The Road To OKC: Stanford Opens Postseason Play On Home Turf
May 12, 2009
After posting 44 regular-season wins, dominating its non-conference schedule and surviving a run through one of the nation's toughest conferences with a program-best 13-8 record, the No. 5/5 Stanford softball team (44-9) now must put its accomplishments in a back pocket and begin the most exciting part of the season - the NCAA Championship. The eighth-seeded Cardinal has been selected to host an NCAA Regional for the fourth time since 2001 and will welcome Portland State, Cal Poly and Nevada to The Farm to kick off the tournament. Stanford will open regional play against Portland State on Friday at 6 p.m. (PT). No. 22/22 Cal Poly and Nevada will square off in Friday's first game at 3 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
After posting one of the best weekends in school history against the Arizona schools in its final home weekend, the Cardinal suffered a series of setbacks on its most grueling road trip of the year last week. The team, which entered the weekend having scored in 48 consecutive games dating back to opening day, was shut out three times against No. 4/5 Washington and No. 2/3 UCLA. Senior Maddy Coon was Stanford's best bet at the plate in the series, hitting .333 on the weekend.
The Cardinal will be participating in the NCAA Tournament for the 12th consecutive year, dating back to 1998 when the team made its first postseason appearance in John Rittman's second year as head coach. The Cardinal has won five regional titles, and made appearances in the Women's College World Series in 2001 and 2004. The Cardinal has reached a Super Regional three of the last four years, and holds a 28-26 (.519) all-time record in postseason play.
Stanford will be opening the postseason at home for the fourth time since 2001 and, should the team advance, will likely be a Super Regional host as well. The Cardinal is 27-1 at home this year, has six wins over ranked opponents there, 10 wins over the tournament field at home and has outscored its visitors 117-25. Combined, Stanford pitchers Ashley Chinn (0.88 home ERA/7.93 road ERA) and Missy Penna (0.75 home ERA/3.45 road ERA) allow their opponents more than three runs less per game at home than on the road. Historically, Stanford has succeeded when playing postseason games at home as well, owning a 10-6 record in tournament games played at home. Stanford has only held home field advantage all the way through to the World Series twice before - in 2001 and 2004 when the program made its only two trips to Oklahoma City.
STANFORD VS. THE FIELD
The Cardinal is 15-9 against the 2009 tournament field with a 10-1 mark against those tournament teams at home. In addition to the five fellow Pac-10 teams that qualified, Stanford met Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Cal State Fullerton, Cal Poly, Long Beach State and San Diego State earlier this year.
At 13-8, Stanford matched its best conference record since the Pac-10 went to a 21-game schedule in 2000 and posted a winning record in conference play for the sixth time in school history. UCLA claimed the conference crown, while Washington took second place and Arizona edged the Cardinal for third. The Cardinal won its only Pac-10 title in 2005, tying for the conference crown with a 13-8 record. Six Pac-10 teams were awarded bids to this year's NCAA Tournament, with five of the six receiving one of the 16 seeds.
With Stanford's win over Oregon State on April 25, the team secured its 11th 40-win season in 13 years under head coach John Rittman. Rittman and the Cardinal have hit the milestone 11 times in the last 12 years. Stanford was the first team in the Pac-10 to get its 40th win this year. Notably, the Cardinal hit No. 40 before the month of May for just the third time in school history. Last year's squad and the 2001 WCWS team that won a school-record 54 games were the only other Stanford teams to do so.
MISSY FOR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Last week, senior pitcher Missy Penna was named one of 10 finalists for USA Softball's National Player of the Year award. She was the first player in Stanford history to make the top-10 list. The list will be narrowed to three finalists on May 20 and the winner will be announced prior to the start of the Women's College World Series. Junior outfielder Alissa Haber and freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen joined Penna on the 25-player watch list in April, with Hansen the only rookie in the nation to make the list.
