Stanford Completes Weekend Sweep With 2-1 Win Over Oregon
April 13, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 8/8 Stanford softball team edged Oregon today, 2-1, completing a perfect three-game sweep of its conference opponents this weekend. Sophomore Alissa Haber ripped a pivotal double in the third inning, and the Cardinal cruised to its fourth consecutive conference win.
Stanford improves to 37-7 overall and 4-5 in the Pac-10 with the win, while Oregon drops to 26-19 and 1-8 in conference play.
Pitching her third complete game of the weekend, junior Missy Penna struck out 12 Duck batters, including seven of the first nine, to match her season strikeout high for a Pac-10 game. Penna (26-6) allowed just two hits and four Oregon baserunners, and picked up her career-best 26th win of the year. Senior Alicia Cook took the loss for the Ducks and drops to 11-9.
Haber went 2-for-3 to lead the Stanford offense, and the Cardinal outhit the Ducks, 6-2. For Oregon, left fielder Sari-Jane Jenkins reached on all three plate appearances, and scored the Ducks' only run.
Stanford put runners on in all but one inning, but was only able bring someone across in the third. Haber led off with what proved to be a clutch double, and senior Tricia Aggabao followed with what proved to be an equally important bunt single. With runners and the corners and no outs, Aggabao stole her 15th base of the year, a single-season feat bested only by Katherine Hoffman and Olympic gold medalist Jessica Mendoza. Maddy Coon and Rosey Neill registered back-to-back ground outs to the shortstop, but each one allowed a run to score and Stanford took a 2-0 lead.
Oregon took one run back right away, scoring the first earned run of the weekend against Penna. Jenkins took advantage of Penna's only walk of the game, and was bunted to second by Blair Williamson. Center fielder Neena Bryant jumped on the RBI opportunity and chopped and RBI single up the middle.
Stanford will play Santa Clara in a midweek game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium before resuming Pac-10 play. The Cardinal hosts the rival California Golden Bears on Friday and Saturday before heading to Berkeley to wrap up the series on Sunday.
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