Haber Breaks Record As Stanford Completes Sweep Of Oregon
May 15, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Alissa Haber became Stanford's career doubles leader as the 15th-ranked Stanford softball team earned its first Pac-10 series sweep of the season with a 7-3 win over No. 20 Oregon on Senior Day, Saturday, at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal ends the regular season with a 36-17 overall record and ties for sixth-place in the Pac-10 with the Ducks (33-19) with an 8-13 conference record.
Haber now has 71 career doubles, passing former Stanford-great Jessica Mendoza. She was 3-4 on the day with the double and an RBI while scoring two of Stanford's runs. Senior catcher Rosey Neill was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored, while the Cardinal's this senior Shannon Koplitz also tallied a hit in the final regular season game of her career.
Junior Ashley Chinn earned her third consecutive victory in the circle, pushing her season record to 11-8. She had three strikeouts and gave up five hits and one walk in 7.0 innings. Oregon's Jessica Moore took the loss, dropping to 14-11 on the year.
Stanford took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Haber led off with a double to left center field. After a passed ball by Oregon catcher Ashley Kivett allowed Haber to advance to third, she scored as sophomore Ashley Hansen grounded out to second base.
The Cardinal added another run in the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, Haber registered her second hit of the day, a single to right field, brining home sophomore Maya Burns.
Oregon took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning. Short stop Kelsey Chambers and third baseman Monique Fuiava both hit doubles to put two runners on for the Ducks, setting up second baseman Kaylan Howard. The freshman hit a three-run home run over the left center field wall to give Oregon the one-run advantage.
The Cardinal had an answer for the Ducks in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Melisa Koutz ripped a double to right center field, and then was replaced by pinch runner Autumn Albers. Batting in the eighth hole, sophomore Jenna Becerra hit a two-run shot to right center field to regain the lead for Stanford.
However, the Cardinal wasn't satisfied with just the two runs and the 4-3 lead. Haber tallied her third hit of the afternoon, a single down the right line. She then recorded her 22nd stolen base of the year, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Haber scored as Hansen posted her Pac-10 leading 18th double of the season.
Stanford added another run in both the fifth and sixth innings to increase its lead to 7-3. In the fifth, with the bases loaded, Hassman was hit by a pitch, allowing Neill to cross the plate. In the sixth innings, Neill drove in the run with a single up the middle, scoring Hansen from third.
Stanford will find out its postseason fate tomorrow, when the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNU at 7 p.m. PT.
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