Sun Devils Best Cardinal, 6-0
March 29, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - After scoring in a program-record 35 straight games to start the season, the No. 5/5 Cardinal softball team's impressive streak finally came to an end today at the hands of top-ranked Arizona State. The Sun Devils recorded ten hits and scored six runs, both season-highs against Stanford this year, to claim a 6-0 victory. Stanford drops to 32-4 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10, while Arizona State improves to 38-2, 2-0 Pac-10.
Sophomore Shannon Koplitz recorded Stanford's only hit prior to the seventh inning, pelting a double off of the left field wall in the second inning. The Cardinal second baseman has now hit in six of the last seven contests. Rosey Neill and Maddy Coon recorded back-to-back hits in the bottom of the seventh to round out Stanford's three-hit offensive effort.
Arizona State was led by third baseman Krista Donnenwirth's 3-for-4 performance. The Sun Devils outhit the Cardinal, 10-3.
Pitching in her first Pac-10 game, freshman Ashley Chinn stuck out six and suffered her first collegiate loss. Sun Devil All-American Katie Burkhart fanned seven in her 11th shutout of the season.
Donnenwirth put the Sun Devils on the board in the second inning, sending Chinn's 1-2 pitch well over the fence in left field. The solo shot, Donnenwirth's ninth blast of the season, gave the visiting Sun Devils an early 1-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Arizona State pushed an unearned run across, boosting its lead to 2-0. Shortstop Rhiannon Baca cracked a one-out single, and was bunted to second by Jessica Mapes. With two outs, a Cardinal error put runners at the corners and the run came in on an ensuing single up the middle by Mindy Cowles.
In the fifth inning, another Sun Devil homerun extended the lead further. A single by Donnenwirth put a runner on for Katie Crabb, and the Arizona State first baseman ripped the team's second homerun of the day over the left field wall.
The Sun Devils were back at it in the sixth, belting one final homerun to put the game out of reach. A walk put a runner on for clean-up hitter Kristen Miller, and the ASU catcher put a homerun just inside the left field foul pole.
Stanford will close out the opening weekend of conference play tomorrow, taking on the Sun Devils in a contest set to start at noon at Smith Family Stadium.
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