Stanford Rallies Past UC Davis, 11-5
May 8, 2007
Davis, Calif. - Junior Michelle Smith launched two homeruns over the left field wall and carried the Stanford softball team toan 11-5 win over the UC Davis Aggies today at La Rue Field in Davis. Stanford recorded 10 hits for the second-straightgame and improves to 33-16-1 with the win. UC Davis falls to 30-25-1.
Stanford was out of the gates early, bringing four runs around in the top of the first inning. A walk, a hit batterand a hit by Smith loaded the bases for Maddy Coon, who blasted a ball to the warning track in left fieldthat was dropped by the Aggie outfield. All three runners scored on the play, and Coon came in to second. On the nextat bat, Erin Howe drove a single to right field and Coon slid around the tag at home to give the Cardinal a 4-0lead.
The Aggies got one back in the second inning, after two walks and a single by Erin Emde loaded the bases with noouts. The run scored on Missy Penna's third walk of the inning, but Cardinal reliever Becky McCullough came inand got two quick outs to leave the rest of the Aggies stranded.
In the top of the third inning, Alissa Haber led off with her second triple of the year, driving a ball to the gapin right center field. The freshman scored whenSmith stepped up to the plate and ripped her seventh homerun of the season over the left field fence.
UC Davis worked another run around in the fourth inning. Mandi Salcido led off with a single up the middle andwas bunted to second by Natalie Moss. Julie Stauder ripped a single to left field to score the run, and the Aggiesnarrowed the gap to 6-2.
Haber and Smith repeated their third inning work in the fifth, adding two more to the Stanford tally and increasing theStanford lead to 8-2. Haber singledto start the inning, and Smith sent her second bomb of the game over the left field fence. The homerun was Smith'steam-leading eighth of the season and marked the first game this season that the junior has recorded a multiple-homerun contest.
Stanford added more insurance with four hits and three runs in the seventh inning. Coon led off with a single,advanced to third on a hit by senior Lindsay Key and scored on a sacrifice fly by Missy Penna. A single byTricia Aggabao scored Key, and Michelle Schroeder, who had reached on an earlier error, scored on Haber'sthird hit of the game.
UC Davis used a pair of doubles by Emde and Sarah O'Neill to score three more runs in the seventh inning, butthe Cardinal held on for its 33rd win of the season.
Smith led the team with a 3-for-5 performance in the game, four RBI and threeruns scored. The junior's two blasts were the 30th and 31st of her career, putting her among four playersin program history(Smith, Jessica Mendoza '02, Catalina Morris '06 and Jessica Allister '04) to tally 30+ career homeruns. Smith alsopassed the 40 RBI mark for the season with the long balls, and moved into sole possession of fifth place on thecareer RBI chart with 132.
McCullough went 5.2 innings and earned her tenth win of the season with seven strikeouts. Haber went 3-for-4 andscored two runs. Stanford's 11 runs marked the fifth time this season that the squad has scored ten or more.
Stanford returns to the field on Thursday night for the rubber game with the Oregon Ducks. First pitch is set for7 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium.