Chinn No-Hits San Jose State
April 22, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore pitcher Ashley Chinn struck out nine batters and threw a seven-inning no-hitter tonight as Stanford bested San Jose State 3-0 at Smith Family Stadium.
The Cardinal improves to 38-6 with the win, while San Jose State drops to 18-30.
It was the third career no-hitter Chinn, a local Carlmont High School product. She no-hit Princeton and Santa Clara as a rookie last season, and improved to 12-2 on the year with her no-hitter tonight. She is now tied for third place on the school's career no-hitter list behind All-Americans Missy Penna and Dana Sorensen. The shutout was the eighth of her career.
Spartan starter Amanda Pridmore (8-9) went 5.2 innings and took the loss for San Jose State.
Stanford put runners on in every inning, but couldn't bring one in until the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore Melisa Koutz drew Stanford's sixth walk of the night to lead off the inning and was replaced at first base by pinch runner Autumn Albers. Sarah Hassman advanced Albers with a critical two-out single, and a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position for Alissa Haber. Haber drove a two-run double over the head of the Spartan left fielder, sending Albers and Hassman in to score what proved to be the winning runs. Freshman Ashley Hansen followed Haber's double with a double of her own, scoring Haber to make it 3-0.
Stanford posted six hits in the game and drew six walks, but popped up 10 times and left nine runners on base.
Haber was 2-for-3 and reached on three of her four plate appearances to pace the Stanford offense. Her game-winning double was her 18th of year, tying Robin Walker (2002) for fifth place on Stanford's single season list.
San Jose State put five runners on base in the game, accounted for by three walks, a Cardinal error and a wild pitch third strike.
Stanford resumes Pac-10 play against Oregon on Friday night at Smith Family Stadium, with first pitch set for 7 p.m. The Cardinal plays Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.
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