Macon's 12 Strikeouts Lift No. 25 UW Past No. 7 Stanford, 4-1
April 5, 2008
SEATTLE - Ashlyn Watson hit 3-for-3 and Aleah Macon had 12 strikeouts to lead No. 25 Washington to their second win over a Top 25 opponent in as many days, as the Huskies defeated No. 7 Stanford, 4-1, in a Pac-10 Conference game on Saturday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.
One day after striking out nine in a complete-game win over California, Macon came back and allowed just four hits while striking out 12 in going the distance against the Cardinal. She walked six and gave up just one earned run to improve to 13-5.
The 12 strikeouts matched her career-high she set in a 4-3, nine-inning win over Florida State back on March 21.
Stanford (33-7, 0-5 Pac-10) had just one hit through five innings before Rosey Neill hit her Pac-10 leading 16th home run of the season with one out in the top of the sixth.
The Huskies loaded the bases to start their half of the inning after Bailey Stenson and Marnie Koziol had back-to-back infield singles and Jace Williams walked. With one out, Watson lined a pitch from Missy Pena through the left side of the infield to plate Stenson and Koziol.
Blake brought home Williams, who advanced to third on Watson's single, when she grounded out to Cardinal second baseman Shannon Koplitz.
Washington increased its lead to 4-0 when pinch runner Dru Hester scored from third base on a wild pitch.
Stanford threatened in the sixth after Neill's home run by loading the bases with two outs. But Macon got pinch hitter Brittany Minder to fly out to right field for the final out of the inning.
The Cardinal put runners on first and second in the top of the seventh after Alissa Haber walked and Tricia Aggabao singled to left field. Macon responded, though, by getting Stanford's three, four and five hitters out in order to finish the game.
Watson had three of the Huskies eight hits, while Amanda Fleischman hit 2-for-3 and stole a base.
Penny (22-6) pitched the first four and one-thirds innings for Stanford. She struck out seven while giving up six hits, four runs - all of which were earned - and two walks.
The Huskies and Cardinal play again tomorrow at 12:00 p.m.
Notes: The Huskies have a 34-16 lead in the series and have won three of the past four ... The UW has also won four of the past five in Seattle against Stanford ... The 12 strikeouts by Macon marked the eighth time she has reached double-digits this season ... Washington is 5-5 against opponents ranked in the Top 25 and 2-2 against teams that are in the Top 10.