Stanford Edges Washington In Ten Innings
April 25, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - In the Cardinal softball team's fourth extra-inning game of Pac-10 play, the team put together a tenth inning rally to edge the No. 21/22 Washington Huskies, 2-1. Sophomore catcher Rosey Neill drew a walk-off walk in the bottom of the tenth, plating Anna Beardman to win the game. The No. 7/7 Cardinal took the series with the Huskies for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
Stanford improves to 42-8 overall and 7-6 in the Pac-10 with the win, while Washington falls to 25-17-1 and 4-8 in conference play.
Pitching her eighth consecutive complete conference game, Cardinal ace Missy Penna put on another impressive show to earn her 30th win of the year. Penna struck out ten in the game, including the 800th of her career in the fifth inning. The Miami, Fla. native joins three-time All-American Dana Sorensen as the only pitcher in school history to reach 800 K's, and the only pitcher to record a 30+ win season.
Penna improves to 30-7 on the year, while Washington starter Aleah Macon falls to 14-10.
Offensively, Stanford was outhit for the eighth time this season, 7-4, but utilized nine walks to win the game. Sophomore Alissa Haber led the Cardinal with two hits, while Neill and Beardman accounted for the other two. Right fielder Bailey Stenson went 3-for-4 to pace the Huskies.
After putting runners on in each of the first three innings, Stanford finally pushed one across in the fourth. Neill led off with a sharp one-out single down the left line. Pinch runner Michelle Schroeder then was given a series of free passes around the bases. Maddy Coon was nailed by a Macon pitch, Melisa Koutz drew a four-pitch walk to load the bases and senior Michelle Smith worked a full-count, bases-loaded walk to squeeze the run in.
Stanford held the Huskies off until the seventh, when Alyson McWherter brought Washington life with a lead-off single. The sophomore was bunted to second, and reached third when Marnie Koziol chopped an infield single to Penna. With one out and runners at the corners, catcher Alicia Blake drove a fly ball deep to right field. Beardman made the catch at the wall and both runners tagged up. Shannon Koplitz cut the throw and gunned down Koziol at second base to end the inning, but it was ruled that McWherter crossed the plate in time.
Hitless since the fourth, Stanford finally got its bats going in the bottom of the tenth. With one out, Beardman dropped a bunt single, and Haber followed with a single to left on the next pitch. Tricia Aggabao laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners, before Erin Howe was issued a walk to load the bases. Neill, the Pac-10 homerun leader, stepped to the plate with a chance to hit the game-winner, but it was her patience that paid off in the end. The sophomore drew Stanford's second full-count, bases-loaded walk of the game and clinched the team's 42nd win.
Stanford returns to the field tomorrow, taking on No. 4/4 UCLA at 1 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium. The weekend concludes on Sunday, when the Cardinal takes on the Bruins again at noon. Sunday's game is the last regular-season home contest for Stanford, and the team's five seniors will be honored prior to the game.