Stanford Falls To Top-Ranked Arizona State In 13-Inning Marathon
March 30, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Missy Penna threw 13 innings, matching the longest a pitcher has gone in a single game in school history, and didn't allow a single earned run. The Stanford pitcher threw more than 200 pitches and struck out 12 opposing batters. Yet, the Stanford ace also suffered her fourth loss of the year when the Arizona State Sun Devils scored three unearned runs in the top of the 13th inning and claimed a 3-0 victory.
Stanford drops to 32-5 overall and 0-3 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improve to 39-2, 3-0 Pac-10. Penna is now 21-4, while winning pitcher Katie Burkhart improves to 20-2.
Penna struck out 12 batters in the game for her 11th double-digit strikeout performance of the year. Burkhart and Sun Devil starter Megan Elliott combined for eight strikeouts and ASU's second consecutive shutout win over the Cardinal.
Stanford was outhit by Arizona State, 11-6. Sophomore Alissa Haber recorded her team-leading 14th multi-hit game of the year with two hits. Left fielder Jackie Vasquez went 4-for-6, and hit the game-winning homerun to lead the Sun Devil offense.
Two walks and an infield single by Michelle Smith loaded the bases for the Cardinal in the first inning, but the Sun Devils managed to hold the Cardinal off, stranding the first three Stanford runners. In the second inning, the team left two more aboard, squelching another one of the team's best chances. The team also left runners in scoring position in the sixth, the ninth, the 10th and the 12th innings. In the end, Stanford left 12 runners on base in the game, but Arizona State stranded even more, with 14 stuck on the base paths.
In the top of the 13th, Arizona State finally broke the game open. Pinch hitter Ashley Muenz was hit by a pitch and, with two outs, shortstop Rhiannon Baca reached on an error by the Cardinal infield. Vasquez then stepped up to the plate and drilled a ball over the center field fence to break the deadlock and give ASU a 3-0 lead. Burkhart and the Sun Devil defense held strong in the bottom of the 13th to seal their 39th win of the year.
Stanford will head to Sacramento State on Wednesday for its first game outside the friendly confines of Smith Family Stadium since Mar. 2. The team resumes Pac-10 play at UCLA on Friday, and at Washington on Saturday and Sunday.