No. 8/9 Stanford Upsets No. 6 Oregon State, 3-2

April 7, 2006

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Stanford, Calif. - No. 8/9 Stanford Softball (28-6, 2-2) upset No. 6 Oregon State (29-4, 2-2), 3-2, today in the first of three conference games this weekend. The Cardinal put up two runs in the bottom of the third inning, but the Beavers tied the game in the top of the fourth. Sophomore infielder Erin Howe knocked home senior outfielder Shoney Hixson in the bottom of the seventh inning to give Stanford the win. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna struck out three batters in seven innings for her 17th win of the season.

After two scoreless innings, Howe reached with a single to right field in the bottom of the third. Sophomore outfielder Anna Beardman then knocked a triple to right field, scoring Howe for the Cardinal lead. Senior outfielder Catalina Morris lined out to first, but Beardman scored from third base on a wild throw by the first baseman. At the end of the third inning, Stanford led, 2-0.

Beaver pitcher Brianne McGowan got on base in the top of the fourth inning on a fielder's choice and designated player Stefanie Ewing was later hit by a pitch. Catcher Lisa Allen stepped up and hit a hard double to left field, scoring McGowan and Ewing to tie the game at 2-2.

The game remained tied through the next two innings. In the bottom of the seventh, freshman shortstop Maddy Coon slammed a double to right field. Hixson came in to pinch run for Coon at second base. With one out, Penna hit a single to left field, loading the bases. Howe followed with a single to right field, scoring Hixson and ending the game for a 3-2 Cardinal victory.

In seven innings, Penna struck out three batters, walked two and allowed six hits in the circle. Penna improves to 17-2 on the season.

Howe was 2-3 at the plate with one run and one RBI. Beardman was also 1-2 with one run and one RBI.

Stanford will now host two games versus Oregon on Saturday and Sunday, both beginning at 1:00 pm.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Oregon State........ 000 200 0 -  2  6  1Stanford............ 002 000 1 -  3  6  0-----------------------------------------
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