No. 10/14 Stanford Tops Cal, 8-6
April 6, 2007
Berkeley, Calif. - The No. 10/14 Stanford softball team used ten hits to generate eight runs and picked up an 8-6 win in the second game ofthe series with California today at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley. The Cardinal put runs on the board in four ofthe first five innings and finished on the better side of the high-scoring affair. Stanford improves to 27-8, 3-2 Pac-10with the win, while Cal drops to 24-20, 1-4 Pac-10.
In the first inning, the Cardinal took advantage of early pitching trouble by Golden Bear starter Marissa Drewreyand drew threeconsecutive walks to load the bases for freshman Rosey Neill. After falling behind 0-2, Neill battled back andpounded a double to the gap in right center field. Alissa Haber and Shannon Koplitz scored on the play and Stanfordtook a 2-0 lead.
The Bears answered in their half of the first inning, however, quickly taking a lead of their own. A Cardinalerror, a walk and a single by Bernice Masaniai loaded the bases for third baseman Katie Vickers. Vickersrefused to let the opportunity go to waste and drilled her third homerun of the season to left center field. Thegrand slam reversed the two-run advantage, giving Cal a 4-2 lead.
The Cal lead was short-lived as well, however, as Stanford put up three runs in the top of the second inning. ErinHowe walked to lead off and was replaced at first base by Tricia Aggabao on a fielder's choice. Achop single to the left side by Jackie Rinehart moved Aggabao to second and gave Haber a chance to do some damage.The Cardinal center fielder was up to the task and brought both runners around with her first collegiate triple.Koplitz lofted a sacrifice fly to deep center field on the next at bat to easily score Haber and put Stanford backon top.
Stanford tacked a sixth run on in the fourth inning, boosting the lead back to two runs. Haber notched her secondextra-base hit of the game with adouble to center and Michelle Smith stepped up with a single up the middle to drive her around from second.
Pitcher Missy Penna helped her own cause in the Stanford fifth, sending the second pitch of the inning over the wallin dead center field. Minutes after Penna's solo shot, Howe drilled the second Cardinal triple of the game off ofthe wall in right center and came home on a successful sacrifice fly by Aggabao.
The Golden Bears weren't finished on offense, however. Penna walked designated player Gina Leomiti to start thesixth inning, but struck out the next two batters. Vernae Sevilla then stepped up to the plate with two outs andadded two to the Cal tally with a homerun to right field.
Cal threatened again in the bottom of the seventh after a pair of singles by Alex Sutton and Ericka Racklin. Aninfield grounder moved the runners to second and third for Leomiti, one of the top hitters on the Golden Bear squad.The designated player drilled a shot down the right line, but Howe nabbed the line drive in the air atfirst base and sealed the Cardinal win.
Penna struck out eight on her way to her 19th win of the season. Haber led the Stanford offense with a double, a tripleand two RBI.
Stanford and Cal will be back in Berkeley tomorrow to conclude the series. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. at Levine-FrickeField.
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