No. 5 Stanford Downs No. 16 Northwestern, 5-4, In Extra Innings
March 4, 2006
Fullerton, Calif. - After trailing Northwestern through six innings, Stanford hit a double and a home run to tie the game in the seventh inning. Sophomore outfielder Anna Beardman knocked home the winning run in the eighth inning to give the Cardinal a 5-4 victory.
Northwestern scored first with a home run from Tammy Williams over the centerfield fence. Jamie Dotson slammed another home run over the left center fence in the bottom of the second inning to put the Wildcats up, 2-0.
Darcy Sengewald got on base for the Wildcats in the bottom of the third with a single to up the middle. Williams followed with a single to right field. Junior infielder Garland Cooper knocked a single to second base to score Sengewald from second. Northwestern scored again with an RBI single by Sheila McCorkle, scoring Williams. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna struck out the next batter to end the inning.
The Cardinal completed six innings scoreless. Howe knocked a single up the middle to get on base in the top of the seventh and made it to third off of a single by senior outfielder Catalina Morris. Senior infielder Lauren Lappin stepped up with a hit that bounced off the top of the leftfield fence back on to the field, good for a double and scoring Howe. Freshman shortstop Maddy Coon followed with a home run deep over the centerfield fence, scoring Morris and Lappin and tying the score at 4-4. Northwestern brought in senior pitcher Courtnay Foster to pitch for Eileen Canney and end the inning.
With the game tied in the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats' Kristen Amegin knocked a double to left field and Jessica Miller came in to pinch run. Junior infielder Jamie Dotson was intentionally walked to first base. Senior Ashley Crane lined out to Anna Beardman in right field, who assisted the out at second base by Coon and the inning ended, 4-4.
In accordance with the international tiebreaker rule, Rinehart was placed on second to start the eighth inning as the most recent batter. Penna reached on a fielder's choice, with Rinehart remaining at second. Howe then reached on an error by the shortstop, advancing Rinehart and Penna. With the bases loaded, Beardman knocked home Rinehart with a ground out to the second baseman, putting Stanford up, 5-4.
Crane was placed on second base for the Wildcats in the bottom of the eighth inning. Crane advanced to third base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Erin Dyer, but Penna struck out Northwestern's Katie Logan to end the game.
In eight innings, Penna struck out six batters, allowed nine hits and walked five. Penna improves to 10-2 in the circle this year.
Coon was 1-4 at the plate with one run and three RBI. Howe was 2-3 with one run and Lappin was 1-4 with one run and one RBI.
Stanford will play the final game of the Worth Invitational against Cal State Fullerton tomorrow at 3:45 pm.
Score by Innings R H E------------------------------------------Stanford............ 000 000 41 - 5 7 0Northwestern........ 112 000 00 - 4 9 2------------------------------------------
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