Hansen Paces Stanford In Win No. 40
April 25, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman Ashley Hansen had three hits and drove in three runs, pacing the Cardinal softball team (40-6, 9-5 Pac-10) as it secured its 11th 40-win season today at Smith Family Stadium. Stanford recorded nine hits and topped Oregon State, 6-3, to take the series between the two teams for the second straight year.
It marked the 11th time in 13 seasons under head coach John Rittman that the Cardinal has reached 40 wins. The Cardinal is now 40-6 on the year with a 9-5 mark in Pac-10 play. Oregon State drops to an even 24-24 with a 3-11 conference record.
Hansen was 3-for-4 on the day with a double, three RBI and two runs scored. Juniors Shannon Koplitz and Alissa Haber each had two-hit games. The team's nine hits were rounded out by singles off the bats of Maddy Coon and Sarah Hassman.
Hansen's double was her 16th of the year, the most ever by a Cardinal freshman and one of the top-10 totals in school history.
Oregon State's offense came mostly from designated player Audrey Roderfeld, who was 2-for-2 with a double and a solo home run. The Beavers managed six hits in the game.
Senior Missy Penna (28-4) earned the win in the circle for the Cardinal, her 28th of the year. She struck out five, allowed six hits and three earned runs. Oregon State freshman Paige Hall (14-10) took the loss after allowing six earned runs on nine hits.
Stanford started early, as the first four Cardinal batters put three hits on the board. After Haber walked, Hansen, Koplitz and Coon singled to left field in succession, putting Stanford's first run of the game on the board. Later in the inning, Melisa Koutz drew a bases-loaded walk to put Stanford up 2-0, but the Cardinal left the bases loaded.
Roderfeld hit her solo home run to lead off the second inning and make it 2-1, but Stanford brought more offense to increase its lead right away. Hassman started things with a walk and advanced on an infield single by Haber. Hansen then came through and ripped a two-run double to center field, pushing Stanford's lead out to 4-1. Koplitz singled on the next at bat to score Hansen and make it 5-1.
The Beavers chipped away from there, meanwhile buckling down defensively to stay in the game. With one out in the fourth, Roderfeld doubled to left center and took third on a Stanford error. One run scored on an ensuing single by Stefanie Ewing and pinch runner Kellie Roberts later scored on a single by DeAnn Young.
After her team trimmed the lead to 5-3, Hall buckled down an retired eight consecutive Stanford batters. Hassman finally put Stanford back on track with an infield single in the sixth, and Haber and Hansen rallied behind her to generate another run. Haber singled through the left side to put Hassman in scoring position and the speedy freshman beat the throw to the plate on a short single by Hansen.
Stanford will look to finish a sweep of the Beavers tomorrow, with the final game of the series set for noon at Smith Family Stadium.