Eleven Hits Propel Stanford Past San Jose State
April 24, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - A solid performance by sophomore Maddy Coon and 11 Cardinal hits helped the Stanford softball team top San JoseState tonight at Smith Family Stadium. The 5-3 win was the 30th victory for the squad this season, improving theteam's overall mark to 30-13. San Jose State falls to 21-23 overall with the loss.
Stanford put its first run on the board in the bottom of the second, after loading the bases with three-straight singlesby Coon, Rosey Neill and Missy Penna. Senior Jackie Rinehart picked up the easy RBI, lofting a deep sacrifice flythat scored Coon.
Stanford's major damage came in the third inning, however. A hit by Michelle Smith and a walk by Erin Howe put two onfor Coon, who picked up an RBI with her second hit of the game. Neill then ripped her second hit of the gamethrough the left side, scoring Howe, before a single by Tricia Aggabao brought in Coon and gave the Cardinal a4-0 advantage.
The Spartans used a pair of Cardinal errors to make a comeback attempt in the top of the fifth inning. A hitbatter, a botched fielder's choice and a single by Liz Perez put the Cardinal in a no-out, bases-loaded jam.An ensuing ground out scored one run, and another hit batter loaded the bases back up. With one out, Sarah Smithpopped a sacrifice fly to left field that scored one run. The Cardinal then made an attempt to throw out Perez onher way to third, but an error allowed the Spartan center fielder to score. The Cardinal recovered, however, andthrew out Brittany McConnell on the same play to end the inning.
Penna earned her 22nd win in the circle for the Cardinal, picked up seven strikeouts and gave up no earned runs.Coon recorded her first multiple-hitcontest since Mar. 4, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored. Smith and Neill also registered two hits apiecefor Stanford. Eight of the nine players in the Cardinal line-up notched hits, and Stanford out-hit SJSU 11-5.
Stanford remains at home this weekend, and will take on the Arizona schools in a three-game series. First pitch withArizona State is set for Friday at 7 p.m. Stanford will also meet Arizona on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.Sunday's contest will be aired live on CSTV.