Feb. 17, 2007
LAS VEGAS -- Senior Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise) threw the third no-hitter of her career and senior Jessica Miller (Elberfeld, Ind./Techumseh) went 4-for-4 with a homer and a double in a 10-1, six-inning demolition of No. 11 California Saturday afternoon at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic.
Canney tossed six innings in the no-no, allowing one unearned run with no walks and six strikeouts. The no-hitter is the 36th in Northwestern history and the first in program annals against a team from the Pac-10.
Canney's previous no-no's came on April 1, 2005, against Illinois and on March 23, 2006, at Cal State Fullerton.
The win improves No. 6 Northwestern to 5-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Desert Classic. California falls to 4-4 on the year, 0-3 in the event.
Senior Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) led off the bottom of the first by beating out an infield single to third, then she stole second base. Sophomore Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) followed with a single into left-center field, scoring Logan for an early 1-0 Northwestern lead.
The Wildcats put some more on the board in the second inning. Miller led off the frame with a single to center, then moved to third on productive groundouts by freshman Emily Haug (Jefferson City, Mo./Helias) and Kelly Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport).
After junior Darcy Sengewald (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) drew a two-out walk and stole second, Logan hit a ball back to Cal starting pitcher Marissa Drewrey (0-2), but Logan's speed forced Drewrey to rush her throw, pulling the first baseman off the bag for an error. Miller scored on the play and Sengewald moved to third to make the score 2-0.
With Williams at the plate, Logan stole second before the sophomore ripped a double into center field to drive in both Sengewald and Logan to extend Northwestern's lead to four, 4-0.
California struck back for a run in the top of the fourth without the benefit of a hit. With one out, Canney hit a batter, who then advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. The runner would score on a fielder's choice when Williams fired a bouncer to short back to the plate, but the ball was knocked out of catcher Erin Dyer's (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) glove to plate the run.
Northwestern immediately countered in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Logan singled up the middle, advancing to second when Williams drew a walk. Both runners moved up a base on a passed ball, then Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) laced a double down the left-field line to drive in both Logan and Williams and push the 'Cats' lead to five, 6-1.
After Cooper's double, California replaced Drewrey in the circle with Brittany LaRosa.
With two outs in the top of the fifth and Canney still holding Cal off the hit portion of the scoreboard, speedy slapper Erika Racklin hit a little blooping liner over the drawn-in left side of the infield, but Kelly Dyer charged in from her left-field position to make a diving catch to end the inning.
In the bottom of the fifth, Miller led off with her third hit of the game, a double into the gap in right-center field. Walks to pinch hitter Julia Sears (Chicago, Ill./Marist) and Sengewald loaded the bases, then a fielder's choice ball off the bat of Logan eliminated Sears at third but plated Miller for a 7-1 lead.
Williams then laced a single up the middle for her third hit of the game, scoring Sengewald from second to give Williams her fourth RBI and Northwestern a seven-run lead, 8-1.
Cooper followed with a rip that was headed toward centerfield and a likely premature ending to the game by run rule, but LaRosa stuck out her glove and caught the rocket to end the inning.
The catch only prolonged the inevitable, however. With freshman Nicole Pauly (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) on first base and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Miller crushed a two-run homer over the left-field fence to end the game early, 10-1, in six innings.
Miller finished a fantastic 4-for-4 with a double, homer, two RBIs and three runs scored. Williams was 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs, while Logan went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI. Cooper drove in a pair.
Northwestern returns to action immediately today, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. CT against Desert Classic host UNLV.