No. 12/13 Cardinal Claims Stanford Invitational Championship
Feb. 18, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 12/13 Stanford softball team came back from an early deficit and downed the Missouri Tigers in the championship gameof the Stanford Invitational today, 4-1. The Cardinal used a three-run sixth inning to put away the Tigers, and finishedthe tournament with a perfect 5-0 record to improve to 9-2 overall. Missouri finished the tournament 2-3 and falls to 6-6on the year. Stanford in now 22-1 all-time at the first Stanford Invitational.
The Tigers were first on the board, making what would be their only offensive strike in the top of the second inning.With two outs, Julie Silver reached on an infield single and Missouri quickly took advantage of the opportunity. SeniorLeanne Bowers blasted a double to right center that scored Silver, before Missy Penna recorded her second of six strikeoutsto retire the side.
Through the next three innings, the Cardinal struggled at the plate, going without a hit until the bottom of the fifth inning.Freshman Rosey Neill finally put an end to the drought, however, drilling her second home run of the year over the leftcenter field fence to tie the game at 1-1.
In the sixth inning, Stanford came alive on offense, using five-straight hits to score three runs and seal the win.Freshman Alissa Haber singled to left to start the rally, and advanced to third after a passed ball and an infieldsingle by Jackie Rinehart. With two on, sophomore Maddy Coon belted her second home run of the season over thecenter field fence, and put the Cardinal up 4-1.
Penna earned her sixth win of the season in the circle and Coon led the Cardinal with three RBI. Neill recorded herbest game so far this season, going 2-for-2 and driving in her tenth run.
Stanford heads to Miami, Fla. next weekend to participate in the FIU/Adidas Invitational. Action for the Cardinalbegins on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against host Florida International.