Penna No-Hits Kansas In 11-0 Rout
Feb. 7, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Senior ace Missy Penna struck out 13 batters and threw her fifth career no-hitter tonight, leading Stanford (3-1) to an 11-0 thumping of Kansas at the Kajikawa Classic.
Pitching her second game of the day, Penna fanned batters for 13 of Stanford's 15 out and struck out the side three times. The senior's shutout was the 33rd of her career, moving her within two of Becky Blevins' school record.
Offensively, Stanford exploded against a team that had pulled two top-10 upsets in the last 24 hours. Junior Shannon Koplitz went 2-for-2 and scored three times, while freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen was 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Junior outfielder Alissa Haber also had two hits, while junior catcher Rosey Neill lifted her third home run of the day to right center field.
Neill's home run was the 29th of her career, moving her into sole possession of fifth place on Stanford's career chart. Haber's first-inning double moved her onto the school's all-time top-10 list in the category.
Stanford scored on its first chance, using a pair of doubles by Haber and senior Maddy Coon to plate the first run of the game. Haber drove a ball through the left side on the Cardinal's opening at-bat, and Coon pounded a ball all the way to the fence two batters later to send her in.
In the second inning, Stanford broke the game open, running all the way through its order and adding another five runs to its tally. Koplitz was hit by a pitch to start the rally, and after an infield base hit by freshman Sarah Hassman, was driven in by Haber on a single to left field. A Jayhawk error loaded the bases Coon picked up her seventh walk of the year to force in another run. With two outs, Brittany Minder tagged a two-RBI single to right field. Freshman Maya Burns then slipped a single through the left side to score Coon.
With a 6-0 lead at the end of the second, Stanford continued to push. Koplitz registered her first of two singles in the third inning and scored when Hansen crushed her first career double to right center.
Neill moved Stanford into run-rule territory with a solo home run to lead off the fourth. Minder walked soon after, and pinch runner Autumn Albers scored on a single through the right side by Melisa Koutz. After Koplitz' second single of the night, Hansen popped a single up the middle to score both runners.
Stanford finishes play at the Kajikawa Classic tomorrow morning, taking on Central Florida at 11 a.m. (MT) at Farrington Stadium.
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