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    No. 25 Wildcats Return Home to Host Hoosiers

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Brianna LeBeau is NU's team leader in batting after last weekend.
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    Brianna LeBeau is NU's team leader in batting after last weekend.
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    April 17, 2014

     No. 25 Northwestern (24-11, 6-6 B1G) vs. Indiana (13-30-1, 4-10 B1G)
     Date Friday-Sunday, April 18-20
     Location   Sharon J. Drysdale Field | Evanston, Ill.
     The Schedule April 18 | 4 p.m. CT | vs. Indiana | WNUR 89.3 FM Stream | GT
    April 19 | 1 p.m. CT | vs. Indiana | WNUR 89.3 FM Stream | GT
    April 20 | Noon CT | vs. Indiana | Watch BTDN ($) | WNUR 89.3 FM Stream | GT
     Social Media  @NUSBCats   |  @NU_SportsLive
     Game Notes  NU's Indiana Series Game Notes

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 25 Northwestern returns home to Sharon J. Drysdale Field this weekend, April 18-20, to welcome Indiana to Evanston for a Big Ten series.

    Game one begins at 4 p.m. CT on "Fraternity Friday" April 18. Tailgating grills will be provided to NU Greek system members, who also will receive a Northwestern Softball color-changing stein.

    Game two is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT Saturday, April 19. Before the game, members of Willie's Kids Club will participate in a kickball game with other NU student-athletes while after the game, the softball team will host a youth clinic.

    Game three will start at noon CT Sunday, April 20. Celebrate the Easter Holiday with the Wildcats during a Purple Out! The Easter bunny will be on hand to help with many fun activities including egg decorating.

    Northwestern fell two spots in the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll this week to No. 25 after going 1-2 in a road series at No. 14 Minnesota last weekend. The Wildcats got this week off to a strong start with their ninth run-rule win of the season in an 8-0 (5) decision at Loyola (Chicago) Wednesday. Sophomore Kristen Wood (Trevor, Wis./Wilmot Union) struck out a career-high 12 and did not allow a ball to be put in play until the fourth inning of her second no-hitter of the year.

    Sophomore Brianna LeBeau (Worth, Ill./H.L. Richards) has remained on absolute fire in recent games. She now is batting .500 over Northwestern's last 13 contests to raise her average to a team-best .389 on the year. The South Sider also leads the team in home runs (7) and slugging (.674).

    Indiana enters this weekend with a 13-30-1 overall record after splitting a doubleheader at Ball State Wednesday. Despite their record, the Hoosiers have taken at least one game in all of their B1G series this year with the exception of against No. 3 Michigan.

    Tickets for 2014 Northwestern softball are ON SALE NOW and can be purchased online at NUsports.com or by calling 888-GO-PURPLE (467-8775). Tickets are $7 for adults, $4 for youth and seniors, and $3 for groups of 15 or more. For softball ticketing questions or for group sales, contact Joe Thuente at 847-467-6862 or j-thuente@northwestern.edu.

    Northwestern is the host of the 2014 Big Ten Tournament May 8-10 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. All-session and group tickets for this premier, 12-team softball event ARE ON SALE NOW. The tourney will feature not only some of the nation's best softball, but also the first-ever night game in the history of Sharon J. Drysdale Field. Again, contact Joe Thuente at 847-467-6862 or j-thuente@northwestern.edu for more information.

    For the complete Northwestern game notes package for this weekend's Indiana series, download the .pdf at the top of this page.

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