June 3, 2007
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OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. --- Second-seeded Northwestern hit three home runs and the No. 7 Baylor softball team could not get the key hit as the Wildcats defeated the Lady Bears, 7-0, in an elimination game at the NCAA Women's College World Series on Saturday night. With the loss, Baylor finishes its season with a 51-16 record while Northwestern advances while improving to 52-12 on the year.
Northwestern jumped on the Lady Bears early, posting two runs in the first and four more in the second to take control and grab a 6-0 lead.
Erin Dyer put the Wildcats up with a two-run single in the first while Tammy Williams hit an opposite field, three-run home run in the second as Garland Cooper followed with a home run of her own to give Northwestern a six-run cushion.
A solo shot in the fourth by Nicole Pauly made it 7-0 Northwestern as the Lady Bears were unable to mount a rally the rest of the way.
Baylor was able to get runners on base throughout, recording seven hits and drawing three walks; however, the Lady Bears could not get the key hit as Eileen Canney picked up the complete game shutout after allowing five hits while striking out nine in seven innings of work.
Kirsten Shortridge took the loss for Baylor after allowing four runs on two hits in two innings of work to fall to 17-6 on the season.
The loss ends the most successful season in Baylor softball history, as the Lady Bears finish with a 51-16 record, tying the 2005 squad for the most wins in school history, as the team captured its first Big 12 Conference Championship and earned its first berth into the Women's College World Series after winning a pair of regional titles.
The loss ends the careers of four Baylor seniors who all made their mark on the Baylor program. Senior first baseman Ashley Monceaux concludes the greatest season ever by a Baylor position player as the left-handed slugger set new, single-season school marks with a .413 batting average, 20 home runs and 71 RBI.
With her RBI in the win over Texas A&M earlier in the day, Monceaux became only the fourth player in school history to reach 100 RBI in her career.
Catcher Chelsi Lake ends her career as one of the greatest hitters in program history as she leaves Baylor as the career leader in a number of categories, including home runs (44) and RBI (184).
Senior pitcher Lisa Ferguson sees her career come to a close as she finishes with a school record 82 career wins and a pair of All-Big 12 Conference selections.
Miriam Romero is the final Baylor senior to close out her career as the senior center fielder finishes among the top ten in stolen bases and attempts as well as earning All-Big 12 Conference honors this year.