Oklahoma State Upends Stanford, 1-0

Feb. 6, 2009

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Tempe, Ariz. - In her senior debut, Cardinal pitcher Missy Penna allowed just two hits, but the No. 9/11Stanford softball team was upset by Oklahoma State, 1-0.

Stanford (1-1) finished its first day of 2009 with a split, after run-ruling McNeese State earlier in the day. The game was the season opener for Oklahoma State.

The Cardinal outhit the Cowgirls, 3-2, and took five walks. The Cardinal left eight runners stranded, however, while Oklahoma State plated one of its two base runners.

Stanford's three hits came from junior Alissa Haber, senior Maddy Coon and freshman Sarah Hassman. Junior pitcher Anna Whiddon claimed the win for the Cowgirls.

Stanford twice left runners on third, leaving one just short of scoring in the first and the fifth innings. In the first, Haber reached third with no outs when the catcher's attempt to catch her stealing sailed into the outfield. In the fifth, Hassman reached on a single, stole second and took third on a fly ball. A deep fly ball to center field ended the inning, however.

Oklahoma State got its first base runner in the fifth inning, when junior Megan Castle doubled off the wall in left field. A sacrifice bunt moved her to third, and with two outs and two strikes on Sam Heinlein, a wild pitch allowed her to score.

Stanford loaded the bases in the sixth, but was again unable to score. Senior Maddy Coon launched a ball to left field, just outside the left field foul pole to start the inning, then singled through the left side. A fielder's choice and a walk loaded the bases with two out, but Stanford couldn't bring the tying run across.

Stanford returns to the field at the Kajikawa Classic tomorrow, taking on Texas Tech and Kansas in games at 1:30 p.m. (MT) and 6:30 p.m. (MT), respectively. Both games will be played at the Tempe Sports Complex.

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