Stanford Softball Earns Two Wins At Paradise Softball Classic Friday
Feb. 12, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Cardinal softball team picked up two more wins in the Paradise Softball Classic in Honolulu, Hawai'i on Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Stanford improves to 3-0 with wins over McNeese State, 9-0 in five innings, and Hawai'i, 2-0, to become the No. 1 seed in the tournament for Saturday's games. Both McNeese State and Hawai'i fall to 1-2 on the season.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart earned her first collegiate start in the circle. She struck out five batters in the shutout for her first career win.
Against the Cowgirls, the Cardinal came out with its bats swinging as senior Alissa Haber led off with a solo home run to start the game. Next up, sophomore Ashley Hansen singled in her first at-bat and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Senior Shannon Koplitz put runners on the corners with a single to left field. That brought up Melisa Koutz, who reached on a fielder's choice, but Hansen scored on a throwing error by the short stop for a 2-0 Cardinal lead.
The scoring continued in the first as senior Rosey Neill singled to right field bringing home Koplitz. Burns added to the Stanford lead with a single through the left side, scoring Koutz. Neill registered the final run of the inning for the Cardinal as Sarah Hassman reached on a fielding error by the third baseman. After one, Stanford led 5-0 on five hits.
The Cardinal kept its momentum in the second, registering two more runs. With the bases loaded, Burns tallied her second hit with a single to left field, which scored Hansen and Koplitz, giving her three RBI in the game.
After holding the Cowgirls scoreless in the bottom of the second, Stanford increased its lead to 8-0 in the top of the third. Freshman Jenna Rich hit her first collegiate double, bringing home Hansen for her third run of the contest.
Stanford sealed the win in the fifth inning as Koplitz singled to right field, brining home Haber for the final run of the game. The win was the second straight five inning run-rule victory for the Cardinal.
Stanford then faced Hawai'i in its second game of the day. Junior Ashley Chinn earned the win for the Cardinal to move to 2-0 on the year. Chinn pitched her ninth career shutout, giving up just one hit while striking out X batters.
The first run for the Cardinal came in the top of the fourth inning. Koplitz led off with a single to left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Koutz. It was Burns once again driving in the run with a double to right center field to score Koplitz.
Stanford gave themselves a little breathing room as they took a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning. With two outs, Haber hit a single through the left side to keep the inning alive. Haber stole second base and then Hansen reached on a fielding error by the left fielder, which brought Haber home for the score.
Stanford concludes play at the Paradise Classic Saturday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. The Cardinal will be the No. 1 seed on the final day of the tournament as they take on the four seed, Texas A&M Corpus Christi at Noon HT. Hawai'i and McNeese State will play in the early game at 10 a.m. The winners will compete in the championship game at 4 p.m. HT, while the consolation game will take place at 2 p.m. HT.