SCALING THE POLLS
After losing three games last week, Stanford fell to No. 5 in both major collegiate softball polls. Stanford's season-high No. 2 rank, which the team held as recently as last week, matched the highest in school history. Prior to this season, Stanford had only accomplished that feat twice (both in 2002). The squad was second in both polls for three consecutive weeks earlier this year, holding a No. 2 rank after the start of Pac-10 play for the first time in school history. The Cardinal, which has appeared in every regular-season NFCA poll for more than a decade, has now been in the NFCA top five for 13 straight weeks, the longest streak in program history. Six of the eight Pac-10 schools appear in both polls, with as many as five appearing in the top 10 and three appearing in the top five.
THE BIG STREAK
With Stanford's loss to UCLA on March 27, one of the longest winning streaks in NCAA history, and the longest by the Cardinal program, came to an end. Going into its Pac-10 opener, Stanford had won 28 straight games, tying for the 17th-longest winning streak of all-time. It was the longest single-season run by a Pac-10 team since Arizona (31 games) and Cal (32 games) posted similar streaks early in 2001. Prior to this year, Stanford's longest win streak was 16 games (2002). The team swept five tournaments and went 47 days, 188 innings and 28 games without suffering a loss.
Stanford has scored first in 40 times this year, and only let one of those 40 leads slip away. Of the 13 times that opponents have gotten on the board first, Stanford has come back to win five times. In the first inning, Stanford has scored more times than any other inning (57) and been most likely to keep opponents off the board. In 53 games, Stanford has held opponents to just 10 runs in the opening frame.
Stanford freshman Ashley Hansen, who was the only high school player invited to USA Softball's Olympic Selection Camp in 2007, is having the best rookie season since Stanford's most famous Olympian, Jessica Mendoza, stepped on The Farm exactly a decade ago. Mendoza went on to become a four-time first-team All-American and key player on the USA Team that won a gold medal in Athens in 2004 and a silver medal in Beijing last summer. Here's a look at how Hansen's 2009 season is lining up with Mendoza's 1999 season, when she earned the program's only Pac-10 Freshman of the Year award:
Mendoza has been the only Stanford rookie to hit over .400 (.415). Hansen (.397) is flirting with a .400 year as well.
Mendoza had 81 hits in 62 games in 1999 (1.31 per game). Hansen has 75 hits in 53 games already (1.42 per game).
Mendoza had 13 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and slugged .641 during her rookie season. Hansen already has 19 doubles, five triples and four home runs and is slugging .614.
Mendoza struck out just 22 times in 195 at bats as a freshman (once every 8.9 AB's). Hansen has struck out just 12 times this year in 189 at bats (once every 15.8 AB's).
Mendoza earned Stanford's first national player of the week honor as a freshman on March 8, 1999, after just four weeks of collegiate play. Hansen followed in her footsteps on Feb. 17, 2009, becoming the second Stanford freshman to earn the award (after just her second weekend of collegiate play).
Mendoza was one of 18 first-team All-Americans as a freshman in 1999. On April 1, Hansen was the only freshman among the 25 players named to USA Softball's 2009 Player of the Year Watch List.
THE Missy Penna FILE
LATELY: Penna threw two games last weekend on the Washington/UCLA road trip. Her best performance came Friday, when she threw a four-hitter and allowed just one unearned run in six innings of work.
POTW DOMINATION: Penna has won five Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards this year and boasts nine for her career. She won for sweeping the Oregon schools in late April and, despite not winning the Pac-10 award for her efforts against the Arizona schools two weeks ago, she claimed both National Player of the Week honors. She has now swept the NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week awards twice this season, having also done so after beating then-No. 2 Washington in late March. She is the first player in school history to win both organizations' honors in the same week as well as the first player in school history to earn a national weekly honor twice in the same year.
IN THE NATION: Penna ranks among the top 10 pitchers in the country in three major pitching categories. She ranks fourth in the nation with 17 shutouts, fourth with 31 wins and is seventh with 323 strikeouts.
IN THE PAC-10: Penna ranks second in the league behind Washington's Danielle Lawrie in wins (31), strikeouts (323) and innings pitched (256.1). She ranks third in the conference behind Lawrie and UCLA's Megan Langenfeld with a 1.45 ERA and .175 opposing average.
