Stanford Earns Season's Tenth Shutout Against North Dakota State
March 7, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team struck early, and held on for a decisive 7-0 win over the North Dakota State Bison today in the team's third game of the Stanford Classic. Sophomore Alissa Haber went 3-for-4 with three RBI and her team-leading seventh double of the year, and helped the Cardinal cruise to its 24th win of the year. The Cardinal (24-2) will take on Campbell and Texas Tech in another double-header tomorrow.
Haber continued to produce for the Cardinal on offense, bringing her daily totals up to five hits, three runs and four RBI. Sophomore Rosey Neill recorded two hits, extending her career-long hitting streak to 10 games, and freshman Melisa Koutz went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Stanford recorded 11 hits, posting double-figures for the sixth time this year.
Junior pitcher Missy Penna threw her 14th complete game and earned her 15th win, allowing just two hits and striking out nine Bison batters. The shutout was the seventh for Penna this season and the tenth for the Cardinal squad.
Stanford established its lead early on and never looked back. In the bottom of the first inning, Haber led off with a single, and scored two batters later on a double by Michelle Smith. Neill followed with a chip shot to center field to keep the two-out rally going and collect her 29th RBI of the year.
In the third inning, the Cardinal blew the game open with five runs and five hits. The Bison retired the first two Stanford batters, but Neill started another powerful two-out rally that carried Stanford through its entire order. Neill and Koutz hit back-to-back singles, and Shannon Koplitz walked to load the bases. Erin Howe drilled a ball up the middle to score the first run, and Beardman put down an infield single to score the second. With the bases juiced for Haber, the Cardinal center fielder belted a double to left center field and gave Stanford a 7-0 lead.
The Cardinal onslaught spurred a North Dakota State pitching change in the third inning. Reliever Allison Bakke retired 10 of the 11 Cardinal batters she faced to deny Stanford its tenth win by run-rule.
North Dakota State put runners in scoring position on two occasions, but Penna recorded key outs to hold the Bison off both times. The Bison left seven runners stranded to Stanford's five.
Stanford will play two more games tomorrow, meeting the Campbell Camels in a rematch of Thursday's one-run thriller before taking on Texas Tech. Action at the Stanford Classic begins at 10 a.m. with Stanford's first contest set for 2 p.m.
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