Stanford Blanks ASU, 8-0, In Five Innings
May 1, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 14 Stanford softball team shut out seventh-ranked Arizona State, 8-0, in five innings, Saturday, at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal improves to 32-13 overall and 5-9 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils drop to 38-11 on the season and 7-7 in the conference.
Freshman Jenna Rich earned the start in the circle for Stanford, pushing her season record to 3-2. She gave up just two hits and one walk in five scoreless innings of play. ASU's Sam Parlich took the loss, dropping to 7-6 on the year.
Rich also led the team offensively, going 3-3 with a double and four RBI. Freshman Alix Van Zandt was 2-3 with two RBI, while senior Alissa Haber added two hits for the Cardinal. Shot stop Ashley Hansen and catcher Rosey Neill both registered an RBI for Stanford.
The Cardinal didn't waste any time putting runs on the board, scoring four in the bottom of the first inning. The Cardinal quickly loaded the bases as Haber and Hansen registered hits and third baseman Shannon Koplitz drew a walk. Clean-up hitter Rich tallied two RBI with a single to center field.
Neill continued the inning for the Cardinal, hitting an RBI single to left field to score Koplitz. Van Zandt, the designated player, knocked in the fourth run of the inning with a single to left field. It marks the first career RBI for the rookie, and just her second hit of the season.
Stanford added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Sophomore Sarah Hassman drew a walk to start the inning and then stole her 20th base of the season, a new single season high for the center fielder. Koplitz was walked for a second time in as many at-bats to put two runners on for the Cardinal. Rich then brought both runners home on a double to left center field, before being thrown out at third to end the inning.
The Cardinal increased its lead to 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning. Second baseman Jenna Becerra reached on a throwing error by ASU short stop Katelyn Boyd. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hassman and then moved to third on an infield single by Haber. Becerra finally crossed home plate on a sacrifice fly to left field by Hansen.
Stanford closed the door on the Sun Devils in the bottom of the fifth inning. Koplitz led off the inning with a single down the left line. Stanford then loaded the bases as Rich singled to left field and sophomore Maya Burns drew a walk, which brought up Van Zandt. The Bellevue, Wash., native ripped her second hit of the game to left field, scoring Koplitz and ending the game for the Cardinal.
The series finale will take place, Sunday, May 2 at Noon at Smith Family Stadium.