STRIKEOUT RECORD, CHECK: Penna broke her fourth Stanford career pitching record against Arizona State on April 18, striking out her 1,155th career batter to break Dana Sorensen's strikeout record. Penna now has 1,226 career strikeouts and is in a back-and-forth with Washington's Danielle Lawrie for sixth/seventh place in the Pac-10 record books and 20th/21st in the NCAA record books (Lawrie currently has 1,242). Among the greats Penna has passed on the strikeout list along the way? Two-time Olympian Jennie Finch (1,028).
SHUTOUT RECORD, CHECK: Penna shut out Notre Dame on Feb. 20, nabbing the 36th shutout of her career. With the win, Penna set a new school record, topping the previous top mark set by Becky Blevins a decade ago (35, 1996-99). Since then, Penna has continued to dominate. Her shutout against Arizona State on May 1 built her ongoing school shutout record to 49.
WIN RECORD, CHECK: With her win over Oregon State on April 3, Penna recorded her 106th career victory and passed three-time All-American Dana Sorensen as the winningest pitcher in Stanford history. With 115 career wins to date, she is the seventh-winningest pitcher in Pac-10 history and tied as the 20th winningest of all-time.
INNINGS PITCHED RECORD, CHECK: With her win over Washington on March 29, Penna broke Sorensen's school record for innings pitched. Penna has now thrown 1048.1 innings in her four years on The Farm. That total ranks fourth in Pac-10 history, 30 innings short of third-place Katie Burkhart (Arizona State `08). On April 24, she became the first pitcher at Stanford and the sixth in conference history to throw 1,000 innings.
SINGLE-SEASON RECORDS: Penna shattered her own single-season shutout record on April 26 against Oregon State, and built her new school record up to 17 on May 1 against Arizona State. Penna's 31 wins rank third on the Stanford single-season chart and her 323 K's rank fourth.
SINGLE-GAME STRIKEOUT RECORD: On March 23, Penna shattered the school's single-game strikeout record with 19 K's in a 10-inning win over Cal Poly. The performance bested the school record she set last May - 17 K's at Arizona State.
1,000 AND COUNTING: On March 1, Penna posted her 1,000th career strikeout and joined 10 of the most elite pitchers in Pac-10 history. Penna was the first active player in the country to reach the notable landmark and the 11th player in Pac-10 history to do so. Dana Sorensen is the only other Stanford player to hit 1,000, with 1,154 K's in her impressive career between 2000 and 2004.
1,200 IN THE BOOKS: Prior to a few weeks ago, only 23 players in NCAA history had ever reached 1,200 career K's. Penna joined that group with 11 strikeouts against Arizona State on May 1, fanning the final batter of the game to become the first active player in the country to reach 1,200.
THE .300 CLUB
Only five Stanford players have ever finished their careers with a batting average over .300, but senior Maddy Coon is attempting to make it six. Coon currently boasts a .301 career average and could join Jessica Mendoza `02, Sarah Beeson `02, Jackie Rinehart `07, Lauren Lappin `06 and Catalina Morris `06 in the .300 club when her career ends.
THE .400 CLUB
Two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza is the only Stanford player who has ever hit .400 or better in a season, doing so three times during her career. Junior Alissa Haber (.439) is on track to match her feat this year. Freshman Ashley Hansen (.397) is flirting with the idea of a .400 season as well.
Stanford's lineup is anchored by the power-hitting class of 2010. The three Cardinal juniors - Alissa Haber, Rosey Neill and Shannon Koplitz - are the the team's three home run leaders, having accounted for 25 of the team's 39 long balls this year (64 percent). They are slugging nearly .600 as a class (.597), more than 200 points higher than the rest of the team combined, and have driven in 96 runs. Career-wise, Haber, Neill and Koplitz are three of the top 11 home run hitters in school history and are all carrying career slugging percentages which would rank among the school's all-time top 10.
HARD TO HANDLE
Two-time All-American Alissa Haber is one of the toughest outs in the nation, as her batting average (.439) stands third in the Pac-10 and 14th nationally. Her current season average is second only to the figure that Jessica Mendoza posted when she became Stanford's only Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2000 (.475).
