Neill's Blast Secures 5-1 Win Over Illinois-Chicago

Feb. 9, 2008

San Diego, Calif. - Sophomore catcher Rosey Neill hit a three-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning, leading the Stanford softball team to a 5-1 win over the Illinois-Chicago Flames today. The Cardinal (2-0) tallied seven hits to earn its second win of the weekend.

Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn picked up the win in her collegiate debut, striking out four and allowing just one run on five hits. Senior third baseman Michelle Smith went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Cardinal offense, and the Cardinal outhit the Flames, 7-5.

Alissa Haber wasted no time getting the Cardinal offense rolling, hitting a ball straight up the middle to lead off the first inning. Maddy Coon walked for the third time in five trips to the plate to put a second runner on, and Smith cracked a ball to center field to drive in Stanford's first run.

In the third inning, Smith tacked another RBI onto her fifth-best total in program history (137). Coon and Neill reached on a walk and an error, respectively, and Smith blasted her first double of the year to right center to put a second run on the board for Stanford.

Neill's three-run blast gave the Cardinal some insurance early in the fifth inning. Tricia Aggabao and Coon singled off of UIC pitcher Sarah Clyne's first two offerings of the inning, and Neill drilled a ball deep over the 225 marker in center field to give Stanford a 5-0 lead.

The Flames used back-to-back hits to put two runners on in the top of the sixth. Freshman Alicia Abbott then hit a sacrifice fly to right field that scored Ashlee Ackerman for UIC's only run of the game.

The Cardinal will play its second game of the double-header at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, meeting Long Beach State in the team's third contest of the University of San Diego Tournament.

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