Stanford Bests Winthrop, Builds Record To 26-1

March 21, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team extended its winning streak to 25 games this afternoon with a 5-1 victory over Winthrop at the Stanford Invitational. Stanford posted nine hits and boosted its 2009 record to 26-1.

The Cardinal was led by freshman Ashley Hansen and senior Maddy Coon who combined for five of the team's nine hits and scored four of the squad's five runs. Hansen was 3-for-4 on the day and score three times, while Coon was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Senior pitcher Missy Penna collected her 101st career win and improved to 17-1 on the year. The Cardinal ace fanned 10 batters, allowed five hits and gave up her first earned run in 54 innings.

Cari Woolridge (1-5) gave up four runs in three innings and took the loss for Winthrop (10-14).

Stanford struck in the first inning, when Coon came up with a big double to spur a two-out rally. Hansen recorded her ninth double of the year to put Stanford's first runner of the game on, and Coon drilled her double to drive her in. After Maya Burns drew a walk, Rosey Neill came up with a shot through the right side, allowing Coon to score easily from second.

The Cardinal added an unearned run in the third inning. Hansen led off with a single through the right side, and was bunted to second by Shannon Koplitz. With two outs, Burns popped up a ball near second base, which was dropped in a collision between the Eagle second baseman and shortstop. Hansen scored on the play, pushing the Stanford lead to 3-0.

In the fourth inning, Jenna Becerra connected on the first pitch she saw, driving her third home run of the year over the left field fence.

Stanford's 4-0 lead was threatened in the sixth inning, however, when the first three Eagle batters of the innings reached. Center fielder Tessa Thomas and right fielder Lisa Kingsmore chopped balls up the middle to put two runners on, and Penna issued a walk to load the bases. Penna struck out Shannon Burke to get the first out, but on the next at-bat, Veronica Berrie launched a double off the wall in right field. Thomas scored on the play, but Coon gunned down Kingsmore at the plate on a relay from the outfield.

The Cardinal rallied to get another run in the bottom of the sixth, and extend the lead to 5-1. Hansen slapped her third hit of the day to the shortstop, stole second and was driven in on a single by Coon.

Stanford will take on Santa Clara in its second game today, which begins at approximately 3:45 p.m.

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