Northwestern's Cinderella Spring Comes to an End in WCWS Loss
June 6, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY -- No. 4 seed Northwestern captured the imagination of a softball nation with a resilient, energetic and very purple run to the championship series of the 2006 Women's College World Series. Tuesday night at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, that run came to an end with a 5-0 loss to Arizona in the best two-of-three finalé of the WCWS.
Seniors Kristen Amegin (West Sacramento, Calif./Elk Grove), Ashley Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake), Jamie Dotson (Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill), Courtnay Foster (Tucson, Ariz./Sahuaro) and Sheila McCorkle (Costa Mesa, Calif./Mater Dei) conclude their careers as the winningest class in Northwestern softball history. The quintet won 162 games as Wildcats, and put together the program's first-ever 50-win season.
In each of the quintet's four years at NU, they bettered their finish in the Big Ten and the NCAA Tournament, culminating in the 2006 Big Ten title and a run to the final pairing in Oklahoma City.
The game marked the 1,500th in Northwestern program history, dating back to its beginnings in 1976 when the official schedule included just seven games. The Wildcats conclude the 2006 season with a program record of 836-660-4, a .557 winning percentage. In her first five years at the helm of NU, Kate Drohan has a mark of 186-90-1, good for a .674 winning percentage which places her 24th among active Division I head coaches (minimum of five years).