Alissa Haber posted a career-long 18-game hitting streak between Feb. 7 and March 6, racking up 33 hits in the month-long span ... Ashley Hansen has had the team's only other double-digit streak at 10 games (Feb. 7-21) ... Hansen has also posted two separate seven-game multi-hit streaks ... Hansen and Haber each hit in 15 of the 21 Pac-10 games, and Hansen had nine multi-hit games in conference play.
CRACKING THE TOP-10
Alissa Haber cracked the school's all-time top-10 in hits in March, became the program's ninth player to get her 200th career hit on April 14 and now has 221 for her career. Just a junior, she has already etched her name on seven of Stanford's career top-10 charts (hits, walks, doubles, triples, home runs, runs scored and stolen bases).
Stanford's freshmen have all lived up to their billing so far. Five freshmen have made at least one start, four have become regular members of the lineup and two (Ashley Hansen and Sarah Hassman) have gotten the starting nod in all 53 games. Hansen, who was the only high school player selected to attend USA Softball's Olympic Selection Camp in 2007, has headlined the rookie crew. In her first collegiate season, she already ranks among the top-10 offensive players in the conference with a .397 batting average, 75 hits, 19 doubles and 48 RBI. She is also the conference's leader in triples (5), and just one short of Stanford's single-season record.
SCORE, SCORE, SCORE SOME MORE
After being shut out by Oklahoma State on the first day of the season, Stanford scored in 48 consecutive games before suffering a drought last weekend. The Cardinal has scored five or more runs 26 times this year, averages 5.11 runs per game and has accumulated more than double the runs of its opponents (271-102). The team is currently carrying one of the top three batting averages in program history (.291).
BOTTOM OF THE ORDER STEPPING UP
The bottom third of Stanford's batting order stepped up over the last few weeks of conference play, with freshmen Jenna Becerra, Sarah Hassman and Maya Burns providing key hits. Burns and Becerra teamed up for back-to-back hits to score the game-winning run in the eighth inning at Arizona State on April 18, while Hassman had four key hits in the Oregon series. Becerra and Hassman singled and scored in the Cardinal's win over Arizona State on May 1 and Becerra came up with a hit for the tying RBI in a late comeback against Arizona the next day. In the series-clinching win over Arizona, Burns was 3-for-3 and scored the game-winning run.
Junior Alissa Haber hit her 50th career double two weeks ago, joining Jessica Mendoza and Sarah Beeson as the only Stanford players to hit 50 or more in their careers. As a matter of fact, only nine Stanford players, including Haber and teammate Maddy Coon, have ever hit 40 or more. Haber, who now has 52 and needs just one more double to join the Pac-10's career top-10, ranks third nationally in doubles per game (0.40). She has hit a career-best 21 doubles this year, joining Beeson, Mendoza and Allister as the only Stanford players to hit 20 or more in a season. She is two short of Mendoza's school single-season record. Not to be overlooked, freshman Ashley Hansen has 19 doubles this year, the most of any freshman in school history. That total is sixth in the Stanford season record books and ranks 10th nationally.
The Cardinal has been racking up tons of triples this season and set a new school record on April 14 with 15 on the year. The 2009 team, which is currently carrying one of the best batting averages (.291) in school history, has topped the previous-best 14-triple efforts of the 2005 and 2006 teams. Ashley Hansen leads the way with five triples this year, and is just one short of Stanford's single-season record.
13 STRAIGHT WINNING SEASONS
Head Coach John Rittman has already ensured that his team will record its 13th straight winning season this year. With a 44-9 record and one of the top five winning percentages in the country (.830), Stanford has been guaranteed to finish over .500 since late March. Rittman took over the program in 1997 and led it to its first winning season ever that year. He has now kept the team over .500 in each of his 13 seasons.
