Chinn Carries Cardinal To 3-0 Shutout of Illinois State
March 6, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore pitcher Ashley Chinn threw a five-hit shutout today, leading the Stanford softball team (19-1) to its 18th consecutive win. The Cardinal used seven hits to defeat Illinois State, 3-0, in its first game of the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic.
Chinn fanned five batters and improved to 7-0 with her fifth career shutout. Illinois State starter Amber Smith took the loss for the Redbirds.
Stanford's seven hits, which included three doubles, came off the bats of five different players. Left fielder Jessie Buker and catcher Casey Gorrell accounted for four of Illinois State's five hits.
The Cardinal got on the board in the first inning, using hits by Rosey Neill and Maddy Coon to break a scoreless tie. Neill reached on a single to right field and was replaced by Autumn Albers at first base. After a walk pushed Albers into scoring position, senior Maddy Coon stepped up an cracked an RBI single to give Stanford a 1-0 lead.
Stanford added some insurance in the sixth with a pair of doubles by rookies Jenna Becerra and Ashley Hansen. Melisa Koutz walked to lead off the inning and cruised in on Becerra's drive down the left line. Becerra scored three batters later, when Hansen crushed a stand-up double to left.
Stanford returns to the field later today, taking on Penn State in the second game of a doubleheader. The expected start time is approximately 3:45 pm this afternoon.