Stanford Stopped By Texas A&M In Super Regional Opener
May 24, 2008
College Station, Texas - In the opening game of the College Station Super Regional, the Cardinal softball team fell, 6-1, to the Texas A&M Aggies at the Aggie Softball Complex. The Aggies belted two homeruns to account for four runs in the first inning, putting Stanford at a deficit it couldn't recover from.
Stanford falls to 49-14 with the loss, while Texas A&M improves to 53-7. The teams will finish the best-of-three series tomorrow, battling for a trip to the Women's College World Series.
Missy Penna (37-12) went five and two-third innings before being relieved by freshman Ashley Chinn. Penna allowed six hits and struck out three, including the 900th of her career in the fourth inning. Chinn made her first career NCAA appearance, allowing a hit and a walk and retiring two batters. Aggie ace Megan Gibson struck out 10 and allowed three hits to improve to 37-1.
Offensively, sophomore Alissa Haber reached on two of her three plate appearances and scored Stanford's only run. Anna Beardman and Maddy Coon also registered hits for the Cardinal. Junior Holly Ridley went 2-for-3 with two homeruns and five RBI to lead the Aggies. Texas A&M outhit Stanford, 7-3.
Behind a roaring home crowd, Texas A&M was on the board early. On the Aggies' first at bat of the game, freshman Rhiannon Kliesing drilled a Penna pitch over left field wall. After Stanford got its first out, a walk and a Cardinal fielding error put two runners on for Ridley. The Aggie right fielder fouled off three offerings from Penna, then ripped her 1-2 pitch over the left field wall to give Texas A&M a 4-0 lead.
From there, Stanford's settled down defensively, holding the Aggies to just two baserunners over the next three innings. In the fifth, however, Gibson cracked a one-out single to right field, and for the second time of the night, Ridley belted a homerun. The junior's second blast went off the left field foul pole, and extended the Aggie lead to 6-0.
Stanford ended Gibson's 33 and two-third inning shutout streak in the sixth inning. Haber was issued a lead-off walk, and moved to third on a double to the gap in left center Coon. Sophomore Rosey Neill then grounded to second, and drove in her 53rd run of the year. Haber's run was her 49th of the year. She is now one short of becoming the fifth player in school history to score 50 or more runs in a season.
Stanford and Texas A&M will meet again tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (CT). Should Stanford win, the teams will play a second game immediately following, starting at approximately 4:30 p.m. (CT).