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Spring Sports: Weekend Outlook

Let’s dive right in on what to watch this weekend in Wildcatland. (Note: the women’s tennis and men’s golf teams are off until next weekend, when they begin NCAA postseason play. The men’s tennis season is over.)

Women’s golf: After Thursday’s first round at the NCAA Central Regional at Notre Dame, NU sits in fifth place. The Wildcats’ five golfers combined for a 14-over 302, led by Devon Brown’s 1-over 73. NU has completed this morning’s second round, shooting an 18-over 306, led by Rebecca Lederhausen’s 1-over 73. No updated standings yet, as several teams are still completing their second rounds this afternoon. The teams will have a final round on Saturday. NU needs to finish in the top-8 in order to advance to the NCAA championships, which start May 18. So far, so good for our Wildcats.

Lacrosse: NU, which had a bye in the first round of the American Lacrosse Conference tournament, takes on Penn State tonight in the second round. Game time is at 5:30 p.m. Winner will take on either Florida (which beat the Wildcats earlier this season) or Ohio State in the championship game on Saturday at 1 p.m. All games in the tournament are being streamed online for free by host Vanderbilt.

Softball: The Wildcats (22-17, 4-10) face a pair of must-win games against Indiana at home to keep their NCAA tournament hopes alive. The Hoosiers (34-15, 14-2) will be a tough matchup, as they sit just outside the USA Today/NFCA coaches poll, in that "also receiving votes" section. Game time Saturday is 1 p.m., while Sunday’s game starts at 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on the BigTen Network.

Baseball: The baseball team (14-25, 6-9) also plays Indiana (25-19, 6-9), but on the road, in a three-game series that both teams need to win, in order to bolster their chances of making the BigTen tournament. The Wildcats and Hoosiers are tied for seventh place, just one game out of the sixth, where they need to be in order to qualify for the tournament. The teams are underway in today’s game 1 as you read this; tomorrow’s first pitch is at 11:05 a.m., and Sunday’s is at 12:05 p.m. 

Now, back to your regularly scheduled seat belt programming.