Penna Shuts Down UC Santa Barbara
Feb. 12, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - On the opening night of the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego, senior pitcher Missy Penna threw her third consecutive shutout and led the Stanford softball team (5-1) to a 4-0 victory over UC Santa Barbara.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna threw her fifth consecutive complete game, and tied Becky Blevins' school record with her 35th career shutout. In the three-hit outing, Penna struck out 13 batters.
Offensively, Stanford was led by junior third baseman Shannon Koplitz, who went 3-for-4 with a double. Freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen also recorded two hits, and, on her 21st birthday, junior Alissa Haber went 2-for-4 with her first home run of the season.
The Gauchos claimed recorded three hits and put four runners in scoring position. Pitcher MeLinda Matsumoto took the team's first loss of the year to drop the squad to 4-1.
After putting runners on in each of the first four innings, Stanford finally scored in the top of the fifth. With one out, Hansen crushed a single to right field and advanced to second when the Gaucho outfield mishandled the ball. On the very next play, senior Maddy Coon launched a ball to center field to score Hansen from second.
In the sixth inning, Stanford struck again, this time using three hits to plate three runs. Koplitz led off the inning with her double, and an ensuing single through the left side by freshman Maya Burns put runners at the corners with one out. Newcomer Jenna Becerra stepped in to pinch hit, and belted a deep sacrifice fly to the wall in center which allowed Koplitz to score.
With Stanford up 2-0, Haber then stepped in and clocked Matsumoto's very first pitch over the right center field fence. Her two-run shot was her first long ball of the year and the 11th of her career.
Stanford returns to the field to play a doubleheader tomorrow, taking on two ranked teams in No. --/24 Long Beach State and No. 24/-- San Diego State beginning at 4:30 p.m.