Sun Devils Edge Cardinal, 3-2, To Win Series
May 2, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Arizona State softball team edged No. 14 Stanford, 3-2, Sunday, at Smith Family Stadium to capture the series against the Cardinal. Stanford falls to 32-14 overall and 5-10 in the Pac-10, while the Sun Devils improved to 39-11 on the season and 8-7 in the conference.
Junior Ashley Chinn went 5.0 innings for the Cardinal, striking out two batters and giving up three runs on six hits. The Belmont, Calif., native took the loss, dropping to 7-6 on the year. Freshman Jenna Rich threw the final two innings, tallying one strikeout while giving up just one hit and no runs. ASU sophomore Hillary Bach earned the win, improving to 21-4 on the season.
Offensively, Stanford matched ASU's seven hits as both Rich and senior Alissa Haber recorded two on the afternoon. Sophomore Ashley Hansen and freshman Alix Van Zandt each added a double for the Cardinal, while catcher Rosey Neill tallied the final hit.
The Sun Devils scored first, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. With a runner on third, left fielder Caylyn Carlson hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Mandy Urfer.
Stanford tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Shannon Koplitz was hit by ASU pitcher Bach to lead off the inning. Rich then ripped a double off the left field wall to move Koplitz to third. Neill tallied the RBI as she grounded out to second base and Koplitz crossed home plate.
The Cardinal took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Haber singled through the right side to score sophomore Sarah Hassman from second, giving Stanford a 2-1 lead in the game.
However, ASU answered in the top of the sixth, regaining the lead with two runs scored. Stanford threatened with a runner in scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings, but was unable to register a timely hit to bring them around.
Up next, the Cardinal will host Santa Clara on Tuesday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. Stanford will then travel to top-ranked Washington for a three-game conference series, May 7-9, in Seattle.