LSU Tops Stanford for Regional Title, 11-5
May 19, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 16/18 Cardinal softball team recorded nine hits, four doubles and a homerun, but the offensive effort fellshort of the five homerun effort of the No. 3 LSU Tigers. The teams evened in the hits and errors columns, but LSUclaimed theRegional title by an 11-5 margin. Stanford concludes its season with a 35-21-1 record, while LSU advances tothe Tempe Super Regional with a 55-10 overall mark.
Both teams were out of the gates quickly, with a combined eight runs in the first inning and a half.LSU started the scoring less than 10 pitches in, as Stanford pitcher Missy Penna had faced just one batter, whenTiger right fielder Rachel Mitchell put her firsthomerun of the game over the right center field fence, giving LSU a 1-0 lead.
Stanford responded, however, and notched three hits on its first offensive chance. Alissa Haber drew a four-pitchwalk with two outs and Michelle Smith followed with a single to left field. On the next at bat, Maddy Coon steppedup with her first homerun since Mar. 10, ripping a shot over the fence in left center field. The blast, Coon'sfourth of the season, gave the Cardinal a 3-1 lead.
Mitchell wasted no time taking the Tiger lead back, however, launching another ball over the left center fieldfence in thetop of the second inning, this time with bases loaded. A hit batter, a walk and a single by Andrea Smith set thetable for Mitchell, and the LSU freshman brought them all in with her third homerun in three at bats.
Stanford wasn't ready to give up, however, and knotted the score at five an inning later. Tricia Aggabao led offwith a single and Haber followed with a double down the right line to put two on for Smith. The Stanford juniorripped a ball to left that was dropped by the LSU outfield, and Aggabao came around to score. Coon then drilleda ball at the Tiger shortstop, which was mishandled, allowing the tying run to score.
LSU hit homeruns in the next three innings, however, to seal the win and the Stanford Regional title. In thefourth inning,center fielder Leslie Klein cracked a two-run shot to dead center. In the fifth, it was Quinlan Duhon who wentdeep, rocketing a ball over the fence in left center. In the sixth, a lead-off shot by Smith put the Tigers up9-5.
The Tigers put an exclamation point on the win with two more runs in the seventh. Killian Roesser led off with asingle and, after another hit batter, Tayl'r Hollis doubled to right field to drive both runners in.
Stanford's offense was led by the 2-for-3 performances of Penna and Smith, with each notching a double on thenight. Coon had four RBI to lead the team for the weekend, and Coon, Smith, Penna and Jackie Rinehart were namedto the Stanford Regional All-Tournament Team.
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