Sophomore pitcher Ashley Chinn threw her third career no-hitter against San Jose State on April 22. She threw two no-hitters, including the school's seventh perfect game, as a rookie last season and is now tied for third place on the school's career no-hitter chart. Senior pitcher Missy Penna threw her first no-hitter of the year against Kansas on Feb. 7. The no-hitter was the fifth of her career, tying Dana Sorensen's school record. Penna has now thrown five of the school's 19 all-time no-hitters.
FLOOD OF FREE PASSES
Just two weeks into her senior year, infielder Maddy Coon shattered the school's career walk record, passing Sarah Beeson's former mark of 115. Coon now holds every walk record in the Stanford books, with 139 career walks, 47 single-season walks (2008) and four single-game walks (2/29/08). Her 139 walks rank among the 10 best career totals in Pac-10 history as well (9th). Coon and junior Rosey Neill lead the team in walks this year with 34 apiece.
COON ON THE CLIMB
Maddy Coon has also established herself on a number of the school's other top-10 lists. Currently, Coon ranks fifth in career doubles (46), seventh in home runs (27), sixth in runs (139) and sixth in RBI (136). Also with 178 hits to her name, Coon is just the second player in school history to register triple digits in four different offensive categories (Sarah Beeson `02 is the other).
Alissa Haber is one of the most versatile hitters in school history. Recently, Haber joined two of the best hitters in school history - Jessica Mendoza `02 and Catalina Morris `06 - as the only players to be among the school's 10 career leaders in hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
IN THE CLUTCH
Juniors Alissa Haber and Shannon Koplitz have proved to work the best under pressure for the Cardinal. Haber is Stanford's best hitter with runners on base (.478) and runners in scoring position (.452). Koplitz is the team's best bet with two outs (.333), is 4-for-5 with bases loaded and leads the team with 17 two-out RBI. Another clutch hitter? Ashley Hansen is 6-for-13 with bases loaded, and has driven in a run 19 of the 27 times she has come up with a runner on third and less than two outs (.704).
Fresh off matching a school record and ranking 10th nationally with 19 home runs in 2008, junior catcher Rosey Neill is again Stanford's best home run bet this year with nine on the season. Just past the midpoint of her career, Neill has 35 home runs, joining four of Stanford's greatest sluggers - Jessica Mendoza `02, Jessica Allister `04, Catalina Morris `06 and Michelle Smith `08 - as the only players to have hit 30 or more career homers. Neill is currently in third place on Stanford's career home run chart behind Mendoza and Smith.
GOING THE EXTRA MILE
The Stanford team has already combined for 84 doubles, 15 triples and 39 home runs this season. With a total of 138 extra-base hits, the Cardinal is averaging nearly three per game! How does that stack up? Entering the postseason, Stanford has already broken the school triple record, hit more doubles than all but three other teams and is one short of becoming the fifth team in school history to hit 40 homers. Stanford has recorded at least one extra-base hit in 46 out of its 53 contests so far.
CHASING DOWN THE RECORDS
As juniors, Rosey Neill and Alissa Haber have their eyes on some of the school records set by the best player in Stanford history, two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza. Neill entered her junior year with 26 home runs (and now has 35). By comparison, Mendoza hit 36 of her 50 bombs by the end of her junior season. Nearing the end of her third season, Haber has 52 doubles to her name. Mendoza had 53 of her school-record 70 doubles by the end of her junior year.
HABER AMONG THE ELITE
All-American outfielder Alissa Haber currently owns a .392 career batting average, a clip which stands only behind that of two-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza in the Cardinal record books. After leading Stanford in nearly every offensive category the last two years, Haber has twice earned All-America accolades. She is just the third player in school history to enter her junior year as a two-time All-American, matching the accomplishments of eventual four-time All-American Mendoza and eventual three-time All-American Dana Sorensen. Three players on the Cardinal squad (Haber, Maddy Coon and Ashley Hansen) are currently carrying career batting averages that would rank in the school's top-10.
1,000 AND COUNTING
Junior catcher Rosey Neill recorded her 1,000th career putout on Feb. 21, joining former greats Sarah Beeson `02, Kellie Wiginton `00 and Jessica Allister `04 as the only Cardinal players to reach the milestone. Battery counterpart Missy Penna reached the 1,000-K mark on March 1.
