Cardinal Homers Three Times in 9-2 Win Over Texas Tech

March 1, 2008

Fullerton, Calif. - For the sixth time this season, an opponent scored first on the Cardinal, and, for the fifth time this season, the Stanford softball team wasn't fazed. The Cardinal answered with nine runs, and bested Texas Tech, 9-2, to nab its third win of the weekend. Stanford improves to 19-1, and will play its fourth game of the Worth Invitational later today.

Senior third baseman Michelle Smith went 3-for-3 with two extra-base hits and three RBI, while junior shortstop Maddy Coon tallied three singles in four tries. Senior outfielder Tricia Aggabao recorded her first career homerun, along with a single and two RBI, helping the Cardinal to its second-highest hit tally of the year (15).

Cardinal freshman Ashley Chinn won her sixth game in a Cardinal uniform, striking out a career-high nine batters and allowing just five hits in seven innings of work. Texas Tech starter Tye Coats saw only four batters, but took the loss for the Red Raiders and falls to 1-6.

Red Raider shortstop Leah Legler led off the game with an infield single, stole second base and reached third on another infield single by Montana Patin. With runners at the corners, first baseman Jennifer Corkin hit a dribbler in front of the plate, and Legler beat out Chinn's toss give Texas Tech a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinal didn't let its deficit last long, however, and took advantage of Red Raider pitching woes to score three runs in the bottom of the first. Alissa Haber and Aggabao drew walks to start the inning, and a double steal put both runners in scoring position. Coon drilled a line drive single to the shortstop, allowing Haber to score. Both runners advanced on the second of three wild pitches in the inning, and Aggabao scored on a sacrifice fly by Smith. Coon scored on the third errant pitch of the inning, giving Stanford a 3-1 lead. Smith's RBI moved her into sole possession of fourth place on the Cardinal career RBI list, while Aggabao's steal was her career-best sixth of the year.

In the third inning, Aggabao made the game memorable with the first homerun of her Stanford career. The senior, in her 451st career at bat, belted a ball over the left field wall, giving Stanford a 4-1 lead.

Texas Tech pulled a run closer in the top of the fourth inning, squeezing Stanford lead to 4-2. Catcher Robyn Wike drew a walk, and scored on a deep double by second baseman Liz Eimen.

Stanford took the run back in its half of the fourth, bringing the score to 5-3. Senior designated player Erin Howe smacked her fourth double to the year to the gap in left center, moved to third on an infield single by Anna Beardman and scored on a single through the right side by Aggabao.

In the fifth inning, the Cardinal pulled away further, scoring two more runs on six hits. Smith led off with her fourth double of the year, and scored on a single up the middle by Melisa Koutz. With two outs, catcher Rosey Neill belted her team-leading seventh homerun of the year, matching her 2007 total less than a month into the season.

In the sixth inning, Stanford used its third homerun of the game to push the lead to 9-2. After Coon's third single of the game, Smith slammed her sixth homerun of the year and the 37th of her career over the left enter field wall.

After a break, Stanford returns to the field for a night game against the Purdue Boilermakers. The Cardinal will wrap up play at the Worth Invitational on Sunday, taking on No. 5/7 Florida.

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