Stanford Tacks On One More Win; Heads to Conference Play 32-2
March 26, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Junior pitcher Missy Penna compensated for the Cardinal's slow offensive night, helping the No. 5/5 Stanford softball team add one more win to its total before Friday's Pac-10 opener. Penna struck out 13 and threw her third one-hitter of the year, helping the Cardinal blank UC Davis, 2-0. Stanford, which has now shut out 16 opponents this year, improves to 32-2.
Aggie pitcher Jessica Hancock fanned nine Cardinal batters, the highest strikeout total against the fifth-ranked squad this season. Penna (21-2) was even better, however, sitting down 13 Aggie batters in her tenth shutout of the year. Penna kept UC Davis hitless until the seventh, when she allowed second baseman Julie Stauder the only hit of the game.
Sophomore outfielder Alissa Haber paced the Cardinal offense, notching in two of Stanford's four hits. Rosey Neill, the defending Pac-10 Player of the Week, reached on all three plate appearances and chipped in an RBI-single. Senior Tricia Aggabao tallied her eighth double of the season in the first inning.
Senior Anna Beardman used her speed on the base paths to score what proved to be the game-winning run in the second inning. The senior reached on a fielder's choice, and stole second during the Cardinal's next at bat. An infield single by Haber moved her to third, and a double-steal play squeezed her across. When Haber took off to steal second, the Aggies cut off the throw and tried to gun Beardman down at the plate. The senior was too quick, however, and slid around the tag to give Stanford a 1-0 lead.
Beardman's two stolen bases in the inning earned her a place among the Cardinal's ten all-time best base-stealers. She now has 19 steals for her career, good for tenth on the school's career list.
Stanford padded its lead in the fifth inning, when its standout sophomore duo tag-teamed to bring in another run. Haber led off with her second single of the game, driving a ball through the middle of the infield. Three batters later, with Haber on second, Neill cracked a single to the gap in left center, allowing the Cardinal center fielder to score easily. Neill's RBI was her team-leading 41st of the season.
The teams played only one game of the originally scheduled doubleheader due to an umpire scheduling conflict.
Stanford will open Pac-10 play on Friday night, taking on two-time defending national champion Arizona at 7 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal will continue the weekend with a pair of home contests against top-ranked Arizona State Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. and noon, respectively.