Friday Night Pac-10 Softball Recaps

May 19, 2007

Cardinal Eliminates Bulldogs with 1-0 NCAA Regional Win

Stanford, Calif. - Missy Penna put on another impressive show tonight and led the Stanford softball team to a 1-0 win over Fresno State in the fifth game of the Stanford Regional. In addition to scoring the game-winning run, the Cardinal ace picked up her second shutout of the day and her 12th on the year, striking out 11 in the 1-0 blanking of the Bulldogs. Stanford improves to 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 put Bulldog ace Robin Mackin in a jam. Penna singled to start things off and was bunted to second by Jackie Rinehart. Tricia Aggabao then drove a ball off Mackin, which ricocheted into the outfield and scored Penna. A single by Alissa Haber and a walk by Maddy Coon loaded the bases for the Cardinal, but the Bulldog defense pulled together and kept the remaining three runners from scoring.

Stanford left the bases loaded again in the fourth inning, after two more singles and a walk loaded them up. Relief pitcher 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 bases for the Bulldogs with one out. Penna, facing two of the Bulldogs' top three hitters, held tight and struck out the side, 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 improves to 24-12 with the win. On offense, Aggabao and Haber had two hits apiece, with Aggabao earning the game-winning RBI.

Stanford will face No. 3 LSU in Game 6 of the Stanford Regional at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow live on ESPN2.

Bruin Softball Blasts Through Opening Round Game

LOS ANGELES - Home runs from seniors Jodie Legaspi and Lisa Dodd provided the power that UCLA needed as the Bruins completed a 6-3 victory over Loyola Marymount on the opening day of the NCAA Softball Tournament at Easton Stadium. The Bruins (36-16) will next face off against Hawai'i, (47-11) a 2-0 winner over UCSB (30-22) in a 10-inning battle to start the day. The game between UCLA and the Rainbow Wahine is scheduled for a 3:06 pm PT first pitch and will be televised live by ESPNU. LMU's Lions (45-17) will face the Gauchos at approximately 5:36 pm.

The Bruins struck first, connecting on two unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning. Dodd drew a two-out walk and went to third on an LMU throwing error that put Legaspi on first base. Megan Langenfeld followed with a double down the left field line, plating both runners to give UCLA a 2-0 lead.

Loyola Marymount answered in the top of the second inning, scoring three runs of their own on an RBI fielders choice by Chelsie Tysdal and an RBI single by Kirsten Whitt. A Bruin fielding error plated a third run, giving the Lions a 3-2 lead.

That lead was short-lived, however, as Kaila Shull led off the bottom half of the second with a triple down the right field line followed by a bloop single from Julie Burney to tie the game. Legaspi then came up to lead off the fifth inning with her 12th home run of the season to give UCLA the lead for good.

Dodd added two insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth, connecting on a monstrous shot over the scoreboard in left field, her 14th dinger of the season, to account for the final score of 6-3.

Langenfeld improved to 14-2 on the season, striking out one and now allowing a walk during her seven innings in the circle.

Saturday's schedule will include UCLA facing off against Hawai'i at 3 pm PT, followed by a 5:30 pm match-up between LMU and UCSB. The final game of the day is scheduled to begin at 8 pm and will feature the loser of the UCLA-UH game with the winner of the LMU-UCSB contest. All games will be televised live by ESPNU with Beth Mowins and Jessica Mendoza calling the action.

Mowatt No-Hits Howard in UA's Regional Opener

TUCSON, Ariz. - Arizona pitcher Taryne Mowatt (32-10) tossed the third no-hitter in Arizona NCAA postseason history, as the Wildcats routed Howard, 9-0, in five innings.

The junior pitcher struck out 12 of the 16 batters she faced, allowing one Bison hitter to reach via walk and three others to make contact for a groundout or flyout.

The no-no was the fifth of Mowatt's career and third of this season. The quintet of hitless outings places Mowatt in a tie with current pitching coach Nancy Evans for sixth on UA's all-time list for no-hitters in a career.

The victory, which improved Arizona to 40-12-1 on the year, also came in large part to the Wildcat offense - namely Kristie Fox and Jenae Leles.

Fox, who earlier this week was named to the all-Pac-10 first team along with Mowatt and Caitlin Lowe, put the Wildcats on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer to right field. The blast was the San Diego, Calif., native's 14th of the year and 47th of her career.

Leles, went 2-for-3 on the night with three RBI as she clubbed a pair of home runs - a solo shot in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fourth. That marked the second multi-home run game of the third baseman's career and gave her a new career high in home runs with nine in 2007.

Overall, Arizona tallied 10 hits over four innings at the plate. Lowe contributed one hit, two runs scored, a pair of RBI and her 47th stolen base of the season. Additionally, nine-hole hitter Adrienne Acton reached with a pair of singles and scored a run.

With the win, Arizona moves on to face Mississippi State on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. The game can be heard live on the radio at 1290 AM. All games throughout the Tucson Regional can be seen live via webcast at free of charge.

Howard moves on to the elimination game against Pacific at 4 p.m.

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