Stanford Caps Perfect Weekend With Win Over College Of Charleston
March 9, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomores Rosey Neill and Alissa Haber each had two hits and the Stanford softball team closed out a perfect 7-0 week today at the against the College of Charleston Cougars. A five-run fifth inning was all the Cardinal needed to capture a 5-0 win and its 12th shutout of the year. The team heads into its finals week break with a 27-2 record.
Cardinal ace Missy Penna earned her 17th win of the year, and had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning, when Kristie Shifflett recorded the Cougars' only hit of the game. Penna struck out four, and shutout an opponent for the eighth time this season.
Haber recorded her team-leading 11th multi-hit game of the year, with two of Stanford's seven hits, while Neill turned in a double and her 17th career homerun. Neill's long ball brought her season total up to 10, a mark which already ranks among the top-10 single-season homerun totals in program history. Stanford outhit College of Charleston, 7-1, and each team left four runners on base.
The Cardinal put its lead-off batter on in three of the first four innings, but couldn't seem to bring a run in. A rally in the fifth inning gave Stanford all the lead it needed, however, to close out its 27th win.
On its third time through the order, Stanford finally caught fire, more than tripling its hit total in the fifth inning alone. With one out, senior Anna Beardman cracked her eighth career triple, moved into fourth place on the program's all-time triples chart and gave Stanford the momentum it needed to pull away. On the next at bat, Haber poked a single by the Cougar second baseman, and gave Stanford the lead. Senior Tricia Aggabao then extended her team-high hitting streak to five games, drilling a ball to left field to put a second runner on for Maddy Coon. Coon stepped up to the challenge and belted her eighth double of the yea r to left center, bringing two more Cardinal runs across. Neill followed with her tenth homerun of the year, a two-run blast that gave the Stanford its 5-0 lead.
The Cardinal breaks next week for final exams and returns to action at the Stanford Invitational II on Mar. 21. The Cardinal will host Wisconsin, Princeton, BYU and East Carolina in its third home tournament of the year.