Cardinal Pulls Upset Over No. 12 UCLA
April 20, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team rebounded from a rough conference streak tonight, downing the No. 12 UCLA Bruins in frontof a season-high crowd of 1,119 at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal jumped out to an early lead and never lookedback, using eight hits to pick up the 6-4 conference win. Stanford improves to 28-12 overall and 4-6 in the Pac-10with the win, while the Bruins drop to 28-12, 4-5.
Two walks helped Stanford load the bases in the first inning, but the Cardinal couldn't capitalize on theopportunity. An inning later, the squad loaded them up again and, this time, didn't waste the chance. Maddy Coonearned the first RBI with a sacrifice fly that easily scored Erin Howe. A Bruin error kept the Cardinal aliveand allowed another run to score, before Michelle Smith drilled a two-RBI double to left center and gave Stanforda 4-0 lead.
UCLA answered the rally on their next chance, however. A walk and a lead-off single by Krista Colburn put two on forthe Bruins' Jodie Legaspi, who drove her own two-RBI double to left center to put her team on the board. On thenext pitch, a hit by Megan Langenfeld drove in Legaspi and pulled UCLA within one, 4-3.
Stanford tacked on one more run in the fifth inning, using three hits to inch one step further from the Bruins.Shannon Koplitz led offwith a single and a hit batter and a single by Rosey Neill loaded the bases. Missy Penna came through with a singleup the middle, scoring Koplitz, and giving the Cardinal another bases loaded opportunity. For the second time ofthe game, however, Stanford left it that way, but finished the inning with a 5-3 lead.
In the Bruin sixth, the visitors threatened a comeback, putting Penna and the Cardinal in a no-out bases-loadedjam. Penna was not fazed, however, and took matters into her own hands. The Stanford ace struck out the heartof the UCLA order, sitting down three-straight batters to hold the Bruins to a scoreless inning.
In the Stanford sixth, Alissa Haber belted her fourth long ball of the year over the 220 mark in dead center fieldand put an exclamation point on the Stanford victory.
UCLA managed to score one more in the seventh, when Whitney Holum singled and scored on an infield grounder, butthe Cardinal held on for the 6-4 win.
Stanford was out-hit by UCLA 10-8 and picked up just its second win this year when out-hit. Penna tallied sevenstrikeouts, and freshmen Koplitz and Haber led the way for the Cardinal with two hits apiece.
Stanford returns to the field tomorrow, taking on the Washington Huskies at 5 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. The gamewill be televised live on CSTV.