Stanford Closes Out Worth Classic with 6-3 Win Over Minnesota
March 4, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - The No. 8/9 Stanford softball team used a five-run first inning and a weekend-high 12 hits to cruise past the MinnesotaGolden Gophers this morning in the team's final game of the Worth Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Stanford improves to16-5 with the win, and finished the tournament with a 2-3 record.
Minnesota struck first, picking up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning. Colleen Conway reached on an error tostart the inning, stole second base and reached third on a wild pitch. Megan Higginbotham walked with Conway on third,and when the Minnesota shortstop attempted to steal second, Conway stole home on the throw. Higginbotham, who was safe on theplay, reached third on a ground out by Shannon Stemper, and scored on another wild pitch.
Stanford would have nothing to do with trailing another game, and immediately showed the Golden Gophers the team'soffensive potential. Seven of the first eight Stanford batters notched hits and all eight reached base. Alissa Haberstarted the inning with a double to right center, Jackie Rinehart singled to move her third, and both scored ona double down the left line by Michelle Smith. Maddy Coon singled and Rosey Neill was hit by a pitch to load the basesfor designated player Erin Howe. Howe singled to drive in Smith, and a double by Shannon Koplitz a batter later scoredtwo more. Stanford went through 11 batters in the first inning, tallied seven hits and completed the inning with a5-2 lead.
The Cardinal tacked on another run in the third inning. With one out, Tricia Aggabao cracked a stand-up double to leftfield. On the next at bat, Michelle Schroeder sliced her first career double down the left field line and pickedup her first collegiate RBI. Stanford went into the fourth inning with a 6-2 lead.
Minnesota picked up a run in the fifth inning to pull within three. Higginbotham reached on an infield hit to lead offthe inning and scored when Lisa Parks hit a double off of the fence in right field.
The Cardinal out-hit the Gophers 12-7, and collected a season-high six doubles. Becky McCullough picked up the win for the Cardinal, her fifth of the season,and allowed one run in 6.2 innings. Aggabao went 2-for-3 to lead Stanford, and Haber and Coon had two hitsapiece. For the weekend, Smith led the Cardinal with five hits, three homeruns and seven RBI.
Stanford returns home next weekend to host the Stanford Classic at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.