Stanford Falls To Hawai'i In Paradise Softball Classic Championship
Feb. 13, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - The Stanford softball team fell in the championship game of the Paradise Softball Classic to host Hawai'i, 11-5, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Honolulu. The Cardinal drops to 4-1 on the season as the Rainbow Wahine improve to 3-2 on the year.
Hawai'i totaled 13 hits, including four home runs, while holding the Cardinal to eight hits and five runs.
Junior Ashley Chinn started the game in the circle for Stanford, striking out seven batters while giving up 10 hits and six earned runs in six innings of work. Freshman Teagan Gerhart pitched the final inning for the Cardinal. Chinn took the loss, dropping to 2-1 on the season.
The Rainbow Wahine got on the board first as lead-off hitter Kelly Majam singled to start the game and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Alexandra Aguirre then singled to the short stop, Jenna Rich. On the play Rich made an error on the throw, which scored Majam for the early 1-0 Hawai'i lead.
The Cardinal answered in the bottom of the first as Ashley Hansen singled to center field and Shannon Koplitz drew a walk bringing sophomore Maya Burns to the plate. Burns hit her second double of the season to score both Hansen and Koplitz, and give Stanford the 2-1 edge.
Chinn held Hawai'i scoreless in the second, striking out two of the three batters she faced. In the bottom half of the inning, Stanford scored another run to take a 3-1 lead in the game. Melisa Koutz was hit by a pitch and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Senior Alissa Haber put runners on the corners with a single through the right side, setting up Hansen. The sophomore drilled a shot through the left side to bring home Koutz for the score.
The Rainbow Wahine regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning as designated player Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu hit a solo home run to left center field. At the next at-bat, first baseman Amanda Tauali'i singled to right field. Brynne Buchanan entered the game as a pinch runner for Tauali'i. Senior short stop Traci Yoshikawa the stepped up to the plate to blast a two run homer to left field to give Hawai'i a 4-3 advantage.
Hawai'i added a run in the top of the fifth inning as left fielder Alexandra Aguirre hit a solo shot to center field. The Rainbow Wahine kept its momentum in the sixth, scoring another run to increase its lead to 6-3.
The Cardinal wouldn't go away quietly, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth with two outs. Sophomore Jenna Becerra hit a double to left center field to start the rally. Haber walked and Hansen reached on an error by the short stop to put two runners on for Stanford. Rich singled, moving the runners before a throwing error on the first baseman scored Haber. Stanford trailed 6-5 going into the final inning.
Stanford made the pitching change in the seventh inning, bringing in rookie Gerhart. However, the Rainbow Wahine stayed on fire, registering four hits, including a three-run home run to post five runs in the inning and put the game out of reach.
Six Cardinal players were named to the All-Tournament team - Burns, Chinn, Haber, Koplitz, Rosey Neill and Rich.
Stanford returns to The Farm next weekend to host the Stanford Nike Invitational, Feb. 19-21 and Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal will play a double-header Friday, taking on Illinois at 2:30 p.m. and UC Riverside at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, Stanford will face Nevada at 11:15 a.m. and Sacramento State at 1:30 p.m. Stanford will close out the tournament with a showdown with Fresno State on Sunday at 3:45 p.m.