Cardinal Opens Stanford Classic with 6-2 Win Over UCSB
March 9, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 12/13 Stanford softball team jumped out to an early lead and held on for a 6-2 win over UC Santa Barbaratoday in the team's first game of the Stanford Classic. Missy Penna went 2-for-3, collected three RBI, struckout 11 batters and hit her first homerun of the season to lead the Cardinal. Stanford improves to 17-5 with the winwhile UCSB falls to 14-6.
The Cardinal set the tone for the game with a four-run first inning, using four hits, including two doubles, totake an early lead. Alissa Haber started the rally with a single up the middle and advanced to second on asacrifice bunt by Jackie Rinehart. After Maddy Coon drew a two-out walk, Rosey Neill chopped a double down theleft line that scored Haber. Penna followed with a hit up the middle that scored Neill and Coon, and anotherdouble down the left line by Shannon Koplitz scored Penna.
In the second inning, Stanford tacked a fifth run on the board. Freshman Michelle Schroeder reached on an errorto start the inning and moved to second on a bunt single by Haber. Rinehart singled up the middle on thenext play to bring Schroeder in from second and Stanford went into the third inning with a 5-0 lead.
Penna single-handedly added one more run to the Cardinal tally in the third inning. The Stanford pitcher launched ahigh fly ball over the left center field fence, her first long ball of the season.
THe Gauchos got a pair back in the sixth inning. A one-out single by Christine Ramos, just the second UCSB hit ofthe game, jumpstarted the Gaucho offense. Tisha Duran followed with a double off the left field wall, andeasily scored the Gauchos' second baseman. On the next at bat, Tiffany Wright doubled to deep center and broughtanother run in. Penna finished the inning with her eighth strikeout of the game, however, and the UCSB rally washalted after two runs.
Penna and Haber led the team with two hits apiece. Penna picked up her 12th win of the season, allowed four hitsand struck out 10 or more for the eighth time this season.
The Cardinal will take on the Sacramento State Hornets in the team's second game of the day starting at approximately 5 p.m.