Perfect 10: Stanford Beats Wichita State To Improve To 10-0
Feb. 17, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team kept its perfect season in tact today, claiming the Stanford Invitational title with a 2-0 win over Wichita State. Junior shortstop Maddy Coon doubled and scored in the third inning, leading the Cardinal to its tenth win of the year. Stanford (10-0) concluded the weekend having outscored its five tournament opponents, 49-4.
The Cardinal entered the game having run-ruled its previous five opponents, but the Shockers' 2007 All-Midwest Region pitcher Ashly Bright managed to contain the Stanford bats early on. On the second time through the order, however, Coon's decisive double finally put Stanford on the board.
Senior left fielder Tricia Aggabao earned a four-pitch walk to start the bottom of the third inning, before Coon tagged what proved to be the game-winning ball to left center field. Aggabao scored from first base, and Coon stood up at second for her fourth double of the tournament. A sacrifice bunt by senior Michelle Smith brought Coon around to third, and gave freshman Melisa Koutz an RBI opportunity. Koutz, who had already scored two runners via the sacrifice this year, launched a ball to center field to put her weekend RBI tally into double-digits (10). Coon took off on the catch and slid around the tag at the plate to score Stanford's second run of the game.
Wichita State had plenty of chances in the game, but pitcher Missy Penna and the Cardinal defense came up with a number of clutch plays to keep the Shockers scoreless. In the second inning, senior Anna Beardman gunned down Lindsie Mitts from right field, as the Shocker pinch runner tried to score from second. In the fifth inning, the Stanford infield made two crucial plays to strand Shockers at second and third. In the sixth, with runners at the corners and one out, Coon, Shannon Koplitz and Koutz turned a key double play to squelch the final Wichita State threat.
Coon and Alissa Haber recorded Stanford's only two hits of the game, and the Cardinal was outhit for the first time all season, 3-2. Penna struck out five batters, picked up her eighth win and shut out her fifth opponent of the year.
Stanford hits the road this week to compete at the Palm Springs Classic in Cathedral City, Calif. Stanford opens the tournament on Thursday night against Florida Atlantic at 5:30 p.m. The team will also battle Fordham, No. 9/9 Oklahoma, No. -/23 UNLV, No. 18/19 Ohio State and No. -/24 Texas.