Stanford Overwhelms Saint Mary's, 8-0
Feb. 13, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team recorded five hits and capitalized on ten walks to take down the Saint Mary's Gaels, 8-0, tonight in the team's home opener at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Stanford remains undefeated on the year, with a 5-0 record heading into the second weekend of play.
Senior left fielder Tricia Aggabao paced the Cardinal offense, going 2-for-3 with her first double of the year. Sophomore Shannon Koplitz drove in three of the eight Stanford runs, thanks to a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the fourth inning. Junior pitcher Missy Penna, the reigning USA Softball National Player of the Week, came up with another notable performance in the circle. Penna pitched four innings, struck out three batters and didn't allow a single hit. Penna, who improves to 4-0, has still not walked a batter this season.
The Cardinal got its first offensive chance in the second inning, when Gael pitcher Maryanne Cronin walked the bases loaded. The Saint Mary's defense pulled together, however, and kept the game scoreless.
Stanford quickly loaded the bases again in the third inning, and this time, the team didn't waste the opportunity. Alissa Haber cracked a lead-off double, Aggabao singled and Maddy Coon picked up her second of three walks on the night to bring up a perfect RBI opportunity for Michelle Smith. Smith walked to bring in the first run, before sophomore Rosey Neill singled to left field and, with a miscue in the outfield, brought two runners around. A sacrifice fly by freshman Melisa Koutz scored Smith, giving Stanford a 4-0 cushion heading into the fourth inning.
Penna and the Cardinal took care of the Gaels in order in the fourth, and went back to work offensively. Haber was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Aggabao drilled an RBI double to right center field to score her. Neill and Coon walked to load the bases again, and Koplitz brought all three runners around with a double to left field.
Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn wrapped up the win for the Cardinal in the fifth, holding the Gaels scoreless to ensure the run-rule decision.
Chinn and Penna combined for the Cardinal's fourth shutout of the year. The Gaels were allowed just four baserunners and one hit.
Stanford resumes play on Friday, hosting Santa Clara, Pacific and Wichita State in the first day of the Stanford Invitational I at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.
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