NCAA Championship Notebook - 5/22/08

May 22, 2008

The Stanford softball team began its fourth road trip in as many weeks on Thursday. The team has been on the road since Apr. 27, playing in Oregon, Arizona and Massachusetts over the last three weeks. This week's expedition? A trip to College Station, Texas for NCAA Super Regionals!

The team left the Farm early Thursday morning and arrived to the humidity of Houston later in the evening. The team went from the airport to Missouri City, the home of its one native Texan, senior Erin Howe. There, the team got a chance to try tasty Texas barbecue, compare golf swings on the nearby fairway and settle down for a little Grey's Anatomy.

The Cardinal will take on Texas A&M Saturday night at 8 p.m. (CT) at the Aggie Softball Complex in College Station live on ESPNU.

Check out the latest photos to follow the Cardinal's journey so far:

Day 1 Photo Gallery

What To Watch For At The College Station Super Regional:

• Junior pitcher Missy Penna needs just two more strikeouts to reach 900 for her career. Penna would be just the second player in school history to record 900 K's in her career.

• Stanford is one win away from reaching 50 on the year, and would be just the second squad in school history to hit the milestone. The 2001 team that holds the school win record won 54 games, advanced to the Women's College World Series and finished third nationally. Stanford's 49 wins match the 2004 team for the second most in school history.

• Stanford has beat 14 opponents by eight or more runs this season. Every time the team run-rules an opponent from now on, a new school record is set (previous was 13 run-rules in 2005 and 1999).

• Rosey Neill matched the school's single-season record for homeruns against UMass last Sunday (19), and needs just one more to have the record all to herself. Teammate Michelle Smith hit 19 homers as a freshman in 2005.

• Senior Michelle Smith needs just one more homerun to become the second player in school history to hit 40 in her career. Over her four years at Stanford, Smith has hit more homers than anyone but Olympic gold medalist Jessica Mendoza.

• With every walk, Maddy Coon is setting a new program record for single-season walks. She broke the previous record (33) on Mar. 29 and now has 47 in 2008. As a team, Stanford has walked more times than any team in school history (243). Still just a junior, Coon is 10 walks short of matching Sarah Beeson's school career record (115).

• Alissa Haber needs just four more hits to reach 80 on the year. Only two players in school history, Jessica Mendoza and Jackie Rinehart, have accomplished that feat.

• Alissa Haber, who leads Stanford with 16 doubles this year, is already on Stanford's single-season top-10 list. She needs just two more doubles to find herself among the school's career top-10 in the category as just a sophomore.

• Tricia Aggabao, Maddy Coon and Alissa Haber all have scored more than 40 runs this season. Haber (48) and Coon (45) both already own spots on the school's single-season top-10 chart, while Aggabao (42) is right on the verge of making the list. If any of the players hit 50 runs, they would be just the fifth player in school history to do so.

• Junior pitcher Missy Penna has already set a new individual school record with 411 K's this season. Stanford's entire pitching staff could hit another milestone this weekend. Combined, Penna, Becky McCullough and Ashley Chinn have fanned 500 batters. They need to strike out just 12 more to match a school single-season record.

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