Stanford Rolls By Santa Clara To Push Streak To 26
March 21, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team (27-1) continued its winning streak today, beating Santa Clara in the second game of a double header, 6-1. The Cardinal has now won 26 consecutive games, an ongoing school record and the longest active streak in the nation.
Junior outfielder Alissa Haber went 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run, and scored three of the six Cardinal runs. Fellow junior Shannon Koplitz recorded two clutch hits in four at-bats and drove in four runs.
Sophomore Ashley Chinn earned the win for Stanford and improved to 10-0. She gave up just three hits in seven innings and gave up one earned run. Starter Kaitlyn Rauschnot (1-11) took the loss for Santa Clara.
Stanford was on the board after sending just two batters to the plate, as Haber and Ashley Hansen hit consecutive doubles to lead off the game.
Stanford struggled to get another run across, however, despite loading the bases with one out in the second.
Santa Clara tied the game in the third inning, after Briana Knight registered the Broncos first hit of the game and drove in a run. Jackie Nicora walked to put a runner on for the Broncos, was bunted to second and came in on a double down the left line by Knight.
Haber jumpstarted the Stanford offense in the fifth inning, however. The junior ripped her fifth home run of the year to lead off the inning. Hansen followed with an infield single, and Maddy Coon walked to extend the rally. Shannon Koplitz then bashed a two-RBI double to right center, giving Stanford a 4-1 lead.
The Cardinal added two more in the sixth. After Sarah Hassman was hit by a pitch, Alissa Haber beat out an infield hit, then raced around to second when the Broncos failed to cover. Coon loaded the bases with her second walk of the day, and Koplitz followed with a two-RBI single that made it 6-1.
Stanford will play Pacific in its final game of the Stanford Invitational tomorrow, with first pitch set for 1:30 p.m.