Rich Homers Twice To Lead Stanford Past Cal State Fullerton

March 5, 2010

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FULLERTON, Calif. - The 10th-ranked Stanford softball team spoiled Cal State Fullerton's home opener with a 13-1 five-inning victory, Friday, at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. The Cardinal improves to 14-2, while the Titans fall to 3-14 overall.

Freshman short stop Jenna Rich hit two home runs and a double, tallying five RBI to lead the Cardinal offense. Sophomore right fielder Maya Burns posted her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left field, while senior Alissa Haber hit a solo homer for the Cardinal. Stanford's top six batters each recorded at least one hit in the game.

Freshman Teagan Gerhart earned the start in the circle for Stanford. She threw two scoreless innings and struck out two batters. Junior Ashley Chinn entered the game in the third inning and picked up the win. She tallied four strikeouts and is now 6-1 on the season.

Stanford came out aggressive to start the game. Haber led off with a single up the middle and then scored as second baseman Ashley Hansen hit an RBI double to left center field. Rich mimicked Hansen with an RBI double of her own, also to left center field.

Cal State Fullerton placed two runners on base in the bottom half of the inning, but with two outs, center fielder Sarah Hassman made an incredible diving catch to end the inning and hold the Titans scoreless after one.

The Cardinal increased its lead to 6-0 in the top of the second inning. Batting in the number eight spot, sophomore Jenna Becerra led off in the inning and reached base after being hit by Cal State Fullerton pitcher Ari Cervantes. Haber moved Becerra to second with a single up the middle, brining Hansen to the plate. The second baseman reached on a fielder's choice, but a throwing error on the Titans' short stop Gabby Aragon allowed Becerra to score and put Haber and Hansen on third and second, respectively. The inning continued as Rich, who hit a solo home run in the Cardinal's first game of the day, blasted a three-run bomb to center field to give Stanford the big lead.

Cal State Fullerton registered its first hit of the game in the third inning. Center fielder Torrie Anderson hit a solo home run to left field to end the chance of a Cardinal shutout.

Rich continued her hot streak in the top of the fourth inning. The El Segundo, Calif., native registered her second home run in as many at-bats, giving her three on the day.

Stanford continued to pour in the runs in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Shannon Koplitz hit a hard single up the middle that went through the pitchers legs. She moved to second on an illegal pitch before catcher Rosey Neill hit an RBI double to right center field. The Cardinal continued the rally as Burns recorded a two run homer over the left field fence to put Stanford up 10-1.

Haber joined the party, leading off the top of the fifth with a long ball of her own. Hansen then recorded her second double of the game to move into scoring position. She advanced to third on an illegal pitch and then scored on a wild pitch by Krystal Heinle. Koplitz struck out swinging, but reached on a wild pitch. She then moved to third on two more illegal pitches by Heinle. The Cardinal scored its 13th run as Burns hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Koplitz. The inning ended with Stanford registering three run on two hits.

Stanford will continue play at the DeMarini Invitational, Saturday, with another double-header. The Cardinal will face North Carolina at 1:30 p.m. before taking on Northwestern at 6 p.m.

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