Wildcats eliminate Bears with back-to-back homers

Updated: June 3, 2007, 12:32 AM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tammy Williams and Garland Cooper hit back-to-back homers and Eileen Canney hurled a five-hitter as Northwestern beat Baylor 7-0 on Saturday night in an elimination game in the Women's College World Series.

Northwestern (52-12) advanced to play Tennessee on Sunday, with Northwestern needing to beat the Volunteers twice to advance to the tournament's championship round.

In the other half of the bracket, top-seeded Arizona (46-13-1) beat DePaul 3-0 in an elimination game and will face Washington, which is unbeaten in the tournament.

Erin Dyer's two-run single in the first inning gave Northwestern a 2-0 lead over Baylor (51-16). Williams' second homer of the series was a three-run shot, and Cooper followed as the Wildcats built their lead to 6-0.

Canney went the distance to get her 33rd win of the season, tying the school record held by Lisa Ishikawa, who played from 1984 to 1987. The win also was the 97th of Canney's career, tying another of Ishikawa's school records.

The shutout was the 10th of the season for Canney, who struck out nine and walked three.

Kirsten Shortridge (17-6) started the game for the Bears but lasted only two innings, allowing four runs on two hits.

The game drew a crowd of 8,222, breaking the tournament record of 8,049, set in the 2000 championship game when nearby Oklahoma beat UCLA.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press