Cardinal Pounds Wichita State, 11-0
Feb. 15, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - After routing Santa Clara in the first game of the day, the Stanford softball team picked up where it left off in its second contest, pounding Wichita State, 11-0. The Cardinal scored five runs in the first inning, and finished the Shockers off in five with the team's third consecutive run-rule win. Stanford remains perfect on the year, with a 7-0 record.
While the Stanford offense put on an 11-run, nine-hit show, junior pitcher Missy Penna put on a performance of her own. The Stanford ace struck out 12 of the 18 batters she faced, giving up just two hits and a walk in the win.
Offensively, freshman Melisa Koutz and sophomore Shannon Koplitz each recorded two hits to lead Stanford. The Cardinal outhit the Shockers 9-2, and capitalized on nine walks. Four players hit doubles in the game, bringing the team total to eight on the day.
Two walks and an infield single by Maddy Coon loaded the bases for Koutz in the first inning. The Stanford first baseman came through, drilling a two-RBI double to left center. Koplitz then singled to shortstop, and Michelle Smith scored on an ensuing Shocker error. Rosey Neill blasted the team's second double of the inning to right center to score Koutz, and a sacrifice fly by Erin Howe brought in Neill to make it 5-0.
Stanford continued its offensive run in the second inning, capitalizing on three walks in the first four batters. With bases loaded, Koutz scored Alissa Haber with a sacrifice fly to right field to make it 6-0. Koplitz then cracked her second double of the day, bringing two more runs across for Stanford.
With an 8-0 lead and the Cardinal eyeing its third consecutive win by run-rule, the squad didn't let up. The team batted through the order for the second time in the game in the fourth inning, and added three more insurance runs to its total. Coon led off with a walk, and scored two singles later on a shot up the middle by Koutz. A batter later, Neill walked to load the bases and, with two outs, senior Anna Beardman beat out a chopper to third base that scored Smith. Haber earned a walk on the next at bat, scoring Koplitz to cap the Stanford scoring.
Penna struck out the side for the third time in five innings, ending the game by run-rule.
Stanford returns to the field tomorrow for continued action at the Stanford Invitational I. The Cardinal will meet Pacific at noon, and will play a second game at either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m., depending on the morning's results.
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