Cardinal Holds Off Texas Tech, 3-1
March 8, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - The No. 7/9 Stanford softball team added one more win to its impressive 2008 total tonight, taking down Texas Tech in a come-from-behind win at the Stanford Classic, 3-1. Senior Michelle Smith put the tying run on in the fourth inning, and notched her 164th career RBI to give the team an insurance run an inning later. The Cardinal improves to 26-2 with the win, and will take on College of Charleston in the final game of the tournament tomorrow at noon.
Stanford outhit Texas Tech, 5-3, topping an opponent in the hit column for 24th time this season. Smith, Shannon Koplitz and Erin Howe all reached on two of their three plate appearances to lead the Cardinal offensively. Junior pitcher Missy Penna improved to 16-2 and struck out nine batters, including her 150th of the season. Junior Alex Watkins took the loss for Texas Tech, falling to 0-1 in her first decision of the year.
Texas Tech was on the board first, using a solo homerun by right fielder Montana Patin to take a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinal answered in the bottom half of the inning, however, and never allowed the Red Raiders to catch up.
Smith walked to lead off the inning and was bunted to second by Rosey Neill. Sophomore Michelle Schroeder entered as a pinch runner, and, with two outs, cruised around from second to tie the game on a single by Melisa Koutz. Koutz reached second on the throw to the plate, and scored on an ensuing single up with middle by Erin Howe.
Stanford added one insurance run in the next inning, taking a 3-1 lead that would hold until the finish. Alissa Haber recorded her eighth double of the year to lead off the inning, and scored on a single to left center by Smith.
Stanford will close out the Stanford Classic against College of Charleston tomorrow at noon. The Cardinal will break for final exams next week and return to the field against Wisconsin on Mar. 21 as part of the Stanford Invitational II.
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