March 17, 2006
HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Junior Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise) struck out 13 batters and threw a three-hit shutout to cruise No. 17 Northwestern to a 1-0 win over Kansas in the Wildcats' first game of the Bank of Hawaii Hawaii Invitational Tournament.
Canney (4-2) struck out the side in the second and seventh innings to notch several career milestones. The win was the 42nd of her career, tying her with Cathy Tawse (1983-86) for fifth on the Wildcats' all-time list. The shutout was the 16th of her career, moving her into eighth-place on Northwestern's career list, while the complete game was her 40th, tying her for eighth all-time at NU with Karen Dodd (1988-91).
With the win, the Wildcats improve to 11-6 on the season, 1-0 in Hawaii. Kansas falls to 13-13.
Both teams had trouble getting going early offensively before Northwestern began hitting Kansas starter Kassie Humphries hard in the fourth inning, but the Jawhawks used some fantastic fielding and fortuitous bounces to hold the Wildcats without a hit.
Freshman Tammy Williams (El Dorado Springs, Mo./Osceola) led off the inning with a hot shot to first, but a big hop and an olè stab by the first baseman resulted in a groundout. Junior Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) then drew a walk, but was erased when junior Garland Cooper's (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) sure single up the middle instead kicked off the glove of a diving second baseman to the shortstop covering at the bag to begin an inning-ending double play.
In the top of the fifth, the Wildcats did indeed notch their first hit by bypassing the Jawhawk fielders. Senior Kristen Amegin (West Sacramento, Calif./Elk Grove) led off the frame with a shot off the outfield fence resulting in a single. She was replaced on the basepaths by freshman Ann Schraufnagel (Oak Park, Ill./Oak Park River Forest).
Senior Jamie Dotson
(Santa Ana, Calif./Foothill) then reached on a fielder's choice, erasing Schraufnagel at second. Dotson quickly moved to second when senior Sheila McCorkle
(Costa Mesa, Calif./Mater Dei) drew a walk. Freshman Gina Gonzalez
(LaVerne, Calif./Bonita) came in to run for Dotson on second.
Everybody moved up a base when senior Ashley Crane (Sammamish, Wash./Eastlake) followed McCorkle's walk with single into left field, loading the bags with one out. After a strikeout, sophomore Darcy Sengewald (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln Way East) worked a walk to push Gonzalez across the plate and give Northwestern a 1-0 lead.
Williams then stepped to the plate and hit a ball into the hole between first and second, but despite Sengewald leaping to get out of the way, it nailed her on the leg. Williams is credited with a single, but the hit runner resulted in the third out of the inning.
Williams now has a team-best seven-game hitting streak.
Crane finished the game 2-for-3 with a double. Sengewald had Northwestern's lone RBI.