Right now, collegiate softball players should be looking back at a fun season, with seniors feeling bittersweet about the season and their college careers ending. Instead, their season was halted at the midpoint leaving everyone disappointed and missing softball. One of those seniors is Northwestern pitcher-utility player Morgan Newport.
I have had the pleasure of watching Morgan up close for her entire career with the Wildcats. An excellent two-way layer, Morgan has been a star on the mound and at the plate.
Over her four seasons, she was 21-15 with an ERA of 3.37. Offensively, in 158 games, she hit .272 with 7 HRs, 55 RBIs and 45 runs scored. She was off to a great start in 2020, with 2 HRs and 14 RBIs in just 22 games.
A Biological Sciences major, Morgan will do awesome things in life. She will go on to a successful career. Morgan is a smart and personable young lady. She has a fantastic attitude on and off the field.
Morgan was great with the fans and always willing to talk a little softball with me as I covered the team. I really appreciate Morgan for her kindness and consideration over the last four seasons. I am sad that I won't get the chance to thank her in person. Maybe I'll get to see her again if she comes back to any NU games. Good luck to Morgan as she makes her way in the world.
In the grand scheme, missing some softball isn't a huge deal, but right now, it the unexpected loss of softball stings. I'm sure it hurts the players more than the fans, but we all are missing the fun at the ball park.
I hope things are settled enough for Fall Ball in September. Check NUSports.com for updates and news on the Wildcats.
Morgan Newport and me in Evanston, IL-May 2019.