Stanford has played four extra-inning games this year, against Cal Poly on March 23, against Washington on March 28, against Arizona State on April 18 and against Oregon on April 24. Stanford is 4-0 in those games, outscoring opponents 5-0 in extra frames. Stanford is 5-0 when tied entering the final inning of play.
...AND SHORT OF IT
Stanford has won six games by run-rule this year, with its most recent coming against Penn State on March 6.
Senior pitcher Missy Penna was among 10 collegiate softball players chosen as finalists for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Each year, the award is presented to student-athletes who excel not only on the playing field but also in the classroom and in their community.
TEAM USA PICKS
Freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen and sophomore outfielder Alissa Haber are among the 27 initial athletes invited to attend the 2009 USA Softball Women's National Team Selection Camp in Chula Vista, Calif., June 8-12. The list includes a number of current and former college standouts, as well as eight 2008 Olympians. Stanford alum Lauren Lappin `06, who won a silver medal with Team USA at the Beijing Olympics last summer, will also be attending the camp. Hansen, just 18 and a college freshman, is the youngest player on the invitee list.
ABOUT PORTLAND STATE
Series Record: Stanford leads Portland State 6-1 all-time.
Last Meeting: PSU bested Stanford, 3-0, at the Stanford Invitational II on March 25, 2007. The Vikings scored one in the fourth inning and two more in the top of the seventh and collected nine hits to take a game from the Cardinal for the first time ever.
Last Stanford Victory: On March 6, 2004 then-sophomore Laura Severson pitched a complete game shutout as Stanford defeated Portland State, 4-0, at the Worth Invitational in Fullerton.
Current Streak: Portland State won the last time the two teams played.
Common Ground: The Vikings and Cardinal have both played McNeese State, Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Washington, Oregon, Santa Clara, Oregon State, Sacramento State and Saint Mary's this year. Stanford is 15-3 in games against those teams, while Portland State is 13-12.
Scouting Report: The Vikings (29-24) earned the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's automatic bid to the field of 64 by claiming their second conference title in four seasons. They have won six of their last seven games heading into the postseason and went 15-5 in PCSC play. Their biggest win came over then-No. 16 DePaul in mid-February, but they also boast a victory over NCAA participant Oklahoma State. Co-PCSC Player of the Year Jackie Heide leads the Vikings with a .369 batting average, 12 home runs and 41 RBI. Jana Rae Slayton, a PCSC First Team pick, is close behind with a .333 average and 14 extra-base hits. In the circle, the Vikings boast PCSC Pitcher of the Year Nichole Latham. The sophomore right hander boasts a 2.63 ERA, a 16-11 record and 142 K's.
ABOUT CAL POLY
Series Record: Stanford is 8-3 against the Mustangs all-time.
Last Meeting: On March 23, Missy Penna went 10 innings and shattered the school's single-game strikeout record with 19 K's against the Mustangs. The Cardinal eventually won the marathon, 2-1, on a hit by Maddy Coon. Stanford also posted a one-run win in February, coming from behind in the seventh to get the 3-2 edge.
Last Cal Poly Victory: The Mustangs last beat the Cardinal on March 2, 2007 in Fullerton, 6-2.
Current Streak: Stanford has won the last two in the series with Cal Poly.
Common Ground: Stanford and Cal Poly have both played Indiana, San Diego State, UCLA, Kansas, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Utah State, Cal, Santa Clara, Cal State Fullerton, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, UC Davis, Pacific and UC Riverside. Stanford is 18-5 in those games, while Cal Poly is 27-5.
Scouting Report: The Mustangs (39-10) claimed their second Big West title in three seasons with an 18-3 conference record. They have gone 18-1 over the last 19 games of the season and lead the Big West in batting average (.304), slugging percentage (.414), on-base percentage (.387) and runs (234). Six 2008 all-conference honorees have led the team this year, headlined by 2008 All-West Region pick Melissa Pura. Pura (.379) and outfielder Jessica Rogers (.357) are two of the six Mustangs hitting over .300, while Krysten Cary (.273) paces the squad with 14 home runs. In the circle, Anna Cahn (1.71 ERA, 151 K's) has been the Cal Poly ace, owning a 27-5 record with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Cardinal. Cahn also is one of the most dominant players at the plate and leads the team with 40 RBI. The Mustangs' biggest wins came over Cal on March 22 and Georgia Tech on Feb. 21.
