Koplitz Homers Twice To Lead Stanford To Win No. 20
March 6, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Junior infielder Shannon Koplitz homered to left field in back-to-back at-bats, leading the Stanford softball team (20-1) to its 20th win of the year. The Cardinal tallied 10 hits and posted an 8-0 win over Penn State in six innings.
The win was the 19th straight for Stanford, an ongoing school record that the squad took over last Sunday. The win marked the sixth by run-rule for the team this season.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna (13-1) picked up her 13th win of the season, fanning five batters in six innings of work. The shutout built her school-record shutout tally to 39. Freshman Lisa Akamine (3-2) took the loss for Penn State.
Offensively, Stanford collected 10 hits off the bats of seven players. Koplitz was 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBI. Freshman Maya Burns and sophomore Melisa Koutz each recorded two hits. Penna held Penn State to just four hits, two of which came from Akamine.
Stanford began to do damage in the second inning, posting four consecutive hits to take a 2-0 lead. Maddy Coon walked to lead off the inning and Burns followed with her first hit. Rosey Neill picked up an RBI single through the left side to score the first run, and Koutz drove one up the middle to score the second run.
In the third inning, the Cardinal picked up another pair. Coon once again started things off, poking a single to right field to put the first Stanford runner on. After Neill drew a walk, Koutz hammered a two-RBI double down the line in left field.
Koplitz' first home run was a solo shot in the fourth inning that gave Stanford a 5-0 lead. Her second bomb, hit once again to left field, came in the sixth inning with Alissa Haber on base.
After Koplitz' second long ball made it 7-0, Akamine issued two walks and a hit batter to load the bases. Freshman Jenna Becerra drew the walk-off, bases-loaded walk with two outs to end the game in the sixth inning.
Stanford will be back in action at the Stanford Invitational tomorrow, taking on San Diego State and Vermont in a doubleheader that begins at 1:30 p.m.