No. 8/11 Cardinal Edges Purdue, 1-0
Feb. 24, 2007
Miami, Fla. - A run in the fifth inning lifted the No. 8/11 Stanford softball team to a 1-0 win over the Purdue Boilermakers thismorning, on the third day of the FIU/Adidas Invitational in Miami, Fla. The Cardinal out-hit the Boilermakers 4-1,but a sacrifice fly by Anna Beardman scored Missy Penna and proved to be the difference in the game. Stanfordimproves to 3-0 in the tournament and 12-2 overall, while Purdue drops to 3-10.
Erin Howe notched the first hit for the Cardinal, with a double to right center, but was left stranded at second base.In the fourth inning, Stanford put two more on after Maddy Coon doubled and Rosey Neill was hit by a pitch, but againthe Cardinal couldn't find a way to score.
In the fifth inning, Penna reached on a sharp grounder to the shortstop and the Cardinal wasted no time capitalizingon the opportunity. The Stanford pitcher successfully stole second base on the next pitch, and picked up her team-leadingthird stolen base this season. Tricia Aggabao then laid down a bunt single along the third base line, but was thrown outon a rundown while attempting to take second. Penna took third on the play and Beardman hit a sacrifice fly to center tobring in the eventual game-winning run.
Pitching her third game of the tournament, Penna remained impressive in the circle. The sophomore allowed just one hitin seven innings, pitched her eighth complete game of the year and collected her fifth shutout. Penna's 11 strikeoutsmarked the fifth time this season that she has posted 10 or more K's. The Miami, Fla. native is 9-1 on the year witha .90 ERA.
Stanford meets Syracuse this afternoon in the team's fourth game of the FIU/Adidas Invitational. The contest marks thefirst in history between the Cardinal and the Orange.