Cardinal Defeats Marist for FIU/Adidas Invitational Title
Feb. 25, 2007
Miami, Fla. - The Stanford softball team closed out a perfect 5-0 weekend at the FIU/Adidas Invitational in Miami, Fla. today,defeating the Marist Red Foxes, 8-0. Missy Penna pitched her second one-hitter and third shutout of the weekend,while striking out ten batters. Stanford improves to 14-2 with the win, while Marist drops to 1-9.
Stanford took advantage of its first scoring chance, picking up a run in the bottom of the first. Senior JackieRinehart slapped a chopper up the middle for her sixth-straight hit, putting herself on first for Maddy Coon. TheCardinal sophomore smacked a ball over the head of the Red Fox right fielder and picked up the first triple of hercareer. Rinehart scored easily on the play, and Stanford took an early 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Stanford added two more runs on four hits. With two outs, Tricia Aggabao singled to right fieldand advanced to second on Shannon Koplitz's drive down the left line. With two on, Alissa Haber popped a bloop singleinto right center field to score Aggabao and move Koplitz to third. Koplitz came in when the Red Fox pitcher threwa wild pitch to Rinehart, and Stanford extended its lead to 3-0.
Another pair of runs scored in the Cardinal fifth inning, after a four-hit series by the top of the Stanford line-up.Haber and Rinehart hit their second singles of the game, and Rosey Neill stepped up to drive in Haber with a hitto right center. Michelle Smith followed with a single to left field to bring in Rinehart, and the Cardinal extendedits lead to five runs.
In her third career start, freshman Shannon Koplitz belted her second homerun in less than 24 hours over the leftfield fence and gave the Cardinal a six-run cushion in the sixth inning. Koplitz and the freshman class are nowresponsible for half of the Stanford home run tally.
The Cardinal finished off the Red Foxes later in the inning, taking an eight-run lead to end the game. Haber reachedon a bunt single and Rinehart reached on a single to the pitcher. After Coon walked to load the bases, Neillcracked an infield hit that scored Haber and Rinehart.
Rinehart, Neill and Haber notched three hits apiece and Neill led the team with three RBI. Koplitz extended her hittingstreak to three games and registered the first multiple-hit game of her career.
Penna was named the tournament MVP with 38 strikeouts in four games, four wins, three shutouts and no runs allowed.Neill and Smith were named to the All-Tournament Team for their performances over the weekend. Neill hit .636 overthe five games and drove in a team-leading eight runs on seven hits. Smith notched seven RBI with five hits and ahomerun.
Stanford will head to Fullerton, Calif. next weekend to compete in the Worth Classic, Mar. 2-4.