Series Record: Stanford is 1-0 against the Wolfpack all-time.
Last Meeting: On Feb. 11, 2006, then-freshman Missy Penna struck out 13 batters in a 5-1 win over the Wolfpack to earn her second career win. Tricia Aggabao hit a two RBI triple to pull Stanford out from an early deficit and lead the team to victory.
Last Nevada Victory: The Wolfpack has never beaten the Cardinal.
Current Streak: Stanford won the only time the two teams have played.
Common Ground: Stanford and Nevada have both played Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, Sacramento State, Minnesota, Cal, Oregon State, Cal Poly, Pacific, Oregon, Santa Clara, UC Davis, Utah State and San Jose State. Stanford is 20-3 in those games, while Nevada is 14-6.
Scouting Report: The Wolfpack (39-17) finished as the WAC runner-up this season and received an at-large bid to the field. Sophomore catcher Noelle Micka leads the way offensively with a .370 batting average, but senior outfielder Brittany Puzey brings the power with 11 doubles, 12 home runs and 46 RBI. In the circle, the Wolfpack ace is Katie Holverson, a junior who was recently named the WAC Pitcher of the Year. Holverson owns a 1.68 ERA with 27 wins, 226 K's and five shutouts. Nevada's most notable win came over Northwestern on Feb. 6.
IT COULD HAPPEN THIS WEEKEND...
TEAM, 1 HOME RUN - Stanford needs one more long ball to become the fifth team in school history to hit 40 in a single year.
PENNA, 1 WIN - Missy Penna is one win away from becoming the 18th-winningest pitcher in NCAA history. Three wins would tie her as the 16th-winningest overall and the sixth-winningest in the Pac-10.
PENNA, 1 SHUTOUT - Penna needs one shutout to become the first pitcher in school history to post 50 for her career.
HABER, 1 HIT - Alissa Haber needs one more hit to reach 80 for the season. Only Jessica Mendoza and Jackie Rinehart have done that at Stanford.
HABER, 2 STEALS - If Haber steals two more bases, she will become the only player other than Mendoza to take 20 bases in a single year.
KOPLITZ, 1 RBI - Shannon Koplitz is one RBI short of a spot on the school's single-season RBI top-10 list.
HANSEN, 2 RBI - Ashley Hansen is two RBI shy of 50 on the year and would be the seventh Stanford player to reach the milestone.
With just five upperclassmen, the Cardinal is, for the most part, a very young team. Yet, the squad is armed with some of the Pac-10's most talented veterans at key positions. All five upperclassmen - Missy Penna, Maddy Coon, Shannon Koplitz, Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill - have been starters since the day they arrived on The Farm. The group has also been well decorated, accumulating 10 All-Pac-10 awards, six all-region honors and three All-America nods. Before the 2009 season even began, the fivesome has already combined to score 329 Cardinal runs, notch 531 hits and belt 73 home runs.
2008 IN REVIEW
Stanford is coming off a strong 2008 season in which it went 49-15 and finished fourth in the competitive Pac-10 Conference. The program posted its 10th 40-win season, recorded the second-most wins in school history, made its 11th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and made a postseason run to its third NCAA Super Regional in four years. At the end of the year, eight players were honored with All-Pac-10 awards, four received all-region recognition and two - pitcher Missy Penna and outfielder Alissa Haber - were named All-Americans.
TEAM USA TIES
Head Coach John Rittman spent last summer on the coaching staff for the USA Team at the Beijing Olympic Games, marking his second appearance on the Olympic coaching staff. Two former Cardinal standouts, Jessica Mendoza `02 and Lauren Lappin `06, were on the squad that outscored opponents 58-5 over nine games and captured the silver medal. Current players Rosey Neill, Alissa Haber and Ashley Hansen are all veterans of the USA Junior National Team, and Hansen was the only high school player selected to participate in Team USA's Olympic Selection Camp in 2007.
