No. 9 Cardinal Splits Day One Of Stanford Invitational

March 26, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team split its double-header, Friday, on the first day of the Stanford Invitational at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal downed Cal State Bakersfield, 12-0, in five innings before having its eight game winning streak snapped by BYU, 4-2. Stanford is now 22-4, while CSUB drops to 10-17 and BYU improves to 18-7.

Freshman pitcher Teagan Gerhart started both games in the circle for the Cardinal. She totaled 10.0 innings, striking out a combined 13 batters while giving up eight hits and just one walk. The rookie is now 15-3 on the season with a 1.42 ERA.

Against the Roadrunners, senior outfielder Alissa Haber was 3-3, scoring three runs for the Cardinal, while freshman Jenna Rich was 2-3 with a team-best four RBI. Sophomore Maya Burns added two hits and three RBI as Stanford scored 12 runs in the first three innings of the contest.

Stanford didn't waste any time putting runs on the board as it took a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Haber led off with a single to left centerfield and then moved into scoring position with a stolen base as sophomore Ashley Hansen was up to the plate. The second baseman recorded her team-best 11th double of the season to put two runners on base for the Cardinal. Freshman Jenna Rich then hit an RBI single up the middle and then advanced to second on the throw to home plate as Haber scored the first run of the game.

Third baseman Shannon Koplitz continued the bottom of the first with an RBI single of her own, scoring Hansen, and advancing to second on the throw by the defense. Sophomore Maya Burns registered an infield single to score Rich and give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead. After Burns stole second base and senior catcher Rosey Neill drew a walk to load the bases, junior Melisa Koutz doubled to left field to score both Koplitz and Burns for the 5-0 Stanford advantage.

The Cardinal added two runs to its lead in the bottom of the second. Haber led off again, this time with a double to right field. Hansen drew the walk and then Kolitz was hit by CSUB pitcher Shawna Truan to load the bases. Burns then tallied two more RBI as she drove in Haber and Hansen with a single up the middle.

The runs continued to pour in for Stanford in the third inning. Designated player Jenna Becerra led off the inning with a walk and moved into scoring position as centerfielder Sarah Hassman earned a base-hit with a bunt. Haber recorded her third hit of the game, a single to center field, loading the bases once again.

Hansen was walked by Truan, picking up the RBI as Stanford took an 8-0 lead. The inning continued as Rich doubled to the gab in left centerfield, scoring all three runners ahead of her. That brought about a pitching change for the Roadrunners as Katie Chavez took the circle. It did not make a difference, as Koplitz hit an RBI single up the middle to conclude the scoring for Stanford.

The Cardinal also made a pitching change in the game, moving Rich from short stop to pitcher in the top of the fourth. The rookie threw two complete innings, striking out two batters without giving up a hit.

Stanford's second game of the day, against the Cougars of BYU, saw the Cardinal struggle to put runs on the board after taking a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the third, Becerra led off with a bunt and reached first as second baseman Kristin Delahoussaye dropped the ball to commit the error. Hassman registered her lone hit of the game, a single up the middle to put two runners on for the Cardinal. Haber then reached on a fielder's choice as Becerra was out on the force at third. After Hansen drew a walk to load the bases, Rich reached on a fielding error by BYU short stop J.C. Clayton, which scored Hassman. Koplitz drove in Stanford's other run, with an infield single to bring home Haber.

BYU answered by scoring two runs of its own in the top of the fourth. With one runner on, junior catcher Jessica Purcell-Fitu hit a two-run home run over the center field wall to tie the game.

The Cougars added a run in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, while holding the Cardinal scoreless for the remaining of the contest for the 4-2 win.

The Cardinal will continue play at the Stanford Invitational, Saturday, with two games at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal will take on UC Santa Barbara at 1:30 p.m. before facing the Roadrunners, again, at 6 p.m.

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