Penna's No-Hitter Leads Stanford to 8-0 Win Over Saint Mary's
April 11, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore pitcher Missy Penna threw her second career no-hitter and helped the Cardinal softball team earn an8-0 victoryover Saint Mary's at Smith Family Stadium tonight. The Stanford ace struck out eight batters, including the 200thof her career, and improved to 20-3 on the season. The Cardinal squad notched 11 hits and boosted its overall recordto 27-9, while Saint Mary's fell to 17-27.
Stanford didn't waste any time setting the tone, and took a lead just three pitches in. Senior JackieRinehart reached on a slap single to the shortstop, and, two pitches later, Alissa Haber cracked a double tothe gap in left center to bring her around. The double was the ninth of the season for the Cardinal freshman, whoscored on an ensuing single by Michelle Smith to give Stanford an early 2-0 lead.
The Cardinal waited until the sixth inning to bring any more around, but back-to-back doubles by Penna and TriciaAggabao spurred a six-run rally that was enough to finish the Gaels off.Rosey Neill started the inning with a walk, and was replaced at first by pinch runner Michelle Schroeder. Penna thendrove a ball to left field to put two in scoring position for Aggabao. The Cardinal junior slammed her thirdhit of the day into right center field, scoring both on the stand-up double. A Rinehart hit with one out scoredAggabao and, after Haber drew a walk, freshman Shannon Koplitz singled to load the bases. Smith then singled tobring another run in, and Maddy Coon worked the count to draw a bases loaded walk to score another run. On hersecond at bat of the inning, Neill hit a grounder to second base that scored Koplitz and ended the game.
Aggabao went 3-for-3 with two RBI, a stolen base and a double, while Rinehart's three hits marked herteam-leading fourth 3+ hit game of the season. The no-hitter was the first for a Cardinal pitcher since Penna threwa no-hitter on March 26, 2006 against UC Davis. The Miami, Fla. native now boasts 207 strikeouts on the year. Theeight-run win marked the eighth time this season that Stanford has run-ruled an opponent.
Stanford continues Pac-10 play in the desert this weekend, taking on the defending National Champion ArizonaWildcats on Friday night before facing the Arizona State Sun Devils Saturday and Sunday.
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