Softball Opens Weekend With Win Over Texas Tech, 8-0
Feb. 24, 2006
Palm Springs, Calif. - Stanford opened the 2006 Palm Springs Classic with a win over Texas Tech, 8-0. Freshman shortstop Maddy Coon slammed her fourth home run of the season over the center field fence. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna improved to 6-1 from the circle after striking out nine batters.
The Cardinal jumped ahead in the first inning with three runs. Coon knocked a double over the first baseman's head to score senior outfielder Catalina Morris, who got on base with a double to right field. Junior Jackie Rinehart flied out to right field and senior Lauren Lappin, who was walked on base, scored on the throw. Sophomore Erin Howe then singled to right field to score Coon. Penna ended the bottom of the first quickly as she struck out three batters in a row.
Rinehart scored again for Stanford in the third inning, reaching third base on a single by junior Lindsay Key and coming home on an error by the center fielder. In the fourth inning, Lappin got on base by an error and was hit home as Maddy Coon slammed her fourth home run of the season over the centerfield fence. Stanford led, 6-0, at the end of the fourth.
The Cardinal scored two more runs in the sixth inning. Coon got on base with a single to left field and sophomore Michelle Smith followed with a single up the middle. Penna then singled to shortstop to score Coon. Smith scored as Howe grounded out to second base and Stanford ended the game ahead, 8-0.
In her seventh appearance in the circle this season, Penna struck out nine batters in five innings. Penna allowed four hits and walked only one batter. Sophomore Becky McCullough pitched the final inning for the Cardinal, allowing no hits and striking out two batters.
Coon was 4-4 from the plate with three runs and two RBI, and Rinehart was 3-4 with one RBI. Howe also collected two RBI against the Red Raiders.
Stanford returns to the field tomorrow against Maryland at 3:30 pm and No. 4 Texas at 6:00 pm.
Score by Innings R H E---------------------------------------Stanford............ 301 202 - 8 15 1Texas Tech.......... 000 000 - 0 4 2---------------------------------------
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