The Northwestern Wildcats sit in 1st place in the Big Ten with a perfect 17-0 conference record. They are 38-7 overall. They have 3 games at Michigan State, who is in last place, and 3 at Minnesota, who is in 3rd place.
The Big Ten Conference championship tournament is May 9-11 in Bloomington, IN. The road to the college World Series begins with the NCAA playoff selection show is on Sunday, May 12. I'll be reporting back here as all progresses.
In addition to the exciting softball I have watched all season, I have met some interesting people, including players, coaches and fans of other teams. One such player was Notre Dame's Quinn Biggio.
The Paker boys and I were very familiar with Quinn's father Craig, from our many games at Minute Maid park. Craig, of course, was a Hall of Fame player with the Astros. Matt actually had a short interview with him which is at On the Beat With Craig Biggio. Craig's sons Conor and Cavan played baseball at Notre Dame and Cavan is now in the Toronto Blue Jays organization.
Quinn had a stellar high school career.As a senior, she hit .395 with seven home runs, 39 RBI, a .500 on-base percentage, a .755 slugging percentage and 37 runs in only 33 games.
As a first year player at Notre Dame, Quinn has scuffled a bit at the plate. She has started 43 of the team's 44 games, but is hitting .219. She is 4th on the team in home runs, 6th in rbi's and 8th in runs scored. She has only made 5 errors for a .960 fielding percentage. The scouting report predicts a bright future for Quinn and she already is a fan favorite.
When Notre Dame came to Evanston, I had the chance to briefly talk to Quinn after the game. It was one of the rare times I have met a father-daughter sports combination. Aside from wrestlers, I cannot think of any others I have met.
I'll be following Quinn's career as she matures and adjusts to collegiate softball. She is now on my list for future interviews.
Go to UND.com for more info on Quinn and the Fighting Irish. Also, check NUSports.com for all of the info on the Wildcats!
Quinn Biggio and me in Evanston, IL-April 2019.