Northwestern pitcher Courtnay Foster has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week for the week of April 21-27.

Foster, a freshman from Tucson, Ariz., pitched three complete game shutouts last week, and has not allowed an earned run in her last 31 2/3 innings pitched. She has only allowed 10 hits over that span.

Foster struck out the first 10 batters she faced and 18 overall in a 1-0 win over Loyola. She allowed only an infield slap in the sixth inning against the Ramblers. It was the most strikeouts by a Northwestern pitcher since 1987.

She followed up with a two-hit, 12 strikeout performance against 24th-ranked Iowa and struck out 11 while giving up just thee hits in a 2-0 win over the Hawkeyes to give the Wildcats their first sweep of Iowa since 1986.

On the season, Foster leads Northwestern with 14 victories and a 1.44 ERA. The Wildcats are 30-15 on the season and are receiving votes in the USA Today/NFCA Top 25 poll.

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