The Northwestern Wildcats are heading to Oklahoma for the finals in the Women's College World Series. They are one of eight teams still standing.
The No. 9 Wildcats defeated No. 8 Arizona State in the best or three series last weekend. NU won the first game in 11 innings, but lost the second game in eight. They had a big comeback win, after being down 5-0, to win the series on Sunday.
Catcher Jordyn Rudd had a fantastic series. Rudd went 9-14 (.642) with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. In the previous weekend's Evanston Regional, Rudd went 5-9 with a double and a homer and 7 RBIs. That continues a hot season for Rudd, who hit .375.
A senior at Northwestern, Rudd has had a wonderful career. Even more important, she is a leader on and off the field and a quality person. She was even kind enough to do a promo for this site at Jordyn Rudd Shout Out.
NU returns to action today against No. 1 ranked Oklahoma. Along with Oklahoma and NU, Texas and UCLA make up this side of the bracket. It will be a challenge for the Wildcats. If they lose to Oklahoma in the first game, they will still be alive because it is a double-elimination bracket, but they would have to beat the final team twice, which would probably be Oklahoma. I'll state the obvious and write NU needs to beat Oklahoma in the game today.
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Jordyn Rudd and me in Evanston, IL-May 2022.