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Monday, November 24, 2014

Tammy Williams Inducted into Northwestern Athletics Hall of Fame

Northwestern Wildcats softball legend & Chicago Bandits all-pro shortstop Tammy Williams will be inducted into the school's hall of fame, the school announced last week.

Part of a seven-member Class of 2014, Williams is one of two female athletes being inducted this year.

Williams, a four-time All American during her time as a Wildcat, was chosen for induction in her first year of eligibility on the ballot. She is the sixth Cats softballer to take her place in the school's Cooperstown.
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A two-time conference Player of the Year in addition to her all-America honors, Williams played in every Wildcats game during her time in purple and white. She was named conference Freshman of the Year in 2006 and was a three-time finalist for National Player of the Year.

"TWill", as she is affectionately known to fans, led the Cat to the Women's College World Series twice, earning all-tournament honors both times. Even to the present day, the red-headed shortstop holds the school career records for batting average, home runs, runs, and hits.

Originally JuCo-bound, Williams took advantage of a right-time, right-place scenario to catch the attention of head coach Kate Drohan and join the Cats. She has made the most of the opportunity with a professional career that still continues.

A two-time NPF Defensive Player of the Year, Williams also gathered serious MVP consideration this season as she led the Bandits. She set career-high marks in 2014 in both home runs (9) and RBI (31).

Williams also won two tournament gold medals as a member of Team USA in 2010. In addition to spending her summers with the Bandits, Williams currently serves as an assistant coach on Eugene Lenti's staff at DePaul.

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