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    Northwestern Releases Fall Schedule

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Fans can catch sophomore Michelle Batts and the 'Cats in action this fall during their home tournament October 4 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Fans can catch sophomore Michelle Batts and the 'Cats in action this fall during their home tournament October 4 at Sharon J. Drysdale Field.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Sept. 4, 2008

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern has released its 2008 fall schedule, comprised of a pair of tournaments including a home event on Saturday, Oct. 4, at Sharon J. Drysdale Field featuring visits from Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State.

    The Wildcats will open their fall slate at the Illinois Collegiate Softball Championship Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21 at Champion Fields in Normal, Ill. The 12-team tournament features 11 of the 12 NCAA Division I softball programs in the state.

    Day one is pool play, with Northwestern facing Heartland Community College at noon Saturday and Eastern Illinois at 5 p.m. later that day. Sunday, Sept. 21, will feature bracket play to determine the event's champion.

    The Wildcats then return home for their October 4 event in Evanston. Northwestern takes on Illinois-Chicago at 10 a.m. before UIC and Illinois State face off at noon. NU and ISU conclude the schedule with a 2 p.m. meeting.

    Northwestern enters the fall season as the reigning Big Ten regular season and tournament champions -- a title the Wildcats will not relinquish anytime in the foreseeable future after the tournament was discontinued for the 2009 campaign. The 'Cats also are coming off their fourth-consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament Super Regional round.