Cardinal Opens Stanford Invitational With 12-2 Rout of Santa Clara
Feb. 15, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team exploded offensively in the first game of the Stanford Invitational, recording season highs with 15 hits and 12 runs in a win over the Santa Clara Broncos. The Cardinal finished with a 12-2 victory in six innings, nabbing its second consecutive run-rule decision. Stanford improves on its impressive start to the 2008 season, moving to 6-0 on the year.
Senior outfielders Tricia Aggabao and Anna Beardman led the squad offensively with three hits apiece. Aggabao, Shannon Koplitz and Michelle Smith each recorded three RBI in the win. Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn picked up her second career win, striking out five batters and allowing just three hits. Senior Jackie Morales took the loss for Santa Clara and drops to 0-3.
Santa Clara was out of the gates first, scoring on its first offensive chance in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Breann Netto earned a walk to start the inning, and, with two outs, senior designated player Maggie Godfrey crushed a ball over the left field fence. The homerun gave Santa Clara a 2-0 lead, and marked the first long ball allowed by the Cardinal this season.
Stanford didn't hesitate to answer, however, quickly recovering with a three-run second inning. Koplitz started the onslaught with her first homerun of 2008, blasting a solo shot to left field to pull Stanford within one. Sophomore Rosey Neill popped a single through the middle, and Beardman followed with her first double of the year to put runners at the corners. Alissa Haber walked to load the bases, and Aggabao capitalized on the perfect RBI opportunity with a two-run double to left field. Aggabao's hit, her second of the game, gave the Cardinal a 3-2 lead.
The Cardinal built on the lead in the fourth inning, bringing three more runs across to push the advantage to 6-2. Erin Howe and Beardman notched back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, and following a fielder's choice and a Stanford double steal, Aggabao cracked an RBI-single up the middle for her third hit of the game. With two outs, Michelle Smith hit a two-run single to left field, bringing around Haber and Aggabao.
In the sixth, Stanford turned the game into a rout with an impressive two-out rally. Beardman led off with her third hit of the afternoon, beating out a grounder to the Bronco shortshop. Beardman stole second, but the Broncos recorded two consecutive outs and seemed to have things under control. Stanford caught fire, however, batted through the lineup and brought six runs around to break the game open. Coon doubled to drive in Beardman, and Smith followed with a single to drive in Coon. Melisa Koutz walked, and, after both runners advanced on a passed ball, Koplitz cracked a two-RBI double to make it 10-2. Neill followed with her second homerun of the year, a two-run shot to left field, to give Stanford a 12-2 lead. In her first career at-bat, freshman Erikka Moreno singled to cap the six-hit Stanford sixth.
Stanford retired the Broncos in order in the bottom of the sixth, claiming the 12-2 run-rule win.
The Cardinal will face the Wichita State Shockers in the second game of its Friday double-header, beginning at approximately 5:30 p.m.