Chinn Throws Second No-Hitter In 12-0 Rout Of Santa Clara
April 15, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman pitcher Ashley Chinn threw her second career no-hitter and the Cardinal backed her with 10 hits and 12 runs tonight as Stanford crushed Santa Clara, 12-0, in five innings. Stanford scored seven of its runs in a 13-batter first inning, and cruised on to its school-record 14th run-rule decision of the year.
Stanford improves to 38-7 with the win, while the Broncos fall to 7-39.
Chinn (11-1) struck out six of the 16 batters she faced, and was perfect through four and two-thirds, when Maggie Godfrey reached on an error and cost her her second career perfect game. It was the second time in Chinn's rookie campaign that she has held an opponent hitless, as she also did so against Princeton on Mar. 22.
On the offensive side, the Cardinal registered 10 hits, posting double-figures for the eighth time this season. The team's run-rule win was its 14th this season, topping the old school record of 13 set in 1999 and 2005. Freshman Brittany Minder clocked her first career homerun over the left field fence in the fourth inning, and joined Maddy Coon as the team leaders with three RBI. Coon also hit a homerun, and went 2-for-3 at the plate, while Alissa Haber and Tricia Aggabao came up with two hits apiece.
Stanford did most of its damage right off the bat, rattling off seven run in the opening inning. Haber and Aggabao reached on back-to-back bunt singles, before Coon drilled her fifth homerun of the season to center field. Rosey Neill reached on an error on the next at bat, and Melisa Koutz replaced her at first base on a fielder's choice. A walk and a single by Michelle Smith loaded the bases, and Shannon Koplitz ripped a two-RBI double to right center. Haber hit another infield single to score Smith, and another hit through the left side by Aggabao scored Koplitz. By the end of the inning, Stanford has sent 13 batters to the plate, scored seven runs and left the bases loaded.
The Cardinal added to its lead in the second inning. Two consecutive walks started another Stanford rally, and another Bronco throwing error allowed Koutz to score from second base. Later in the inning, Koplitz, who had reached on the error, scored on a wild pitch thrown to Aggabao.
In the fourth inning, Minder's first career long ball put an exclamation point on the Cardinal rout. After Haber and Aggabao reached on walks, Minder connected and drove a three-run bomb deep to left field to increase the lead to 12-0.
Stanford will pick up Pac-10 play again on Friday, meeting the California Golden Bears at 7 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. The teams will meet again on the Farm on Saturday at 1 p.m. before heading to Berkeley for the series finale on Sunday at 1 p.m.