Cardinal Rallies to Down Texas State, 10-0

Feb. 23, 2007

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Miami, Fla. - After struggling on offense on the first day of the FIU/Adidas Invitational, the No. 8/11 Cardinal softball teamstepped up and generated 10 runs in the first three innings today, and earned a 10-0 win over Texas State. JuniorMichelle Smith went 3-for-3 and batted in five Stanford runs to lead the Cardinal to its ninth-straight win. Stanfordimproves to 11-2 overall with the victory, while Texas State falls to 5-7.

Stanford jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, after a trio of hits by Maddy Coon, Smith and MissyPenna. Jackie Rinehart was the first to reach base for the Cardinal, after an error by the Bobcat third baseman.Following Coon's single to center field, Rosey Neill walked to load the bases. Smith drove in the first run with ashot to left field and Penna brought home two more with a single to shallow right.

Starting back at the top of the order, Stanford added three more in the second inning. Coon drew a two-out walk andNeill drove her in with her second career double. On the next at bat, Smith, who set the Stanford single-season homerun record in 2005, drilled her first long ball of 2007 over the center field fence. The two-RBI blast added two moreto the tally, and the Cardinal took a 6-0 lead.

In the third inning, the Cardinal tacked on four more runs to take a 10-0 lead. Penna was hit by a pitch to start theinning and Tricia Aggabao followed with her second walk of the afternoon. Anna Beardman singled to bring in Penna andRinehart drew a walk to load the bases. With two out, Neill picked up her team-leading 12th walk of the year along withher 11th RBI. A single by Smith to left field brought in Beardman and Rinehart and completed the Cardinal rally forthe afternoon. The ten Stanford runs were enough to end the game after five innings of play, as Stanford won itsfourth game of the year by eight or more runs.

Missy Penna earned her eighth win of the season in the circle, allowing just two hits in 3.1 innnings.

Stanford resumes play at the FIU/Adidas Invitational tomorrow, facing Purdue at 9 a.m. (ET) and Syracuse at 3 p.m. (ET).The Cardinal will finish the tournament on Sunday, at a time to be announced.

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