Stanford Blanks Pacific, 6-0
Feb. 17, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 12/13 Cardinal softball team handed the Pacific Tigers their first loss of the season today, blanking thesquad 6-0 in the sixth game of the 2007 Stanford Invitational. Missy Penna posted her third shutout in four gamesand freshman Rosey Neill led Stanford with three RBI. The Cardinal improves to 7-2 with the win and will take on Santa Clarain the team's second game of the day.
Pacific threatened to score first, putting a pair on in the fourth inning. Gina Carbonatto reached on an infield hitand Lizzie Hagen was hit by a pitch. After both advanced on a passed ball, the Cardinal faced a no-out jam withrunners at second and third. The Tigers tried a sacrifice fly, but Anna Beardman made a quick throw from right fieldto hold the runners. Penna then whiffed two-straight batters to hold the Tigers scoreless.
The defensive stop gave the Cardinal some momentum. In Stanford's half of the inning, the team responded with two runs totake the lead. Maddy Coon walked to start the inning and advanced to second on an error by the Tiger second baseman, whichalso put Michelle Smith on first. A fielder's choice left Missy Penna at first and pinch runner Michelle Schroederon second, and a walk by Erin Howe loaded the bases. Rosey Neill sent a sacrifice fly to deep center field to easily scoreSchroeder and put the Cardinal up 1-0. Tricia Aggabao followed with the first Stanford hit, a sharp double down the leftline, to score Penna. The double was Aggabao's second of the tournament and drove in her team-leading tenth RBI.
Stanford added another series of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Penna beat out a chopper to the right side ofthe infield to lead off the inning and Howe singled to right center field to put two on for Neill. The freshmancatcher cracked her second hit of the season to deep center field, picking up two RBI on a stand-up double. Neill advanced tothird on a passed ball on an Aggabao walk, and Aggabao quickly stole second to put two runner in scoring position.With one out, Alissa Haber cracked a double off the right field wall to score both runners and give the Cardinala comfortable six-run cushion.
Stanford will take on Santa Clara immediately following the conclusion of the game. Missouri and Pacific will square off tofinish the day. The winners will meet in the championship at noon tomorrow, while the tournament consolation will be playedat 10 a.m.