Mustangs Upset No. 8/9 Cardinal
March 2, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - The Cal Poly Mustangs pulled a 6-2 upset of the No. 8/9 Stanford softball team today, using three homeruns to handStanford its first loss in 13 games. Michelle Smith and Shannon Koplitz blasted a pair of solo homeruns for theCardinal, but the effort was not enough to prevent the loss in the first game of the Worth Classic in Fullerton, Calif.Stanford drops to 14-3 with the loss, and will take on the host Cal State FUllerton Titans tonight at 6 p.m.
Cal Poly's Lisa Modglin put the Mustangs on the board early, sending the fifth pitch of the game over the centerfield fence. A hit batter, a walk and an infield hit by Krysten Cary loaded the bases, but the Cardinal successfullyaverted the Mustang threat and ended the first inning with just a 1-0 deficit.
Smith answered for the Cardinal in the second inning, tying the game at one with her second homerunof the season. The shot over the left center field wall was the 25th of the junior's career, and moved her intofifth place on the program's career homerun chart.
Another Mustang long ball put Cal Poly back in charge in the fifth inning. After an infield single by Cristen Lee,Sarah Iwata homered to left field give her team a 3-1 lead. Two batters later, the Mustangs sent a third ball overthe fence. Shortstop Melissa Pura went deep to right center, and the Cardinal went to the bottom of the fifth down4-1.
In Stanford's half of the inning, the Cardinal loaded the bases with hits by Anna Beardman and Alissa Haber and awalk by Rosey Neill. With two outs and the bases loaded, Smith nearly notched her second homerun of the afternoon,but Jessica Rogers made a catch on the warning track to left field warning track to end the inning.
Koplitz continued the battle of homeruns in the Stanford sixth, pulling the Cardinal within two. The freshman'shomerun to left field was her third in three games. Koplitz, who earned her fourth collegiate start today, nowleads the team with three homeruns on the year.
The Mustangs solidified the win with another pair of runs in the top of the seventh. With runners on first and second,Pura doubled down the left line and scored both, putting Cal pOly up 6-2.
The Mustangs out-hit the Cardinal 9-6. Missy Penna struck out eight in her second loss of the year, and drops to 10-2.