Penna's Record-Breaking Shutout Gives Cardinal 10th Pac-10 Win
April 26, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - With her name already atop nearly every pitching list in the Stanford books, senior ace Missy Penna enhanced her list of accomplishments today. The Miami, Fla. native broke her own school record with her 16th shutout of the season, blanking Oregon State to lift Stanford to 10th Pac-10 win, 4-0.
Penna tossed a one-hitter to improve to 29-4 on the season, fanning seven batters in seven innings of work. The shutout was the 48th of her career, a school record she has been building on since late February. Junior Kelly Dyer gave up 10 hits and four earned runs and dropped to 11-14.
Stanford's 10 hits marked just the second double-digit total for the team in Pac-10 play this season. Junior Alissa Haber led the way with three hits on four tries, and freshmen Ashley Hansen and Sarah Hassman each recorded two hits.
Penna allowed just two Oregon State baserunners - a hit batter and an infield single by McKenna Lowe - and one was quickly gunned down on a double play initiated by Hansen.
After the Cardinal left two runners on in the first inning, sophomore Melisa Koutz opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the second. The long ball was the second of Koutz career and first since hitting one to upset eventual national champion Arizona State last May.
In the third inning, Stanford got two more across to take a 3-0 lead. Hansen hit an infield single to start the rally and moved to second when Shannon Koplitz was hit by a pitch. Maddy Coon pounded an RBI single to center field to score Hansen, and a sacrifice fly by Koutz later scored Koplitz.
Stanford got its final run in the fourth. Designated player Brittany Minder led off with a walk and pinch runner Autumn Albers took second on the first of two Hassman singles. Haber added a short single to load the bases and Koplitz came through with another sacrifice fly that brought Albers in.
Stanford perfect weekend completed season sweeps of both Oregon and Oregon State for the second straight year. Last season marked the first time in school history that the Cardinal swept both teams in the same season.
Stanford plays its final regular-season home series next week, taking on Arizona State and Arizona in a critical conference stretch. Action begins Friday night at 7 p.m. with the rubber game against the Sun Devils. Sunday's contest against Arizona will be the last at home for seniors Penna and Maddy Coon.