Chinn Fans 11 To Beat Boston College, 5-1
March 4, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn struck out a career-high 11 batters, and carried the Cardinal softball team to a 5-1 victory over the Boston College Eagles today at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal improves to 21-2 with the win, and will play six more games at the Stanford Classic this week.
Sophomores Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill both belted sixth-inning homeruns to lead the Cardinal offense. Haber went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Senior Tricia Aggabao also had two hits, including one of two Stanford doubles. The Cardinal outhit the Eagles, 9-2.
Chinn went seven innings, pitched her first career two-hitter and improves to 7-0 on the year.
Stanford scored right off the bat, pushing Haber across in the first inning. Haber popped a single through the right side, and moved all the way to third with aggressive base-running on a bunt single by Aggabao. The sophomore scored easily on a sacrifice fly by junior Maddy Coon, giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.
In the Stanford sixth, Neill, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, slammed her ninth homerun of the year over the center field fence. The solo blast gave Stanford a 2-0 lead and extended Neill's season-long hitting streak to seven games. Back-to-back singles by Shannon Koplitz and Erin Howe put two on for Haber later in the inning, and the center fielder ripped her fifth homerun to left field. The three-run bomb gave the Cardinal a 5-0 lead heading.
Boston College came back to score one in the top of the seventh, but that was all the Eagles could muster. Chinn's only walk of the game put Taylor Peyton on, and her pinch runner, Allie Thunstrom, scored on a double by Irene Delagrammatica.
Stanford left runners in scoring position every inning, and stranded three runners at third base. The Cardinal stole three bases in the game, bringing its season total to 28. Aggabao nabbed the first one, moving herself onto the program's all-time top-10 list with 18 career steals.
The Cardinal returns to the field to host the Stanford Classic, Thursday through Sunday, at Smith Family Stadium. Stanford opens the tournament against Campbell at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
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