Penna Blanks San Diego State For 40th Career Shutout

March 7, 2009

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Stanford, Calif. - Senior ace Missy Penna blanked the 40th opponent of her career, leading the No. 5/6 Stanford softball team to a 4-0 victory over San Diego State (10-11) today at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.

The win was the 20th in a row for the Cardinal, which has not lost since the opening day of the season. Stanford is now 21-1 on the year.

Penna (14-1) threw her first one-hitter of the year, allowing only third baseman Christine Kulick the only hit of the game in the third inning. She struck out 10 in her 14th complete game of the year and is the first played in program history to rack up 40 career shutouts. San Diego State's loss went to sophomore Samantha Beasley (5-7), who fanned two and gave up five hits.

Stanford's offense was led by freshman Ashley Hansen, who went 2-for-2 and reached on all three plate appearances. Senior Maddy Coon and freshman Jenna Becerra each hit solo home runs.

Stanford sent eight batters to the plate in the opening inning, but could only manage to plate two runs. With one out, Hansen singled up the middle to get Stanford rolling, and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for Maya Burns. When one of Beasley's pitches to Burns got by the catcher, Hansen raced in to score the first Cardinal run. Burns drilled an RBI single through the left side to make it 2-0, but Stanford couldn't bring any more in. The Cardinal left the bases loaded to strand three of the five runners the team left on base in the game.

Coon single-handedly built on Stanford's lead in the third inning. Coon clocked Beasley's second offering over the wall in left field, marking her second home run of the year and the 25th of her career. Both of Coon's home runs this season have come off of Aztec pitchers.

In the bottom of the sixth, Becerra got a hold of another one of Beasley's pitches. The freshman hammered a line drive over the left field fence for her second career home run, boosting Stanford's lead to 4-0.

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.

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