Stanford Falls In Regular-Season Finale
May 9, 2009
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Stanford softball team was shutout today at No. 2/3 UCLA, losing an 8-0 decision to the Bruins in the regular-season finale.
Stanford finishes the regular season with a 44-9 overall record. The team matched its best conference record since the Pac-10 went to a 21-game schedule in 2000 (13-8) and took fourth place in the league for the second year in a row. UCLA claimed the conference title with its win over Stanford yesterday and closes out the regular season at 41-9 and 16-5 in Pac-10 play.
Stanford, which went into the weekend having scored in 48 consecutive games dating back to Feb. 6, was shutout for the third time this week. The team recorded just two hits to UCLA's 12 in the game.
Bruin sophomore Donna Kerr improved to 18-6 with the win, while Cardinal sophomore Ashley Chinn dropped to 13-3. Both pitchers struck out four opposing batters in the game, but Kerr allowed just two hits and secured her sixth shutout of the season.
Stanford's only two hits of the day were a pair of doubles by Alissa Haber and Ashley Hansen. They were the 21st and 19th doubles of the year for the Cardinal leadoff pair, who entered the week ranked first and second in the Pac-10 in the category. For Haber, the two-base hit moved her within two doubles of Jessica Mendoza's school single-season record (23) and within one hit of the third 80-hit season in school history.
Sophomore center fielder Katie Schroeder was 3-for-3 for UCLA, scored twice and reached on all four of her plate appearances. Freshman Andrea Harrison was 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles.
For the second straight day, an unearned Bruin run broke up an early scoreless battle at Easton Stadium. Schroeder singled to lead off the game, advanced on two infield plays and scored when a fly ball was dropped in the Stanford outfield.
From there, Chinn held UCLA off until the fifth inning, when the Bruins exploded for six runs and blew open the game. Right fielder Amy Crawford started the rally with a single and was bunted to second on the next play. Schroeder drove the first run of the inning in with her third hit in as many at bats, and her teammates followed behind her with three more hits in a row to increase the Bruin lead. Megan Langenfeld drove the third run of the game in with a double to left center and GiOnna DiSalvatore sent two more in with a single up the middle. Kaila Shull later rounded out the six-run fifth inning with a two-run home run over the center field fence.
The Bruins finished off the win in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring one more run to end the game with an eight-run lead. Monica Harrison singled and scored on her sister Andrea's second double of the day.
The Cardinal will find out its postseason fate tomorrow, when the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (PT).