Haber's Three Hits Help Stanford Defeat Vermont, 6-1
March 7, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Junior outfielder Alissa Haber added three hits to her impressive season tally, leading the No. 5/6 Stanford softball team (22-1) to a 6-1 win over Vermont tonight at Smith Family Stadium.
Haber was 3-for-4 with two singles and her 44th career double. Six other players recorded hits as well to help Stanford outhit Vermont, 9-6. The Catamounts were led by left fielder Kellin Haley who was 2-for-3 with Vermont's only extra-base hit of the game.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Chinn earned the win for Stanford to improve to 8-0. Chinn struck out 10 in the game, just one short of the career high (11) she established last March.
Stanford has now won 21 consecutive games, a count that has obliterated the previous school record (16). The Cardinal will look to add two more wins and finish out its fourth consecutive undefeated tournament tomorrow, taking on Vermont and UC Davis on the final day of action.
Vermont scored right off the bat, striking first with a pair of singles in the top of the first frame. Outfielder Briana Cassidy dropped an infield single between Chinn and catcher Maya Burns and advanced to second on an ensuing ground out. First baseman Jeanine Connolly picked up the RBI, sending her teammate around with a single up the middle.
Stanford took over the lead at its first opportunity, however, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. Alissa Haber doubled to lead off the inning and Shannon Koplitz walked to put a runner behind her. After both runners advanced on a ground out, Burns tagged a single to the left side that scored both runners.
In the second inning, the Cardinal pushed another run across. Jenna Becerra was hit by a pitch and advanced on consecutive singles by Sarah Hassman and Haber. With the bases loaded, Ashley Hansen sent a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Becerra and pushed the score to 3-1.
A pair of back-to-back doubles added two Stanford runs in the third inning. Rosey Neill hit the first one and scored on another two-base drive by Melisa Koutz. Koutz scored on the third consecutive Cardinal hit, a shot up the middle by Becerra.
Stanford added its last run in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, Haber reached on her third hit of the game. When she stole second, the throw sailed into the outfield and allowed her to take third. Hansen followed with a single that pushed Haber across.
Stanford is back on the field for two more games tomorrow. The Cardinal will meet Vermont in its first game at 11:15 a.m. and UC Davis in its second game at 1:30 p.m. Two-time Olympian and former Stanford great Jessica Mendoza will be signing autographs following Stanford's second game.
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