Penna Nabs 1,000th K; Cardinal Breaks School Record With 17th Straight Win
March 1, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Senior pitcher Missy Penna joined 10 of the most elite pitchers in Pac-10 history today and carried the Cardinal to a school-record 17th consecutive win. The Cardinal senior up a 7-0 shutout of Cal State Fullerton and nabbed her 1,000th career strikeout along the way.
Stanford's win was its 17th in a row, breaking the previous school record of 16 consecutive wins set in 2002. The team returns home with an 18-1 record and has not lost since the opening day of the season.
Penna fanned the 1,000th batter of her career in the third inning, becoming the first active player in the country to do so. She is just the second player in Stanford history and 11th player in Pac-10 history to accomplish the feat.
Penna fanned six batters and earned her 38th shutout, building on the school record she set last week. The Cardinal ace allowed just two hits, both off the bat of Titan designated player Trina Harrison.
Stanford opened up the game with three consecutive hits, as Haber, Ashley Hansen and Koplitz teamed up to generate two early runs. Haber laid down a bunt single to get herself on, and raced to third after a double down the right line by Hansen. Koplitz stepped up and cracked a single up the middle to send both runners home and give Stanford a 2-0 lead.
In the next inning, Stanford's 13th triple of the year helped the team post another run. Sophomore Melisa Koutz singled to center to put the leadoff runner on, and with two outs, Haber crushed her seventh career triple into the left center field gap.
Stanford scrambled up three more runs in the fourth, sending eight batters to the plate and recording three more hits. Maddy Coon led off with a double to right center, and Koutz added her second single of the game to put another runner aboard. A ground out advanced the runners to second and third, and Sarah Hassman slapped a ball in play that scored the first run. A walk loaded the bases and Hansen grounded a ball to shortstop that scored another run. The third run scored when Koplitz popped her third hit of the game into left field.
Stanford pushed the lead to 7-0 in the top of the sixth. Haber pounded a double to left center, and was driven in three batters later when Rosey Neill poked a single into center field.
Stanford returns home to host the Stanford Louisville Slugger Invitational next weekend. Illinois State, Penn State, Vermont, UC Davis and San Diego State will all compete in the event, which begins Friday at 9 a.m. at Smith Family Stadium. Stanford's first game will be against Illinois State at 1:30 p.m.