No. 5 Cardinal Opens Stanford Invite II With 6-1 Win over Illinois

March 25, 2006

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Stanford, Calif. - The No. 5 Cardinal (23-4) opened the Stanford Invitational II with a 6-1 win over Illinois. Junior Jackie Rinehart was 3-4 at the plate with one run and two RBI, while sophomore Anna Beardman and senior Lauren Lappin were both 2-3 with one run and two RBI. Sophomore Becky McCullough grabbed her sixth win in the circle after striking out four batters.

After one scoreless inning, freshman infielder Missy Penna was walked on base to start the second inning. Sophomore second baseman Tricia Aggabao was hit by a pitch and sophomore Anna Beardman then singled to right field to advance both runners. With the bases loaded, senior centerfielder Catalina Morris singled to shortstop, but Penna was out at home. Lappin stepped up and hit a two RBI single past the third baseman, scoring Aggabao and Beardman. Rinehart later smacked a single to the third baseman, scoring Morris and Stanford ended the inning ahead, 3-0.

Illinois got on the board in the top of the fourth inning. Outfielder Molly Lawhead got on base with a single to left field. Rightfielder Kacey Coonce knocked her home from second base with a hard single to centerfield for an Illini run.

The Cardinal scored two more runs in the fifth inning. Rinehart got things started with a bunt to get on base and later stole second. Penna was then walked to first base. Beardman stepped up and hit a double deep to left center, scoring both Rinehart and Penna. Stanford ended the fifth inning with a 5-1 lead.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Lappin was walked on base and later stole second. Rinehart hit her home with a single to the first baseman. Stanford held Illinois runless in the top of the seventh inning to claim the 6-1 victory.

McCullough improves to 6-2 this season in the circle after striking out four batters, walking none and giving up three hits in five complete innings. Senior Laura Severson finished the final two innings for the Cardinal, allowing only one hit with no walks.

Stanford returns to action this afternoon against Princeton at 3:00 pm.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Illinois............ 000 100 0 -  1  4  0Stanford............ 030 021 X -  6  7  1-----------------------------------------
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