No. 8/8 Stanford Scores Six To Complete Sweep Of Oregon
May 2, 2008
Eugene, Ore. - The No. 8/8 Cardinal softball team shelled the Oregon Ducks with 11 hits today, scoring six late runs to complete a series sweep. Pitcher Missy Penna threw her 12th shutout and fanned ten as Stanford claimed its 43rd win of 2008, 6-0.
The Cardinal improves to 43-10 overall and evens its record at 8-8 in the Pac-10. Oregon falls to 31-23 overall and 3-12 in conference play.
Stanford's 11 hits marked the team's second best offensive performance in Pac-10 play and its ninth game registering double-digit hits. The Cardinal had some help from the Duck defense as well, however, scoring three unearned runs on five Oregon errors.
Senior third baseman Michelle Smith went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double, while sophomore second baseman Shannon Koplitz recorded her first three-hit game of the year. Senior designated player Erin Howe also had two hits, and Stanford outhit an opponent for the 40th time this season, 11-5. The shutout was the 20th for the Cardinal on the year.
Penna's ten strikeouts marked her 16th double-figure strikeout game this year, and brought her within 21 K's of Dana Sorensen's single-season record (358). Penna is now 31-9 on the year, and has pitched 11 consecutive complete games in conference play.
Oregon's five hits came off the bat of five different players. Melissa Rice took the loss for the Ducks in the circle and falls to 11-10.
Oregon's second of five errors allowed Stanford to begin its late scoring run in the fifth inning. Consecutive two-out singles through the left side by Erin Howe and Rosey Neill put two runners on for Maddy Coon. The Cardinal shortstop tapped a ball through the legs of the Duck second baseman, and pinch runner Michelle Schroeder scored on the play.
In the next inning, Oregon's third error allowed another unearned run to score. Michelle Smith cracked her first of two hits in the game, and reached second on a wild pitch. A sacrifice hit by Anna Beardman moved Smith to second, and the Cardinal third baseman scored on a dropped ball at first base.
In the seventh, the Cardinal broke the game open, scoring four runs on four hits and two more errors. Rice issued a one-out walk to Neill and Coon followed with a double to put runners at second and third. With two outs, Smith stepped up with her second clutch hit of the game, launching a two-RBI double over the head of Oregon left fielder Sari-Jane Jenkins. Shannon Koplitz followed with an infield single, and Smith scored on a throwing error when the Oregon infield tried to throw Koplitz out at first. Koplitz scored on an ensuing single by freshman pinch hitter Brittany Minder.
Stanford swings up to Corvallis looking to clinch the series with the Oregon State Beavers at 3 p.m. tomorrow. The Cardinal will meet the Beavers again on Sunday at noon to conclude the series.