Smith Drives Cardinal To Sweep Of Oregon State
May 4, 2008
Corvallis, Ore. - Senior Michelle Smith stepped up with her third strong performance of the weekend, cracking the game-winning hit and nabbing both of Stanford's RBI in a 2-1 win over Oregon State today at OSU Softball Complex in Corvallis. With the win, the No. 8/8 Cardinal completed a season sweep of the Beavers, and remains tied for third place entering the final weekend of Pac-10 play.
The Cardinal improves to 45-10 overall and 10-8 in the Pac-10, while Oregon State falls to 26-29 overall and 4-14 in conference play. The Cardinal finished off season sweeps of both Oregon schools this weekend, sweeping both schools in the same season for the first time in school history.
Smith continued her already productive weekend with perhaps her best game of the series. The Cardinal third baseman went 2-for-4 with her third extra-base hit of the weekend and two RBI. Stanford topped Oregon State in the hit column, 7-6, outhitting an opponent for the 42nd time this year.
Junior pitcher Missy Penna continued her impressive work in the circle. With five more strikeouts against the Beavers in the game, the Cardinal ace moved within five K's of Dana Sorensen's single-season record (358). With a 33-9 record, she is one win short of Sorensen's single-season win record as well. Penna has now thrown 13 consecutive complete games in conference play.
Sophomore Kelly Dyer took the loss for the Beavers and falls to 17-23. Freshman Erin Guzy went 3-for-3 and reached on all four plate to lead OSU's offense.
Stanford registered three of its seven hits in the fourth inning to push its first run across. Rosey Neill singled to left field, and her pinch runner, sophomore Michelle Schroeder, slid in safely at second on a fielder's choice off the bat of Maddy Coon. Smith then stepped up with her first of two clutch hits, ripping a single up the middle that scored Schroeder from second.
Oregon State wouldn't let the Cardinal off easily, however, as Audrey Roderfeld crushed a homerun in the sixth inning that tied the game.
Despite a double by Alissa Haber in the seventh, the Cardinal couldn't score and the team went to its sixth extra-inning contest of the year.
In the top of the eighth, the Beavers recorded two quick outs before Stanford rallied for the game-winning run. Coon drew a five-pitch walk, and stole second three pitches into Smith's fourth at bat of the day. With Coon in scoring position, Smith battled to a full count, and then drove Dyer's offering off the fence in left field for a stand-up double.
Penna allowed the Beavers one hit in the bottom of the eighth, but, backed by another strong defensive effort by her teammates, held on for the win.
The Cardinal will finish the regular season in Arizona next week, taking on the No. 1/2 Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday night, and the No. 10/12 Arizona Wildcats Friday and Saturday. The NCAA Selection Show will air Sunday, May 11 at approximately 7 p.m. (PT) on ESPNU and ESPNews.