Stanford Softball Announces 2008 Fall Schedule

Sept. 11, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal softball fans can get an early preview of the 2009 Stanford softball team this fall, as the squad hosts four exhibition contests at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.

Play begins Friday, Oct. 24, when the team plays a 5 p.m. doubleheader against Santa Clara. On Sunday, Nov. 2, Stanford will meet Chico State in another doubleheader beginning at noon. Admission is free to all four games.

On Saturday, Oct. 11 at 10 a.m., the Cardinal will host its annual alumni game prior to the Stanford-Arizona homecoming football game.

This spring, the Cardinal returns 11 letterwinners from the 2008 team that went 49-15, posted the second-most wins in school history, and advanced to its third NCAA Super Regional in four years. Included among the returnees are 2008 All-Americans Alissa Haber and Missy Penna, 2008 Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year Rosey Neill and three-time All-Pac-10 pick Maddy Coon.

Head Coach John Rittman, who begins his 13th season on The Farm, has also landed one of the nation's top recruiting classes this season, which includes Ashley Hansen (Tempe, Ariz.), Jenna Becerra (Westlake Village, Calif.), Christina Goswiller (Manhattan Beach, Calif.), Maya Burns (San Francisco, Calif.), Sarah Hassman (Cupertino, Calif.) and Mary Kate Smith (Tampa, Fla.).

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