Cardinal Closes Stanford Classic With 4-3 Win Over Pacific
March 12, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 5 Stanford Softball wrapped up the 2006 Stanford Classic with a 4-3 win over Pacific. The Cardinal won all five games this weekend to improve to 22-4 on the season. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna pitched her 13th win of the season, while sophomore Becky McCullough recorded her first save after striking out two Tiger batters in the final two innings.
After three scoreless innings, sophomore infielder Michelle Smith was walked on base in the bottom of the fourth. Senior outfielder Shoney Hixson came in to pinch run for Smith and junior Jackie Rinehart advanced her with a bunt to get on base. Penna reached on a fielder's choice, moving Hixson to third. With two outs, sophomore infielder Tricia Aggabao knocked a ball over the third baseman's head to get on base and score Hixson for Stanford's first run of the game. Sophomore outfielder Anna Beardman was walked to load the bases, and senior Catalina Morris knocked home Penna and Beardman with a hard single up the middle. Morris then stole second and Beardman came home on a bad throw by the catcher. Stanford ended the fourth inning with a four run lead.
The Tigers' Lauren Weyman got on base with a single to left field in the top of the fifth inning. Weyman scored from first base on a double by Crystal Presson down the left line. Pacific scored two more runs in the top of the sixth inning off of a home run by Crystal Allen. Sophomore Becky McCullough entered the circle midway through the sixth inning and with two outs struck out a Tiger batter to end the inning.
Stanford held the Tigers scoreless in the top of the seventh inning to seal the win at 4-3.
In just over five innings, Penna struck out two batters and walked only one to improve to 13-2 on the season. McCullough also struck out two batters in just over one inning, picking up her first save of the season. Morris was 1-3 at the plate with two RBIs, while Aggabao was 2-3 with one run and one RBI.
In five games over the weekend, Morris batted .611 with ten RBIs and seven runs. Lappin hit .529 with seven RBIs and eight runs, while Smith tallied 11 RBIs and three runs with a .500 average. Penna was 3-0 on the weekend with a 1.71 ERA, while McCullough and senior Laura Severson were both 1-0 with 0.00 ERAs.
After taking next weekend off for finals, the Cardinal will return to action on March 24-26 as it hosts the Stanford Invitational II.
Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Pacific............. 000 012 0 - 3 7 1Stanford............ 000 400 X - 4 5 0-----------------------------------------