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    Northwestern Begins 2012 NCAA Austin Regional Friday at No. 6 Texas

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    Kate Drohan's eighth NCAA Regional also was the site of her very first as a head coach.

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    Kate Drohan's eighth NCAA Regional also was the site of her very first as a head coach.
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    May 16, 2012

    2012 Austin Regional Tournament Central

    Northwestern's Austin Regional Game Notes Package (PDF Format) Get Acrobat Reader

    WATCH: The 'Cats Prepare for NCAA Regionals

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern begins the 2012 NCAA Tournament under 11th-year head coach Kate Drohan May 18-20 at the Austin Regional -- the same location Drohan led the Wildcats in their first NCAA berth under her direction in 2003.

    In the time that has passed between postseason trips to Austin, NU has qualified for eight NCAA fields, won four Regionals and advanced to the semifinals of two Women's College World Series. The 'Cats begin their next quest for Oklahoma City at 4 p.m. CT Friday, May 18, in their opener against the host and No. 6 overall seed Longhorns.

    Auburn and Houston complete the four-team, double-elimination Regional field, starting the action at 1 p.m. CT Friday prior to NU's game. Houston won the Austin Regional a year ago with a 3-0 record, marking the second-straight year Texas has hosted a Regional but failed to advance out of it.

    Northwestern earned its way into the 2012 field courtesy of the nation's No. 1 ranked nonconference strength of schedule and an 8-1 record in its final nine games, sweeping a Big Ten road series at Michigan State and its home regular season finale against then-top 50 RPI team Illinois.

    The Wildcats have been buoyed all year by a prolific lineup featuring 40-run scorers in Emily Allard, Mari Majam and Marisa Bast along with RBI producers Bast and Adrienne Monka, who have combined to drive in 115 runs on the year. With just one regular senior starter on the field (Monka), NU's youth has stepped up in a big way. Olivia Duehr, Amy Letourneau and Anna Edwards all were B1G Freshman of the Week at some point this season.

    Northwestern's pitching and defense have matured as the season has worn on, with junior Meghan Lamberth emerging as a leader in the circle and NU's defense committing just one error during NU's six-game season-ending winning streak.

    For Northwestern's complete NCAA Austin Regional game notes package, download the .pdf at the top of this page.

    THE SCHEDULE

    Friday, May 18 -- Session I
    Game 1: Auburn vs Houston, 1 p.m.
    Game 2: Northwestern vs Texas, 4 p.m. (Free Texassports.com audio)

    Saturday, May 19 -- Session II
    Game 3: Winner Game 1 vs Winner Game 2, Noon
    Game 4: Loser Game 1 vs Loser Game 2, 3 p.m.
    Game 5: Winner Game 4 vs Loser Game 3, 6 p.m.

    Sunday, May 20 -- Session III
    Game 6: Winner Game 3 vs Winner Game 5, NoonGame 7: If Necessary, 35 minutes after Game 6

    THE BROADCASTS

    Northwestern's Friday game against Texas and all Austin Regional games involving Texas will be broadcast on the Longhorn Network with free live audio on TexasSports.com. All games without Texas will have a free video/audio stream on TexasSports.com. Check with your provider for Longhorn Network availability; only Verizon FiOS and several small companies in Texas carry the channel. For links to the free online audio and video, link to the 2012 Austin Regional tournament central website. And, as always, the action can be followed via the weeble wobbles of Gametracker or through the live twitter musings of @NU_SportsLIVE.

    TICKETS

    All-Session tickets include admission to all three days of the NCAA Regional (up to seven games) and may be purchased online at TexasBoxOffice.com, by phone at 800-982-BEVO or in person at the UT Athletics Ticket Office in Bellmont Hall.

    Reserved: $32
    General admission: $24

    Customers may have their tickets emailed to them by selecting the print-at-home option or can have them held in Will Call. Customers who select Will Call may pick up their tickets at the Bellmont Hall ticket office starting Wednesday, May 16 at 9 a.m., or you may pick up your tickets at the McCombs Field box office beginning one hour prior to Game 1 of the tournament.

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