Thursday Notebook - 3/27/08
March 27, 2008
A sweep this weekend would give Head Coach John Rittman his 500th career win. Rittman is 497-226-3 (.687) for his career.
Stanford has yet to be shut out this season, and looks to continue to build on its program-record 34 game streak. The previous record was set by the 2002 squad, which scored in 27 straight games between Feb. 24 and Apr. 13. The longest season-opening scoring streak was 20 games in 2005.
Stanford has beat 12 opponents by eight or more runs this season. The team needs to run-rule just one more team to match the program record (13) reached in 2005 and 1999.
Stanford is 25-0 when the team scores first, and 16-0 when scoring in the first inning. The Cardinal has outhit opponents in 29 of 34 games, scored 5+ runs 22 times and only allowed one opponent 5+ runs.
Stanford enters the weekend on a 12-game winning streak. If the team sweeps, it will match its longest streak of the season and second-longest in program history.
Missy Penna needs just 12 strikeouts to reach the 700 career mark. She will be just the second player in program history to do so. She needs just two wins to hit 70 for her career.
Tricia Aggabao needs just one doubles to double her previous career double total this season alone.
Rosey Neill continues her run towards a program record for single-season homeruns. Neill leads the Pac-10 in homeruns with 14, and is just five short of Michelle Smith's program record (19) set in 2005.
Thoughts From Head Coach John Rittman:
'We're very happy about the way that the first half of our season has gone and about the way our team has grown together this year. We have some great chemistry on this team, which has shown on the field. So far, we've gotten some great pitching, are playing some good defense and we're hitting the ball very well right now. With that said, we know that we've got a big challenge ahead of us with the Pac-10 season and we'll have to bring our A-game every day.'
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