Stanford Cruises In 11-Hit Romp Of Western Kentucky
Feb. 21, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Junior outfielder Alissa Haber went a perfect 4-for-4 with two extra-base hits, leading the Stanford softball team (11-1) to a 10-3 rout of Western Kentucky (6-3) in its third game of the Stanford Nike Invitational.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Chinn (3-0) picked up the win in the circle, posting five K's while allowing five hits and two earned runs. Senior Jennifer Kempf (2-2) took the loss for the Hilltoppers.
Stanford freshman Maya Burns also had an impressive outing, doubling her career hit total with three four at-bats. Burns also had three RBI in the game, while Rosey Neill went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs.
Senior Terri Ellingsworth went 2-for-3 to pace the Hilltoppers. Stanford outhit Western Kentucky, 11-5.
Stanford came to life early in the game, as six of the team's first seven batters reached base. Haber jumpstarted the offense with her sixth career triple, and scored when Ashley Hansen poked a single up the middle. After Kempf's first walk, the Hilltoppers turned a double play that broke up the Stanford rally. A wild pitch sent Shannon Koplitz to third, however, and Burns drove a single through the left side to allow the junior to score.
In the second inning, Stanford piled on four more runs. Haber once again started the Cardinal off with a hit, and a ground ball moved her to second with two outs. With Koplitz at bat, Haber stole third and cruised home on an errant throw. Koplitz took a walk on the at-bat, and scored on a double by Neill. Burns drove Neill in with the second straight Cardinal hit off the wall and later scored on Western Kentucky's second throwing error of the inning.
The Hilltoppers capitalized on a pair of Stanford errors in the fifth inning to score three runs and narrow their deficit to just three runs, 6-3. Senior Rebecca Horesky reached on a Stanford fielding error, and scored after back-to-back singles up the middle by Ellingsworth and Sam Cronk. Junior Shannon Smith drove a shot down the line in left field to score Ellingsworth on the next play. Cronk moved to third on the play, and scored on Stanford's second error of the inning.
Stanford would have nothing of a close game, however, and rallied to push its lead to 10-3 by the end of the fifth inning. With one out, Jenna Becerra and Sarah Hassman reached on a walk and a single. Haber then stepped up with her fourth hit of the day, driving a double down the left line that scored Becerra. Hassman scored on an ensuing ground out, and Haber came in on a single by Neill. Burns followed with her third RBI of the game to score Stanford's final run, pushing Koplitz across after the junior drew a walk.
Next, Stanford will play Notre Dame for the second time in two days. The Cardinal and the Fighting Irish are set to begin play at approximately 2:30 p.m. this afternoon.
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