Stanford Concludes Sweep In Oregon With 5-2 Win
April 5, 2009
Eugene, Ore. - The Stanford softball team (34-2, 5-1 Pac-10) closed out a weekend sweep in Oregon today, taking down the Ducks, 5-2, at Howe Field in Eugene. The Cardinal, which has now won five consecutive Pac-10 games, took the series from the Ducks for the second straight year and held onto a share of first place in the conferece.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna (24-2) threw her third complete game of the weekend, giving up two earned runs on three hits with five K's. Rookie Sam Skillingstad (9-8) took the loss for Oregon after allowing five runs, three of them earned. She gave up six hits to the Cardinal and struck out six.
Stanford's offense was paced by junior catcher Rosey Neill, who lifted her second home run of the weekend over the fence, had two hits and reached on three of her four plate appearances.
Haber set the offensive tone early with a double to lead off the first inning. Ashley Hansen pushed her to third with a slap to the pitcher and the junior raced in to score on a passed ball. Coon, the school's career walk leader, drew another one with two outs and Neill hammered her second home run of the weekend over the left field fence. It was the team-leading eighth of the year for Neill and the 34th of her career, moving her into a tie for third place on Stanford's all-time list.
The Ducks got two of the runs back right away, using two hits to score a pair in the bottom of the first. With one out, Sari-Jane Jenkins took a Penna pitch over the center field wall to make it 3-1. Junior Neena Bryant drew a full-count walk on the next at bat and later scored when Blair Williamson laced a double down the right field line.
Stanford squeezed another run across in the third inning when Coon and Neill started another two-out rally. Coon singled to right field and Neill followed with a double to right center. With runners at the corners, Melisa Koutz hit a ball to the right side that was mishandled by the Duck second baseman and sent Coon in.
Another two-out error gave Stanford another run in the fourth inning. Sarah Hassman reached on a slap single to the left side, then stole her 11th base of the year. With two outs, Hansen drove a line drive to right field that was dropped, allowing Hassman to come home and make it 5-2.
Stanford returns to Smith Family Stadium for a Thursday contest against rival California this week, with first pitch set for 7 p.m.