Stanford Overcomes LSU In The Seventh Inning, 1-0
Feb. 26, 2006
Palm Springs, Calif. - Anna Beardman's single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted No. 6 Stanford to a 1-0 victory today over No. 25 LSU. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna claimed her eighth victory of the season, striking out three batters in the final two innings after sophomore Becky McCullough pitched over four innings with only one hit.
LSU had a chance to score the first run of the game in the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded, McCullough struck out the Tigers' Stephanie Hill to end the inning. In the bottom of the fourth, senior Lauren Lappin got on base with a double to left center, but Stanford's hitters couldn't bring her home.
Penna entered the game to pitch in the fifth, strking out three batters in the next two innings. Neither team had scored heading into the seventh inning. Two Tiger hitters flied out and another was out on a sacrifice bunt to end the top of the seventh.
Junior leftfielder Jackie Rinehart got on base for the Cardinal in the bottom of the seventh with a double over the shortstop's head. Junior second baseman Lindsey Key was walked to first. Beardman then stepped up and slammed a single to centerfield to score Rinehart and Stanford claimed the win, 1-0.
In just over four innings, McCullough struck out three batters, walked one and allowed only one hit. Penna entered the circle for the final 2.2 innings, also striking out three, walking one and giving up no hits.
Beardman was 1-2 at the plate with the winning RBI. Rinehart was 2-3 with one run scored.
Rinehart led the team in hitting for the weekend with a .579 average, 11 hits, three runs and one RBI. Freshman infielder Maddy Coon had two home runs and collected six RBI in six games. Penna, senior outfielder Catalina Morris and sophomore infielder Michelle Smith had one home run each for the weekend. Penna was 3-1 in the circle, McCullough was 0-1 and senior pitcher Laura Severson was 1-0 at the Palm Springs Classic.
Stanford will travel to the Worth Classic next weekend in Fullerton, Calif. The Cardinal will open the weekend against No. 2 Tennessee on Friday, March 3 (11:15 pm).