Feb. 10, 2007
TEMPE, Ariz. -- No. 4 Northwestern book-ended its first two home runs of the season Saturday against No. 8 Stanford, going deep in the first and seventh innings for a 3-1 victory over the Cardinal at the Kajikawa Classic.
The win improves the Wildcats to 2-1 on the season, while Stanford fell to 2-1 with the loss. The victory gives NU a 4-1 record against the Pac-10 power Cardinal under head coach Kate Drohan.
The Wildcats pounced on Cardinal starter Missy Penna (1-1) right away. With one out, sophomore Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) singled back up the middle, then scored when senior Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) unleashed a soaring home run deep over the center-field fence for a 2-0 NU lead.
The blast was Cooper's first of the year and the 33rd of her career, tying her with Illinois' Jenna Hall (2003-06) for eighth all-time in Big Ten history. Cooper is one four-bagger shy of Kristen Amegin's (2003-06) Northwestern career record of 34. Of her 33 homers, seven have come against top-10 ranked opponents.
The hit also was the 200th of Cooper's career.
With Northwestern starter Lauren Delaney (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) holding Stanford at bay, both teams dueled scoreless into the sixth inning when the Wildcats put together the games next serious threat.
With two outs in the inning, Williams smacked a double to left before Stanford elected to intentionally walk Cooper. The intentional pass was the 21st of Cooper's career; she ranks sixth in NCAA Division I history in the category. Penna was able to get out of trouble, however, with a strikeout to end the inning.
Stanford got itself on the board in the bottom half of the sixth thanks to a leadoff home run, cutting the Northwestern lead to one, 2-1. Delaney then coaxed a pop out for the first out before hitting the next batter. Drohan then brought in senior Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise) to relieve Delaney.
The book closed on Delaney after 5.1 innings pitched. She allowed one run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
With the Wildcats' lead shrunk in half, freshman Nicole Pauly (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) wasted little time doubling it up again with a leadoff home run to begin the seventh. The blast was the first of her collegiate career.
Canney then retired the Cardinal side in order to finish off the victory for NU. Delaney improved to 2-0 on the year with the win, while Canney's first save came in 1.2 perfect innings of work with one strikeout.
Williams finished 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored for the 'Cats.