Neill's Four-RBI Night Lifts Stanford Over Wisconsin
March 21, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore Rosey Neill notched four RBI and launched her 11th homerun of the year over the left center field fence, leading the No. 5/5 Cardinal softball team to a 5-1 win over the Wisconsin Badgers in the team's first game back from finals. The Cardinal improves to 28-2 with the win, and will take on Princeton and BYU tomorrow at the Stanford Invitational II.
Neill's three-run homerun and RBI double paced the Cardinal offense. Shannon Koplitz also registered a double for the Cardinal, and Erin Howe and Alissa Haber accounted for the only other Cardinal hits. Stanford outhit Wisconsin, 5-4, doing so for the 26th time this season. The Cardinal also extended its scoring streak to a program-record 30 games.
Junior pitcher Missy Penna struck out 12 batters, including the 650th of her career in the win. She allowed three hits in six innings of work, and picked up her 18th win of the year
After a 12-day break, the Cardinal came out swinging hard in the first inning. On the team's second at bat, senior Tricia Aggabao belted a ball well over the left field fence, but it soared just left of the foul pole. Aggabao later reached on an error, and Maddy Coon walked. Senior Michelle Smith followed with a ball that was hit deep, but the sky ball was caught at the left field fence. On the team's third try, Neill finally made a blast go. The sophomore ripped her 11th long ball of the season over the fence in left center, giving Stanford an early 3-0 lead.
Wisconsin got on the board in the third inning, trimming the Stanford lead to two. Left fielder Valyncia Raphael led off with a walk, and was safe at second on a fielder's choice play. A short single by Theresa Boruta loaded the bases, and Raphael scored on an ensuing wild pitch. With runners on second and third, Penna caught two consecutive batters looking to end the inning and squelch the Badger threat.
In the third inning, Neill slammed another extra-base hit to nab her fourth RBI of the night. Aggabao led off with a walk, and Neill cracked a two-out double to the wall in left center to score her from first.
Stanford added one more insurance run in the sixth inning. Koplitz doubled, and took third when the base was abandoned on a foul out to the left side. Howe stepped up with a two-out single, scoring Koplitz easily from third.
Of note, Coon's first-inning walk moved her into the top-10 on the Stanford single-season chart. The junior leads the team with 27 walks on the year.
Stanford returns to the field tomorrow for two more games at the Stanford Invitational II. The Cardinal plays a doubleheader against Princeton and BYU beginning at 2 p.m.