Stanford Edges Long Beach State, 1-0

Feb. 9, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Freshman first baseman Melisa Koutz recorded two hits and helped the Stanford softball team edge Long Beach State today, 1-0. The Cardinal (3-0) scored in the top of the second inning, and held on to the early lead to earn its third win of the weekend.

Stanford scored what proved to be the game-winning run early on, using Koutz's first collegiate hit and smart base-running to take a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Sophomore second baseman Shannon Koplitz walked and was replaced at first base on a fielder's choice by sophomore catcher Rosey Neill. Koutz then drilled a hard drive down the right field line, allowing Neill to cruise into third. With runners at the corners, Koutz stole second and, with a 49er bobble, Neill scored easily on the play.

Penna didn't give up her first hit of 2008 until the bottom of the fourth inning, when 49er senior Lacy Tyler hit a lead-off double down the left field line. Penna finished with six strikeouts and a two-hit shutout, allowing the 49ers just four baserunners.

Koutz's two hits led all players, as the freshman also ripped her first career double in the top of the seventh inning, Stanford outhit the Long Beach State, 6-2.

The Cardinal will face the 49ers again in its final game of the University of San Diego tournament tomorrow. First pitch is set for noon at the USD Softball Complex.

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