Wildcats Earn First Berth in Women's College World Series, 3-0
May 26, 2007
Northwestern 3, South Carolina 0 - Senior Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif./Paradise) sparkled in the circle, Northwestern's offense uncorked three solo home runs and in a light rain in front of nearly 1,000 fans at Sharon J. Drysdale Field, the second-seeded Wildcats eliminated South Carolina, 3-0, to sweep the NCAA Evanston Super Regional and advance to NU's second-consecutive Women's College World Series.
Canney was electric in her final start at Drysdale Field, allowing only two hits and no walks while striking out 10 for the 37th shutout of her career. She improves to 31-9 on the season with the victory, 95-33 for her career. Canney is two wins shy of matching three-time All-American Lisa Ishikawa's school record 97 wins. Full Story
Michigan 3, Baylor 0
The No. 10 University of Michigan softball team's postseason run came to an end Saturday (May 26) with a 4-0 loss to No. 8 Baylor in the third and deciding game of the NCAA Super Regional at the Bears' Getterman Stadium. The Wolverines (47-13) forced the rubber match with a 3-0 victory in Game 2 of the series earlier in the afternoon.
Freshman pitcher Nikki Nemitz (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Regina HS) started both contests and was masterful in the first, striking out five while allowing just two hits en route to the sixth complete-game shutout of her career. But the decisive nightcap proved a reversal of fortune for the U-M rookie, who gave up three quick runs on four hits -- two of which were home runs -- through one-plus innings pitched. Full Story