Stanford Takes Down Utah State, 9-5
Feb. 14, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford freshman Ashley Hansen led an 11-hit performance, leading the Cardinal to a 9-5 victory over Utah State today at the Campbell/Cartier Classic.
Junior Alissa Haber also went 3-for-5 in the game, and ripped her fifth career triple. The Cardinal outfielder scored three times, including the 100th run of her career.
Senior second baseman Maddy Coon went 2-for-3 with two walks. In the fourth inning, she drew her 115th career walk, tying the school record Sarah Beeson set in 2002, and three innings later, she walked again to break the record. Her three RBI in the game moved her into seventh place in the all-time chart.
Ashley Chinn pitched her second complete game of the year and improved to 2-0. She struck out the 100th batter of her career in the first inning, and moved onto the school's career strikeout list when she struck out the side in the fifth.
Junior Alissa Haber started the Cardinal rally right off the bat, leading off the game with a triple through the right side. Maddy Coon popped a single up the middle to drive her in for Stanford's first run of the game, and two batters later, Shannon Koplitz singled to plate Coon.
In the second inning, Stanford scored four more. Freshman Jenna Becerra, who made her first start at first base in the game, singled to right field on her opening at-bat. Sarah Hassman reached on a Utah State error, before Haber loaded the bases with an infield single. Freshman Ashley Hansen then stepped up and cleared the bases, pounding Stanford's second triple of the game over the head of the Aggie center fielder. Hansen's shot cleared the bases and gave Stanford a 5-0 lead. Hansen scored on the next play, when Coon reached on Utah State's second error of the inning.
Coon's walk, along with a previous Aggie error and Hansen's second hit of the game, loaded the bases for Koplitz. The Cardinal third baseman worked a full count walk to score Haber.
The Aggies broke up Chinn's shutout in the bottom of the fourth inning, picking up two of their three hits back-to-back to score a run. Sophomore catcher Shasta Tyteca singled and scored on a long double by sophomore left fielder Megan McDonald.
Stanford finally moved into position for a run-rule win in the top of the sixth. Hansen started the inning with her second triple of the game, and Coon drove her in with her 40th career double. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, and Coon scored on an infield hit by Becerra to give Stanford the necessary eight-run lead (9-1).
Stanford couldn't hold the margin, however, giving up four runs in the bottom of the sixth to force another inning. With one out, a single, a hit batter and a walk loaded the bases for Aubrie Stroman. Stroman launched a sacrifice fly to center field to score one run and, on the very next at-bat, freshman Rayna Bradshaw homered to left to narrow the gap to 9-5.
Stanford will finish play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic tomorrow morning. The Cardinal, which was originally scheduled to take on UC Santa Barbara, will now take on 24th-ranked San Diego State. First pitch is set for 9 a.m. at the SDSU Softball Complex.