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June 3, 2007
OKLAHOMA CITY -- No. 2 seed Northwestern took the field for its second-consecutive appearance in the Women's College World Series semifinals Sunday afternoon at Hall of Fame Stadium, but ran into arguably the best pitcher in college softball history, bowing out of the 2007 WCWS by a 3-0 score against Tennessee and its ace Monica Abbott.
Northwestern concludes its season with a 52-13 overall record and a third-place finish at the Women's College World Series. The placing is NU's third third-place or better performance at the WCWS in program history.
The Wildcats' 52 wins broke last year's school record of 50 victories.
Northwestern got its first hit of the ballgame in the top of the first, when Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo./Osceola) beat out a beautiful bunt for an infield single. She would move to second on an illegal pitch by Abbott, but did not advance past there.
Tennessee scored the first runs of the game in the bottom of the first, loading the bases on a single, a walk and a bunt single that rolled all the way down the third-base line refusing to go foul.
A bang-bang fielder's choice play then allowed the first run of the game to come home. Tonya Callahan hit a ground ball to Williams at short, who tagged the runner going by her to negate the force at the plate. Williams then fired home, but catcher Erin Dyer (Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport) did not see the quick tag at short, so she did not apply one of her own allowing a run to score.
An error by the Wildcats then allowed another run to come home, staking the Lady Vols to an early 2-0 advantage.
From there, the game became very much a pitcher's duel between Abbott and Northwestern's Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise). Neither Abbott nor Canney allowed a hit after the first inning until NU senior Katie Logan (Tempe, Ariz./Corona del Sol) slapped a single to third with two outs in the sixth. Abbott quickly picked up a strikeout to end the inning.
Canney retired 15 in a row at one point until an error allowed a base runner with two down in the bottom of the sixth. A double then brought that runner around to the plate to make the score 3-0.
Canney took the loss to finish her final season with a school-record 33 wins against 11 losses. Her career record of 97-35 also tied three-time All-American Lisa Ishikawa's career-record of 97 wins. Canney allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Her season total of 386 strikeouts bested her total of 383 last year to rank second in NU single-season history.
Senior Garland Cooper (Mission Viejo, Calif./Santa Margarita Catholic) concludes her career in the top 20 in NCAA Division I history in walks, intentional walks, home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage. She holds nine career offensive records, and this year set the Big Ten single-season mark with 23 home runs and the conference's all-time homer record with 55.
Logan notched a base hit in her final game wearing purple, concluding her career on NU's top-10 all-time lists for hits, runs, batting average and total bases. Her 87 hits this year rank second in NU single-season history behind teammate Williams' 91 in 2007.
Senior Jessica Miller (Elberfeld, Ind./Techumseh) made a putout in her final outing as a Wildcat, rounding out her career as a member of the winningest class in Northwestern history (178 victories).
Northwestern previously had defeated Abbott and the Lady Vols in the WCWS by the same 2-0 score on June 2, 2006. Abbott is the NCAA career wins and strikeouts record holder, and this year broke the NCAA single-season strikeouts record.