Eileen Canney (BS07) Named to Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame

Eileen Canney (BS07) Named to Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame

Eileen Canney

SESP alumna Eileen (Canney) Linnehan (BS07) was named to the Northwestern University Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2013 for her accomplishments in softball. The elite athletes to receive Northwestern's highest athletic honor this year will be formally inducted during Hall of Fame weekend, February 7-8.

Canney was Northwestern's most dominant pitcher since Lisa Ishikawa led the Wildcats to four-straight Big Ten titles in the mid-1980s. A two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year, two-time NFCA All-American and four-time All-Big Ten selection, Canney began her career as the 2004 Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and at the time of her induction remained the NCAA single-game strikeout record holder with 28 in a complete-game, 18-inning win at Minnesota in 2006.

In an era of collegiate softball when the circle was dominated by names like Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott, it was Canney who bested both to lead the Wildcats to back-to-back Women's College World Series semifinals in 2006 and 2007 -- something no private institution had ever accomplished before. Canney recorded four wins in her two appearances at the WCWS and was named to the All-Tournament team in 2006.

As a senior in 2007, Canney racked up a 33-11 record to give her a 97-35 career record; both win totals tied Northwestern's single-season and career records set by Ishikawa, who is one of the greatest pitchers in NCAA history. Canney fanned 386 batters as a senior to become the first Wildcat to ever whiff more than 300 in consecutive seasons. She finished her career with 1,142 strikeouts, second all-time at NU.

In 2006, Canney pitched Northwestern to the national championship series, where the Wildcats eventually finished as national runners-up. She also led the Wildcats to the Big Ten title with a 10-1 record, 0.50 ERA and 134 strikeouts in 83.1 innings pitched in conference play.

Canney finished her career with a 1.63 ERA, 39 shutouts, eight saves and a .177 opponent's batting average. She tossed three career no-hitters including one of four perfect games in school history. Following graduation, Canney went on to play professionally in National Professional Fastpitch, where she was named the 2009 NPF Pitcher of the Year. Canney also was a member of the USA National Team in 2010 and 2011.

The Athletic Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1984 to honor former athletes, coaches and administrators who have helped to establish a proud tradition in intercollegiate competition at Northwestern. Individuals are eligible for Hall of Fame recognition beginning five years after their final competition at Northwestern. For more information, visit the NUsports.com Hall of Fame website.

By Northwestern Athletics, Adapted by SESP
Last Modified: 1/22/14