Stanford Cruises In 16-Hit Marathon Against UC Riverside
Feb. 28, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - The Stanford softball team (16-1) posted a season-high 16 hits today and finished with a 14-1 rout of UC Riverside (3-11) in the team's third game of the DeMarini Invitational.
With the win, Stanford improved to 16-1 and extended its winning streak to 15 games. The streak matches the second-longest run in school history, which was accomplished at the start of last season. The Cardinal is now just one win short of matching the school's longest streak of all-time.
Stanford's 16 hits came off the bats of eight separate players. Juniors Alissa Haber and Shannon Koplitz led the way with 3-for-4 four performances. Koplitz also led the team with three RBI. Rosey Neill, Maya Burns, Brittany Minder and Ashley Hansen also recorded multi-hit games.
In the circle, sophomore Ashley Chinn improved to 6-0 with a four-hit, six-strikeout performance. Chinn went five innings without allowing an earned run. Starter Stephanie Marshall (0-5) took the loss for UC Riverside.
Stanford scored right off the bat, generating three runs on two hits in the first inning. Hansen put her fifth double of the year into the gap in left center to start things off and advanced to third on a wild pitch. After Neill drew Stanford's first walk of the game, Burns skimmed an RBI single just inside the right field line to put the Cardinal on the board. With Neill at third, Burns stole second and drew an errant throw from UC Riverside catcher Quinn Redman that sent Neill home. Senior Maddy Coon followed with a fly ball that was dropped by the Highlander outfield, scored Burns and put Stanford up 3-0.
The Highlanders' third error of the day allowed another run to score in the third inning. Neill singled with one out, and scored on an error by the UC Riverside infield.
In the fourth inning, Stanford blew the game open, adding five runs to the board before the Highlanders got their first out. The rally started with a pair of walks and a bunt single by Haber, a quick series which loaded the bases for Hansen. The Cardinal freshman came through with a single to drive in two runs, and Koplitz launched second triple of the weekend into the gap in right center to score two more. Koplitz later scored on a wild pitch to Neill.
Stanford exploded for five more runs in the fifth, batting all the way through the order for the second consecutive inning. In her first plate appearance in over a year, senior Missy Penna ripped a single up the middle. Another single by Haber but a second runner on, and with two outs, Penna scored on a short single by Koplitz. Haber came in when Neill doubled to right center, and Koplitz score on an infield single by Burns. Minder popped a ball up the middle to plate Neill and Burns scored on Stanford's fifth consecutive hit - a double to right center by Melisa Koutz.
The Highlanders had four hits in the game, and used two of them to score an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth. A Stanford error put one Kameryn Hebenton on, and back-to-back hits followed by a sacrifice fly drove her in.
Stanford will play its second game of the day at 1:30 p.m., meeting Cal Poly on the lower field at Cal State Fullerton.