No. 8/10 Stanford Handles Providence, 6-0
Feb. 27, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 8/10 Stanford softball team notched its 16th win this afternoon, winning a midweek home contest with Providence College. The Cardinal improves to 16-1 on the year, and will continue play at the Worth Classic in Fullerton this weekend.
Sophomores Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill led the Stanford offense with two hits apiece, and Haber cracked her second homerun of the year. Stanford outhit its 15th opponent of the year, 6-4, and recorded its eighth shutout. Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn struck out four batters and earned her fourth career win. Friar pitcher Jennifer Maccio took the loss for Providence and drops to 1-2.
Haber immediately set the tone for the Cardinal, hitting a homerun in Stanford's first at bat of the game for the second time this year. The center fielder took the fourth pitch she saw over the 220 mark in center field, giving Stanford a 1-0 lead before its second batter even had a chance to swing the bat. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases with no outs, but the Friars threw out back-to-back runners at the plate to hold off a Cardinal onslaught. Neill chipped a hit to left field to score two runners, bringing her team-leading RBI total up to 20 on the year. Another walk loaded the bases back up, but Providence recorded the last out and stranded three of the eight runners Stanford stranded during the game.
After leaving bases loaded again in the third inning, Stanford put another trio of runs across in the bottom of the fourth. Haber recorded her second hit to lead off the inning, stole second and advanced to third when Tricia Aggabao reached on an error. Maddy Coon drove in the first run with a single to left field, and Michelle Smith drove in the second with a sacrifice fly to right. An infield grounder scored Coon, and the Cardinal pushed its lead to 6-0.
Stanford left eight runners on base in the game, and now has left a combined 28 batters stranded in the last three games. The Cardinal has now shut out five of its seven opponents at home, and outscored them 63-4 at Smith Family Stadium.
Stanford returns to the field on Friday, playing five games at the Worth Classic in Fullerton. The Cardinal will open the tournament against St. John's on Friday at 3:45 p.m.
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