Stanford Routs East Carolina, 9-0
March 23, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore catcher Rosey Neill belted two of Stanford's three homeruns, carrying the Stanford softball team to a 9-0 rout of the East Carolina Pirates today in the final game of the Stanford Invitational II. The win improves the Cardinal to 31-2 with two more games remaining before the start of the conference season.
Stanford continued its scoring streak, having now stretched its program-best series to 33 straight games. Stanford has also run-ruled 11 opponents this season (three more than last year), and shut out 15 of them.
After leaving two aboard in the first inning, the Cardinal broke loose to score four runs in the second. Neill lifted her fourth homerun in five games to left field on the team's first at bat, and Shannon Koplitz cracked a hit through the left side to extend her hitting streak to four games. Freshman Melisa Koutz followed with walk, and, with two on, senior Howe pegged a ball off the right field foul pole for her first homerun of 2008. The Cardinal went through its entire order in the inning, and tallied four of its nine hits.
In the third inning, Neill again went deep on Stanford's opening at bat, this time belting a ball to right center and giving Stanford a 5-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, the team was back at it, adding four more runs to total and putting itself in position to run-rule its 11th opponent of the year. Anna Beardman was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and reached second when the Pirates mishandled an infield grounder. Beardman scored on Aggabao's third single of the game, and Alissa Haber scored on an ensuing single by Maddy Coon. Aggabao scored on the team's hird consecutive single, this time by Michelle Smith, and Coon scored a few batters later on a wild pitch to Brittany Minder.
Neill's second homerun brought Stanford's team total up to 34 on the year, besting the squad's total from last year before conference play has even begun. The bomb also brought her totals up to 14 homeruns on the season, 21 for her career and four on the weekend. Just a sophomore, Neill now stands tied for second with Jessica Mendoza on the single-season chart and tied for seventh on the Stanford career chart. The game was the second multi-homerun game of Neill's career, as she also accomplished the feat against Oregon last year. It was the 30th multi-homerun game for a Stanford player all-time.
Aggabao's stolen base in the fourth inning, her second of the game, put her in sole possession of ninth place on the Cardinal career stolen bases chart (20). Stanford has now also passed its stolen base total from last year with 37 on the season.
Stanford will play a doubleheader against UC Davis on Wednesday at Smith Family Stadium before opening up conference play at home over the weekend. The team hosts defending national champion Arizona on Friday night at 7 p.m. to kick things off and will face top-ranked Arizona State at 1 p.m. on Saturday and 12 p.m. on Sunday.
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