Stanford Squeaks Out Another Pac-10 Win
April 12, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - In much less glamorous fashion than last night, the No. 8 Stanford softball team squeaked out another Pac-10 win today at Smith Family Stadium. A first-inning run was all the Cardinal needed to defeat the Oregon Ducks, 1-0, and add one more victory to its season total.
Stanford improves to 36-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pac-10 with the win, while Oregon falls to 26-18, 1-7 Pac-10.
The Cardinal recorded only three hits in the game, two of which were off the bat of catcher Rosey Neill. Junior Maddy Coon walked twice, and scored the game-winning run, while freshman Melisa Koutz delivered the game-winning single up the middle.
Oregon's Sari-Jane Jenkins and Neena Bryant recorded the team's only two hits. Stanford outhit its 33rd opponent of the year, but was held without an extra-base hit for just the second time this year.
In the circle, Cardinal pitcher Missy Penna (25-6) claimed her 25th win of the year, along with her 11th shutout. The junior fanned five Duck batters. Freshman Brittany Rumfelt took the loss, and falls to 4-1.
Stanford senior Michelle Smith registered her 400th career assist in the game, throwing out Jenkins for the first out of the game. She is just the fourth player in program history to reach the milestone, joining Cardinal greats Lauren Lappin, Michelle Schneider and Robin Walker.
Stanford seemed to pick up its offense where it left off in last night's 14-hit rout of Oregon State, with four baserunners in the first inning. With two outs, Coon drew a walk and Neill moved her to second with a single through the left side. Koutz then stepped up with what proved to be the game-winning hit, a chopper just over second base. The hit allowed Coon to score easily from second, and the Cardinal took a 1-0 lead that would last the rest of the afternoon. After Koutz' hit, Erin Howe drew a walk to load the bases, but the line drive up the middle by Smith was nabbed by Duck second baseman Cortney Kivett in end the inning.
The bats on both sides went cold after that, however. Stanford's only other scoring chance came in the third inning, when Coon and Neill got aboard with no outs. Oregon's only legitimate opportunity also came in the third, when the squad put two on with one out. Neill fielded a wild pitch off the backstop, however, and gunned down Ashley Kivett at third base to squelch the threat.
Stanford will play the Ducks again tomorrow, with first pitch set for noon at Smith Family Stadium.