June 3, 2006
Game 6: Northwestern 2, Tennessee 0
- Northwestern advances to play a yet-to-be-determined opponent in Game 12 on Sunday at 2 p.m. CDT. Tennessee will play Saturday at 6 p.m. in Game 9 against the winner of the elimination game between Oregon State and Arizona State.
- The Vols were the top offensive team in the country heading into tonight's game, but were held scoreless for only the third time this season. UT suffered a 2-0 loss to Florida (April 8) and a 4-0 loss to LSU (May 7) earlier this year. Additionally, Tennessee recorded just one hit this evening after registering at least four hits in every other game this season. The Vols' two four-hit performances were came in a 4-0 loss against LSU (May 7) and a 1-0 win against Florida State (Feb. 24).
- Northwestern improved its all-time WCWS record to 5-6. The Wildcats posted back-to-back wins for the first time ever in their WCWS history.
- Northwestern pitcher Eileen Canney pitched her eighth one-hitter of the season and 17th shutout. The junior currently ranks third on the Northwestern single-season chart for shutouts. The record is 22 set by Lisa Ishikawa in 1984.
- UT junior hurler Monica Abbott recorded her 500th strikeout of the season against Tammy Williams in the top of the fourth. It marked the third consecutive season the junior has accomplished the feat. She recorded 582 K's her freshman season, followed by 603 during her sophomore campaign. Abbott's current mark is 509 strikeouts.
- With 15 strikeouts in tonight's contest, UT's Abbott only needs six more strikeouts to become the fourth pitcher in NCAA history to top the 1,700 K mark. Members of the club include Cat Osterman (Texas), Alicia Hollowell (Arizona) and Courtney Blades (Southern Miss). It also marked Abbott's 23rd double-digit strikeout game of the season.
- Northwestern evened the all-time series between the schools at 3-3 and avenged a 3-0 loss to the Vols on March 4 at the CSF Worth Invitational in Fullerton, Calif.
- Darcy Sengewald's solo home run in the top of the seventh to left center field gave Northwestern a 2-0 lead. It marked her third homer of the season and the fifth of the sophomore's career. It was the sixth home run Abbott has given up in the NCAA Tournament this year.
- UT freshman Jennifer Griffin was 0-for-6 in the NCAA tournament this year and collected her first hit in the postseason with a double to right center field. The two-bagger also broke up Canney's no-hitter in the bottom of the third.
- Northwestern's Kristen Amegin hit an RBI single through the middle of the infield that plated Katie Logan and gave the Wildcats their first run of the game It marked Amegin's 41st RBI of the season, second most on the team. In WCWS action this season, she is 2-for-6 with two RBI.