Wildcat Homerun Nips Cardinal In The Eighth
March 28, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - A three-run homerun in the top of the eighth inning lifted the No. 10/10 Arizona Wildcats (24-8, 1-0 Pac-10) to a 4-1 victory over the No. 5/5 Stanford softball team (32-3, 0-1 Pac-10) tonight the teams' 2008 Pac-10 opener. The squads took a 1-1 tie into the eighth inning, but the two-time defending national champion found a way to win, handing the Cardinal just its third loss of the year.
Rosey Neill belted her 22nd career homerun in the fourth inning to generate Stanford's only run. Alissa Haber, Shannon Koplitz and Erin Howe accounted for the three remaining Cardinal hits. Arizona outhit Stanford, 6-4, behind Laine Roth and Brittany Lastrapes' two-hit games.
Missy Penna struck out seven in her third loss of the year. Wildcat pitcher Taryne Mowatt fanned 12, the most against the Cardinal this season, and improves to 13-6.
The Wildcats were on the board first, squeezing a run across on a wild pitch in the third inning. Adrienne Acton drew a walk with one out and moved around to third on a single by Lastrapes and a sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Penna threw a wild pitch to Jenae Leles and Acton came in to score.
The Arizona lead didn't last long, however, as Rosey Neill single-handedly evened the score in the next inning. On the fifth pitch of the Cardinal's half of the fourth, the Stanford catcher took a Mowatt pitch deep over the left field wall for her 15th homerun of the season. With the conference season just underway, Neill's 15 homers rank second only to the 19 teammate Michelle Smith hit in 2005 in the program's single-season record books.
Stanford put a runner in scoring position in the fifth and again in the seventh but was unable to bring either on across. Stanford left eight runners on base to the Wildcats' five.
In the top of the eighth, sophomore designated player Stacie Chambers finally broke the game open, ripping a three-run homerun to right center that gave Arizona a 4-1 lead. Lastrapes put her second single of the game through the right side to lead off the inning, and Leles walked to put two on for the Wildcats. With one out, Chambers crushed the game-winner over the right center field fence.
Stanford returns to the field tomorrow afternoon, taking on the top-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils at 1 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal will close out its opening weekend against the Sun Devils on Sunday at noon.