Stanford Tops Syracuse, Wins 10th Straight
Feb. 24, 2007
Miami, Fla. - The No. 8/11 Stanford softball team registered a season-high 15 hits on its way to a 9-2 win over the Syracuse Orange todayin the team's fourth game of the FIU/Adidas Invitational. Senior Jackie Rinehart was responsible for five of the hits,freshman Rosey Neill notched three RBI and freshman Shannon Koplitz drilled her first career homerun over thecenter field fence. Stanford improves to 13-2 with the win, while Syracuse drops to 1-8.
The Cardinal used a pair of first inning doubles by Maddy Coon and Erin Howe to jump out to an early 2-0 lead.With one out, Rinehart beat out a chopper to the shortstop and wasted no time stealing second base. The stealput the senior in position to score easily on Coon's ensuing double. Howe, who doubled to right center on her openingat bat during the first game of the day, cracked another one to right center and drove Coon in from second base.
In the bottom half of the inning, Syracuse tied the game on a two-run homerun by Rachel Tilford. After Tonye McCorkledrew a lead-off walk, Tilford belted a shot just inside the left field foul pole.
Stanford took back control in the second inning, adding three runs to the team tally. Tricia Aggabao singled up themiddle to start the inning, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Rinehart. After a Coon walk, Neillsingled to score Rinehart and a bloop single by Michelle Smith on the next at bat scored Coon. After just twoinnings, the Cardinal had racked up seven hits and held a 5-2 lead.
In the fourth inning, Stanford took a four-run lead when Alissa Haber scored on a sacrifice fly by Neill. Haberstarted the inning with a single, advanced to second on Rinehart's third hit of the game and moved around tothird on a ground out by Coon. Neill then stepped up and hit a high fly ball to deep right field, which easily scoredHaber.
Stanford tacked on another run in the sixth inning. Haber drew a lead-off walk and advanced to secondon a wild pitch. Rinehart followed with her fourth hit of the game. Both runners advanced on a deepfoul out by Coon. Haber scored her second run of the game when Neill drilled a single to center field. Neillhas now registered a hit in seven of her last eight games and leads the team with 15 RBI.
In the final inning, Stanford extended its lead once more. With Aggabao on first base, Koplitz, who earned her secondcareer start, blasted a ball over the center field fence. The hit was the third of Koplitz's career and marked thefouth homerun this season by a Cardinal freshman.
Rinehart's five hits tied a career-high and marked the second highest single-game hit tally in Cardinal history. TheReno, Nev. native leads Stanford starters with a .388 batting average and 19 hits so far in 2007.
Junior Becky McCullough earned her fourth win, giving up just four hits in her fourth complete game.
Stanford closes out play at the FIU/Adidas Invitational tomorrow, taking on Marist in the final game of the roundrobin at noon (ET). The Cardinal will be looking to claim the tournament championship, with a perfect 5-0 record forthe weekend.