunday, April 5-7
     Location   Sharon J. Drysdale | Evanston, Ill.
     The Schedule April 5 • 4 p.m. CT • vs. Illinois
    April 6 • 1 p.m. CT • vs. Illinois
    April 7 • Noon CT • vs. Illinois
    April 9 • 4 p.m. CT • vs. Notre Dame
     Live Coverage  Gametracker and Links to Online Broadcasts on NUsports.com
     Social Media  @NUSBCats   |  @NU_SportsLive
     Game Notes  NU's Illinois Series Game Notes

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's current 12-game homestand continues this weekend, April 5-7, when the Wildcats host Illinois at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.

    Game times are set for 4 p.m. CT Friday, 1 p.m. CT Saturday and noon CT Sunday. All three games will feature streaming audio broadcasts at NUsports.com courtesy of Wildcats All-Access and Northwestern student-radio WNUR 89.3 FM.

    NU is coming off a series victory over Minnesota last weekend in the 'Cats 2013 home opener. Sophomore Amy Letourneau was named the Big Ten, Louisville Slugger/NFCA National and USA Softball College Player of the Week after batting .750 with two home runs and six RBIs to go along with a 2-0 record in the circle and the first no-hitter of her career in that series. Letourneau currently is ranked in the top-25 in the nation in hits allowed per seven innings (16th), strikeouts per seven innings (17th) and total strikeouts (23rd).

    On Saturday, any fan who brings a scorecard from the football open practice at Ryan Field will get a voucher for a $3 ticket to the softball game taking place immediately after. Sunday at the ballpark is a PURPLE OUT. The first 250 fans through the gate will receive a free Northwestern softball purple t-shirt. Sunday also is Scout Day. For more information and a complete promotional calendar, check out the Northwestern softball promotions page.

    As a reminder, Northwestern softball is now a ticketed event at Sharon J. Drysdale Field in 2013. Adult tickets are $7 while seniors age 65 and older, faculty/staff, children 17 and under, and students from other Universities with a valid ID can purchase tickets for $4. As always, tailgating is encouraged at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.

    In scheduling news, Northwestern's March 27 doubleheader at Wisconsin that was postponed due to poor playing conditions in Madison has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 24. The Wildcats will travel to the now 25th-ranked Badgers Goodman Diamond. NU continues to seek a new date for its postponed nonconference game at UIC that was supposed to be played Monday, April 1.

    Following Illinois' visit to Chicago's Big Ten Team, Northwestern welcomes Notre Dame to "The J" for a nonconference showdown at 4 p.m. CT Tuesday, April 9.

    TWO SPECIAL WEEKENDS COMING TO SHARON J. DRYSDALE FIELD

    When Northwestern host Iowa at Sharon J. Drysdale Field April 12-14, the Wildcats will be wearing helmet stickers in honor of 2006 NU graduate Jamie Dotson Cruz's son, Dylan, and to raise awareness of Angelman syndrome, a neuro-genetic disorder characterized by severe developmental delay, speech difficulties, seizure disorders and more. People with AS are sometimes known as "angels", both because of the syndrome's name and because of their youthful, happy appearance.

    Then, during the weekend of April 26-28 when Purdue is in town, Northwestern softball will join in the Donate Life Northwestern Campaign, which is aimed at increasing the number of individuals on the Illinois Organ/Tissue Donor Registry. Organ donation is an incredibly important cause close to the Drohan family; in 2004, NU head coach Kate Drohan donated a kidney to her dad, John.

    For Northwestern's complete Illinois series game notes package, download the .pdf at the top of this release.

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