No. 4 Northwestern Advances in WCWS with Extra-Inning Victory

Erin Dyer sent the game into extra innings with a home run in the seventh.

Erin Dyer sent the game into extra innings with a home run in the seventh.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. -- Trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the seventh, No. 4 Northwestern was down to its final strike in the program's first Women's College World Series game in the last 20 years. The Alabama faithful were stomping up a storm behind the visitor's dugout, but Northwestern freshman Erin Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) jacked a game-tying home run to dead center field to tie the score and send the purple section into pandemonium.

Senior Courtnay Foster (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro), in the circle in relief since the sixth inning, had recorded every single out from there until there was one out in the ninth by strikeout, accounting for nine of them. She held the Crimson Tide scoreless in the extra innings through 10, racking up a ridiculous 13 K's in just 4.2 innings pitched. Stretch that ratio out over a regulation seven inning game and Foster was on pace to fan 19 batters.

Foster whiffed her third batter of the game to lead off the seventh. The strikeout was the 1,000th of Foster's career, joining her with three-time All-American and former NCAA career strikeout record holder Lisa Ishikawa (1984-87) as the only two Wildcats to ever reach that mark.

With the score still knotted 5-5, sophomore Darcy Sengewald (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) led off the 10th with a walk. Junior Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) sacrificed Sengewald to second then freshman Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) drove her fourth single of the game up the middle to plate Sengewald and give the Wildcats a wild, 6-5, 10-inning victory.

The win advances Northwestern (48-13) into the winners bracket against No. 8 Tennessee at 8 p.m. CT Friday, June 2 on ESPN2. The Volunteers knocked off No. 1 UCLA 4-3. Full Story...