Perfect Start: Penna Throws No-Hitter in Cardinal Opener

Feb. 8, 2008

San Diego, Calif. - Missy Penna couldn't have given the 2008 Cardinal a better beginning. The junior right-hander threw her third career no-hitter and led the Stanford softball team to a season-opening win over the San Diego Toreros tonight at the USD Softball complex in San Diego. The junior struck out 14 of the 22 batters she faced and carried Stanford (1-0) to a 4-0 victory.

Penna's 14 strikeouts, accumulated at exactly two per inning, matched the second-best performance of her career. The shutout was the 18th of her career. San Diego's only baserunner came in the sixth inning, when left fielder Danielle Duhart reached on a Cardinal throwing error. Sophomore second baseman Shannon Koplitz led the Cardinal offensively, going 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double.

After a scoreless first inning, Stanford generated its first offense of 2008 in the second inning. Senior Michelle Smith drew a walk, then advanced to second when Torero pitcher Jennifer Ellenbeck threw a wild pitch. Koplitz stepped up and drilled the first Cardinal hit of the year, a double, to left field. Smith was safe in a collision at the plate, and Stanford took a 1-0 lead.

After two more scoreless innings, Stanford was back with more. With one out, Michelle Schroeder put down a bunt single. The sophomore stole second, reached third on a single by Alissa Haber and scored on error by the Torero outfield.

In the sixth inning, Stanford tacked two more runs onto its tally. Shortstop Maddy Coon drew her second walk of the game, and catcher Rosey Neill reached on a fielder's choice. Three straight singles by Smith, Koplitz and Penna scored Coon and Neill, giving Stanford its 4-0 advantage.

Stanford returns to the field tomorrow for two more games at the University of San Diego Tournament. The Cardinal kicks off the action with an 11 a.m. meeting with Illinois-Chicago, and continues with a 1:30 p.m. contest against Long Beach State.

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