Late Surge Lifts Stanford To 9-2 Win Over No. 24 San Diego State
Feb. 15, 2009
San Diego, Calif. - After falling behind 2-0 in the second inning, the Stanford softball team (8-1) exploded for nine runs in three innings and topped the No. 24 San Diego State Aztecs on their home field, 9-2. The Cardinal finishes the Campbell/Cartier Classic in San Diego with a perfect 4-0 record and returns home to play its first games at Smith Family Stadium next weekend.
The first four batters in Stanford's lineup - Alissa Haber, Ashley Hansen, Maddy Coon and Rosey Neill - accounted for eight of Stanford's 11 hits and scored six of the team's nine runs. Coon and Neill each hit home runs, while Ashley Hansen extended her streak of multi-hit games to seven games, posting her third triple in two days for one of her two hits.
Freshman Sarah Hassman also had two hits in the game and scored twice.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna (6-1) threw the first six innings, struck out eight Aztecs and allowed just one earned run. San Diego State starter Samantha Beasley (2-2) took the loss after allowing five runs in four innings or work.
San Diego State used a series of choppers to the left side to cause trouble for the Cardinal in the second inning. The first batter, Taryin Casillas, reached on a single behind third base, and the next batter, Ashley Rose, followed with a single to left field. A fielder's choice put runners at the corners, but Penna picked up her fourth strikeout to record the second out. Shortstop Jen Wisneski stepped up with another clutch chopper behind third, allowing the first run to score and Dani Sidoti to take third. On a steal attempt on the next play, a Stanford throw sailed into the outfield and allowed Sidoti to score easily.
Stanford finally strung some hits together in the top of the fourth inning. Hansen tripled for the third time in six at-bats, popping a ball through the gap in left center field. Coon followed with an RBI single to put Stanford on the board. Neill then stepped into the box and crushed Beasley's 1-1 pitch deep over the left field fence to put Stanford in the lead.
The home run was the 30th of Neill's career. She joins four of Stanford's greatest sluggers - Jessica Mendoza `02, Jessica Allister `04, Catalina Morris `06 and Michelle Smith `08 - as the only players in school history to have hit 30 or more career homers.
Stanford blew the game open in the fifth inning, using four hits to bring five more runs across. Freshman Jenna Becerra worked a full-count walk to start the inning and Sarah Hassman followed with a well-placed bunt single. Haber drove Stanford's fourth run in with a single and Hansen continued to produce with a two-RBI drive to right field. With Hansen on first, Coon connected on relief pitcher Bailey Micetich's offering, sending the first home run of her senior year over the fence in left field.
In the sixth inning, Stanford tacked one more on. Hassman led off with her second infield single in as many at-bats and reached second when the Aztec third baseman's throw sailed wide. Haber followed with her 36th career double, scoring Hassman.
The Cardinal returns to The Farm next weekend to play its first home games of 2009. The team opens the Stanford Nike Invitational on Friday, meeting Sacramento State and Notre Dame in a doubleheader beginning at 12:15 p.m.