Texas Tech Ends Stanford's Season With 6-3 Win
May 22, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team's season came to an end Saturday as Texas Tech defeated the Cardinal, 6-3, in game five of the Stanford Regional at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal finish the season with a 37-19 overall record and a 1-2 mark in NCAA Tournament play.
Texas Tech (38-17) advances to play Hawai'i in the regional championship, Sunday, at 1 p.m. PT. The Red Raiders will need to defeat the Rainbow Wahine twice to advance to a Super Regional.
Stanford's Ashley Chinn took the loss, ending her junior season with a 12-10 record. Her 128.0 innings pitched and 117 strikeouts this season were both career highs. Freshman Jenna Rich replaced Chinn in the second innings. The rookie gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out two batters in 5.0 innings. Texas Tech freshman Ashley Brokeshoulder earned the win, improving to 8-5 on the year.
The Cardinal, the designated visiting team, came out swinging and took a 1-0 lead after one half inning. Haber led off with an infield single. She then stole second base and advanced to third on a throwing error by Texas Tech catcher Randi Tongate. With two outs, Rich singled up the middle to score Haber.
The Red Raiders had an answer in the bottom of the first, scoring three for a two-run advantage. Texas Tech added two more runs in the second inning. Second baseman Logan Hall singled through the left side, scoring two runners, and increasing her team's lead to 5-1.
Neither team was able to score again until the sixth inning. Stanford's Melisa Koutz drew a walk to put a runner on-base. She came home on Becerra's double to right center field. Texas Tech matched the Cardinal in the bottom half of the inning to maintain its four run lead.
Stanford scored one run in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Ashley Hansen, but was unable to pull out the come-from-behind victory.