Ninth-Ranked Cardinal Defeat UCSB And CSUB Saturday
March 27, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team earned two wins, Saturday, at the Stanford Invitational at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal shut out UC Santa Barbara, 7-0, before edging Cal State Bakersfield, 2-1, to improve to 24-4 on the season. The Gauchos fell to 9-20 overall, while the Roadrunners are now 10-18.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart started both games in the circle for the Cardinal, earning both wins to improve to 17-3 on the season. She totaled seven strikeouts, while allowing seven hits and just one run. She also provided some offense against CSUB, hitting a single to left field, and registering two of Stanford's seven runs.
Senior Alissa Haber was 4-5 on the day, including a home run and a triple, to tally an RBI. Second baseman Ashley Hansen had two hits on the day, including a single to left field against the Gauchos which drove in two runs.
Stanford took an early 1-0 lead in the game against UCSB. Haber led off with a single up the middle. She then stole second base to move into scoring position. Freshman Jenna Rich brought Haber home with an RBI double to center field for the early Cardinal advantage.
After the Gauchos were retired in order in the top of the second, Stanford scored another run in the bottom half of the inning for a 2-0 advantage. Senior Rosey Neill led off with a single thought the left side. Junior Autumn Albers entered the game to pinch run for Neill. After Melisa Koutz flew out to right field, Albers advanced to second on a fielding error by UCSB first baseman Jessica Ziegler. Albers scored on a single up the middle by centerfielder Sarah Hassman.
Rich scored Stanford's third run of the game in the bottom of the third inning. The short stop drew a walk to start the inning, and then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. She was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Neill.
Stanford added two more runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to put the game far out of reach for the Gauchos. Freshman Caitlin Breen made her first appearance of the season in the circle for the Cardinal. She faced six batters in two innings, surrendering just one hit.
In the Cardinal's second game of the day, Cal State Bakersfield struck first with a run in the top of the second. Three consecutive singles, including an RBI base-hit to left field by senior Jaimey Kleinsmith, gave the Roadrunners an early 1-0 edge.
Haber tied the game in the bottom of the third when she ripped her fifth home run of the season well over the center field wall. Hansen then singled to right field to put a runner on base for the Cardinal. Koplitz then hit an RBI double, which bounced off the top of the left centerfield wall to fall back in play, to give Stanford the go-ahead run.
The Cardinal will wrap up play at the Stanford Invitational, Sunday, versus Pacific at 1:30 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. Following the contest, Cardinal players will stick around and sign autographs for fans.