Perfect Chinn: Freshman Throws Perfect Game Against Princeton
March 22, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn threw the seventh perfect game in school history, leading the No. 5/5 Cardinal softball team to a 10-0 win over Princeton today in the eighth game of the Stanford Invitational II. Stanford run-ruled an opponent for the tenth time this season, and improves to 29-2 on the year.
Stanford recorded nine hits in four innings before winning by run-rule, and outhit its 27th opponent of the year. Sophomore Alissa Haber went 3-for-3 and scored two Cardinal runs, while fellow sophomore went 2-for-3 with her 12th homerun of the year. Neill's three RBI paced the team, and Tricia Aggabao's two hits extended her team-best hitting streak to seven games. The Cardinal also extended its landmark scoring streak, and has now scored in a program-record 31 games.
Chinn's perfect game was the first of her career and the seventh all-time for a Cardinal player. Dana Sorensen was the last player to throw a perfect game, doing so against Hawaii on Mar. 28, 2004. The Cardinal newcomer remains undefeated with a 10-0 record.
Neill's homerun moved her into a tie for seventh place on the program's single-season chart (12). The sophomore is currently in eighth place on the career chart, with 19 in her first season and a half of collegiate ball.
Back-to-back singles by Haber and Aggabao started the Stanford first inning, and Maddy Coon's 28th walk of the year loaded the bases. Michelle Smith cracked the first of four Stanford sacrifice flies in the game to score the first run, and a single up the middle by Rosey Neill scored a second one. Shannon Koplitz cranked another sacrifice fly to score Coon, and Stanford took a 3-0 lead.
In the second inning, the Cardinal batted through the order and six different players scored runs to bring the game into run-rule territory. A walk and a pair of single by Haber and Anna Beardman loaded the bases for Aggabao, who chipped an RBI single to left field. Consecutive sacrifice flies by Coon and Smith brought two more runs in, and pushed the Cardinal lead to 6-0. Neill then stepped up and belted her 12th homerun of the season over the left field fence. The two-run blast was followed four pitches later by another blast, this time the third of the season by sophomore Shannon Koplitz. By the end of the second inning, Stanford had a 9-0 lead.
In the third inning, Stanford tacked one more run onto its total, securing the team's seventh 10+ run game. Howe walked, and moved around to third on Haber's third single of the game and a walk by Aggabao. The senior scored on a fielder's choice ground out by Coon.
Stanford will meet BYU in the team's third game of the Stanford Invitational II beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. this evening.