Stanford Unleashes 11 Runs On Oregon
April 4, 2009
Eugene, Ore. - The Stanford softball team (33-2, 4-1 Pac-10) routed Oregon today, exploding with its best offensive performance in more than a month. The Cardinal scored 11 runs on 14 hits, besting the Ducks 11-0 for its fourth straight Pac-10 win.
Cardinal pitcher Missy Penna, who opened the week as the nation's shutout leader, blanked her 14th opponent of the season to pull within one of the school record shutout total she posted last year. She struck out 10 and came just one hit short of her first career perfect game.
Senior Maddy Coon led the Stanford offense, going 3-for-3 with two extra-base hits, three runs scored and two RBI.
With a 2-for-3 performance, junior Shannon Koplitz extended her hitting streak to six games. The Cardinal third baseman has now hit in all five Pac-10 contests.
Coon and junior Rosey Neill both homered in the contest, continuing their climbs up the school's career chart. The long ball was the 33rd of Neill's career, putting her in the company of Jessica Mendoza '02, Catalina Morris '06 and Michelle Smith '08 as the four best home run hitters in school history. Coon's round-tripper was the 26th of her career, good for seventh place on the all-time chart.
Reserve catcher Ashley Kivett recorded the only hit for the Ducks, singling up the middle in the third inning.
After its first three batters went down in order in the top of the first inning, the middle of Stanford's lineup began a scoring rally in the second. Senior Maddy Coon led off the frame with her 45th career double, pounding a ball to the corner in left field that tied her for sixth place on the school's all-time chart. With one out, freshman Maya Burns chipped a single up the middle, putting a pair at the corners for Melisa Koutz. Koutz delivered an RBI single to right field to open up the scoring, her first of two hits in the game. Burns advanced to third on the play after a Duck mistake in the outfield and scored on an infield single by Sarah Hassman.
In the third inning, Stanford again got some clutch hits from the middle of the lineup. Singles by Koplitz and Coon put two runners on with one out, but Rumfelt recorded a strikeout for the second out. Maya Burns was hit by a pitch to load the bases, and when the first pitch to Koutz was in the dirt, Koplitz raced in to score. Koutz later put a bloop single into center field, driving in Coon to make it 4-0.
In the fourth inning, Stanford began to display some power, ripping two home runs and cranking its advantage up to 7-0. After Shannon Koplitz put her second single of the day on the board, Coon crushed a line drive over the left field fence. On the next at bat, Rosey Neill took Endicott's 2-2 pitch over the right field wall, her team-leading seventh long ball of the year.
In the seventh inning, Stanford blew the game open even further, scoring four more runs on three more hits. A walk and a hit batter put two runners on to start the inning, and Neill popped a single to left center to score one run. A Duck error loaded the bases and, a second error, a dropped ball on a force at the plate, led to another Cardinal run. The Ducks turned a double play, but another run came in to make it 10-0. Hassman singled up the middle to score Burns and round out the 11-0 score.
Stanford will wrap up its first Pac-10 road weekend tomorrow, looking to take the series from the Ducks for the second straight year. First pitch is scheduled for noon at Howe Field in Eugene.