McCullough's One-Hitter Leads Stanford Past Loyola

March 10, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford's Becky McCullough pitched a one-hitter and the Stanford softball team picked up a 2-0 win over Loyola Chicago tonight, finishing the round robin portion of the Stanford Classic with a perfect 4-0 record. The Cardinal notched nine hits in the win and improved to 20-5 on the year, while Loyola fell to 3-8.

Stanford put runners on in every inning, but was unable to bring one around until the top of the fourth. Freshman Shannon Koplitz, who cracked her first career triple on her first at bat of the game, doubled to left field to start Stanford off. The Cardinal shortstop was safe at third on an infield hit by Missy Penna, which put runners on at the corners. After a Cardinal strikeout, right fielder Anna Beardman stepped up to the plate and hit a sharp two-out single to left field. Koplitz scored on the play to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. Haber singled on the next at bat, but Penna was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

It was the top of the seventh before Stanford would score again. The Ramblers quickly retired two Cardinal batters, but Jackie Rinehart kept Stanford alive with a bunt single. The Cardinal senior stole second on the next at bat, and stole third when Erin Howe walked. Rinehart scored on a wild pitch, and the Cardinal went into the seventh with a 2-0 lead.

Koplitz went 2-for-2 and notched two of the Cardinal's three extra base hits in the game. Rinehart went 2-for-3 with a pair of slap hits and Anna Beardman recorded two hits and her second double of the season.

McCullough pitched six and two-thirds hitless innings, but with two outs in the bottom of the seventh Amy Solava hit a dribbler in front of the plate and beat the ball out for the first Rambler hit. McCullough notched her second-straight shutout and struck out four in her first one-hitter of the season.

Stanford will play in the Stanford Classic Championship tomorrow at noon, and will face the winner of tonight's Loyola-UC Santa Barbara game.

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