Gerhart Tosses One-Hitter As Cardinal Blanks Pacific, 6-0
March 28, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman Teagan Gerhart threw a one-hitter, Sunday, as the ninth-ranked Stanford softball team shut out Pacific, 6-0, on the final day of the Stanford Invitational at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal move to 25-4 on the year, while the Tigers fall to 11-17.
Offensively, senior Shannon Koplitz was 2-2 with two RBI, while senior Alissa Haber added two hits, two runs and an RBI. Freshman Jenna Rich added a single and a sacrifice fly for the Cardinal's other RBI.
Gerhart threw a complete-game shutout, striking out seven batters with just one hit and no walks. She improves to 18-3 on the season.
The Cardinal took a 2-0 lead after the first inning. Haber led off with a double up the middle and then second baseman Ashley Hansen drew a walk to put two runners on for Stanford. Rich then moved the runners with a sacrifice bunt, allowing Haber to score on a wild pitch by Pacific's Gabby McDaniel. Koplitz drove in the second run of the game on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Stanford added another run in the bottom of the second inning. Catcher Rosey Neill led off with a single to right field. Junior Autumn Albers entered the game to pinch run for Neill. She moved into scoring position on another wild pitch. From there, Albers advanced to third as junior Melisa Koutz grounded out to the short stop. Sophomore Sarah Hassman was hit by a pitch. On the next batter, Hassman stole second, allowing Albers to steal home for the 3-0 Cardinal lead.
The Tigers held Stanford scoreless in the third, but the Cardinal answered with three runs in the fourth to conclude the scoring. Designated player Jenna Becerra singled to center field and then Hassman drew a walk to place two on for Stanford. Lead-off hitter Haber registered an RBI single through the right side to score Becerra and move Hassman to third. Hansen walked to load the bases and then Hassman scored on Rich's sacrifice fly. Koplitz drove in the final run with a double to left field.
Stanford will now prepare for conference play as it opens the 2010 Pac-10 season at home with a three-game series versus Bay Area rival California. The Cardinal and Bears will begin the series on Thursday, Apr. 1 at 7 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. contest on Friday, and a 1 p.m. finale on Sunday. All three games will take place at Smith Family Stadium.