Oct. 11, 2012
Northwestern's 2013 Schedule
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Coming off a season in which Northwestern advanced to the NCAA Austin Regional championship round and faced the nation's No. 1 ranked nonconference strength of schedule, the Wildcats again will take on the country's best in a strong 2013 slate.
NU begins a schedule featuring 19 games against 2012 NCAA Tournament teams and nine contests with 2012 Super Regional foes with its eighth-straight trip to the Kajikawa Classic hosted by Arizona State. There, the Wildcats will face 2012 national runner-up Oklahoma and perennial power Arizona, with which NU has developed a strong rivalry over the past decade.
After a trip to the Georgia Softball Classic, Northwestern will make its ninth appearance at the Cathedral City Classic, annually the nation's biggest and best softball tournament. Last season alone, 14 of the country's top-25 at the time were included in the field.
Familiar Pac-12 foes Stanford and 2012 WCWS participant California highlight NU's opponents in an eighth appearance at Cal State Fullerton's annual Worth Invitational to open March before a return trip to the Under Armour Showcase hosted by WCWS participant South Florida in Clearwater, Fla.
Northwestern then begins the Big Ten season with road trips over spring break in Nebraska and Wisconsin before opening a 16-game home schedule March 29, 2013. The Wildcats will charge for admission to Sharon J. Drysdale Field this season, with prices at $7 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, and $3 for groups of 15 or more. NU students with a valid WildCARD will receive free entry.
In addition to Big Ten visits from Illinois, Iowa, Purdue and Minnesota, regional rivals and fellow 2012 NCAA Tournament teams Notre Dame and DePaul also visit Drysdale Field. The Wildcats conclude the season in Ann Arbor against perennial conference title challenger Michigan.
The 2013 Big Ten schedule features seven three-game weekend series that will be played over single games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is one midweek doubleheader, to be played March 27 at Wisconsin, and NU will not face Indiana, Michigan State and Ohio State.
The 2013 season also brings the return of the Big Ten Tournament, which was briefly retired following the 2008 edition, which Northwestern won at Sharon J. Drysdale Field. This year's tourney is scheduled for May 9-11 in Lincoln, Neb.
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