Cardinal Eliminates Bulldogs with 1-0 NCAA Regional Win
May 18, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Missy Penna put on another impressive show tonight and led the Stanford softball team to a 1-0 win overFresno State in the fifth game of the Stanford Regional. In addition to scoring the game-winning run,the Cardinal ace picked up her secondshutout of the day and her 12th on the year, striking out 11 in the 1-0 blanking of the Bulldogs. Stanford improvesto 35-20-1 with the win, while Fresno State finishes its season with a 47-18 overall record.
Stanford put what proved to be the game-winning run across in the third inning, after three Cardinal singles putBulldog ace Robin Mackin in a jam.Penna singled to start things off and was bunted to second by Jackie Rinehart. Tricia Aggabao then drove aball off Mackin, which ricocheted into the outfield and scored Penna. A single by Alissa Haber and a walk byMaddy Coon loaded the bases for the Cardinal, but the Bulldog defense pulled together and kept the remainingthree runners from scoring.
Stanford left the bases loaded again in the fourth inning, after two more singles and a walk loaded them up. Reliefpitcher Merryann Barr and the Bulldog defense pulled together again, however, and left the Stanford runners stranded.
The Cardinal defense found itself in a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the fifth. Three singles loaded the basesfor the Bulldogs with one out. Penna, facing two of the Bulldogs' top three hitters, held tight and struck out theside, however. The Cardinal left 12 runners on base to Fresno State's six and out-hit the Bulldogs, 9-3.
Penna allowed just three hits and finished the day with a two-game total of 19 strikeouts. The Cardinal ace improvesto 24-12 with the win. On offense, Aggabao and Haber had two hits apiece, with Aggabao earning the game-winningRBI.
Stanford will face No. 3 LSU in Game 6 of the Stanford Regional at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow live on ESPN2.