UPDATED PLAYER PROFILES
#1 Jenna Becerra
Freshman * Utility/DP * R/R
Camarillo, CA (Westlake)
2009 Season: Has played in 50 games as a rookie and made 45 starts, primarily as a designated player ... has appeared in right field and at first base, third base and second base this season as well ... owns a .170 batting average with 19 hits, four doubles, four home runs and 19 RBI ... registered her first collegiate hit, a double, against Wagner at the Kajikawa Classic (2/8) ... posted her first of two multi-hit games against Utah State, going 2-for-4 on the day (2/14) ... belted her first collegiate home run to blow open a game against Minnesota (2/27), sending a three-RBI shot over the left field fence in the first inning ... hit in five consecutive games at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic in early March, posting five hits, another home run and five RBI in a five-game span ... ripped her third home run in a preseason win over Winthrop (3/21) ... hit a two-RBI double to help the Cardinal best Pacific (3/22) ... drove in two runs on two sacrifice flies against Santa Clara (4/14) ... made the difference for the Cardinal in an extra-inning road win over No. 5 Arizona State (4/18), nailing a two-run home run over the left center field wall in the second inning and coming up with the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth ... went 2-for-3 in the game with three RBI, a run scored and her fourth home run of the year ... also contributed a key single in Stanford's come-from-behind rally to beat Arizona at home (5/2).
#2 Maddy Coon
Senior * Second Baseman * R/R
Chappaqua, NY (Horace Greeley)
2009 Season: Has started and played in 47 games for the Cardinal as its second baseman ... one of four Cardinal players hitting over .300 (.303) ... leads the team with 34 walks and is second with a .456 on-base percentage ... ranks among the nation's top 20 in walks per game (18th, 0.72 per game ) and fourth in the Pac-10 in the category ... has tallied eight doubles, two triples and four home runs ... has driven in 29 runs, third on the team ... has seven multi-hit games, with a pair of three-hit games coming against Cal Poly (3/23) and Oregon (4/4) ... also has 10 multi-RBI games to her credit ... hit in eight consecutive games in early February, notching 10 hits and 11 RBI in the span ... posted her first of two triples against Wagner at the Kajikawa Classic (2/8) ... posted two hits and three RBI in back-to-back games in San Diego, leading Stanford to wins over Utah State and San Diego State ... broke Stanford's career walk record against Utah State (2/14) ... hit a two-run home run in Stanford's win over the No. 24 Aztecs (2/15) ... also homered in Stanford's second meeting with San Diego State (3/7) ... was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Stanford's win over Winthrop (3/21) ... went 3-for-4 with two RBI and the game-winning hit in a 10-inning win over Cal Poly (3/23) ... was 3-for-3 with a double and a home run in Stanford's first game against Oregon (4/4) ... also posted two-hit Pac-10 games at Cal (4/10) and UCLA (5/8) ... belted a two-run home run to help the Cardinal best No. 5 Arizona State (4/18) ... knocked a critical double to left field in the come-from-behind rally that lifted Stanford to its first win over Arizona (5/2).
#3 Ashley Hansen
Freshman * Shortstop * L/R
Chandler, AZ (Corona del Sol)
2009 Season: Made the cut of 25 finalists for USA Softball's National Player of the Year award, and was the only freshman on the list ... has started all 53 games at shortstop for the Cardinal in her rookie season ... ranks 10th in the nation in doubles with 0.36 per game and 19 total ... also among the nation's top 30 in triples per game (28th, 0.09) and total triples (17th, 5) and leads the Pac-10 in the category ... is just one short of the school's single-season triple record with five on the year ... second on the team with a .397 batting average, 75 hits, 40 runs, 19 doubles and a .614 slugging percentage ... paces the team with 48 RBI, a single-season total that ranks seventh in Stanford history ... also has four home runs on the year ... has the most at bats on the team and has struck out fewer times than any regular starter (12) ... 19 doubles rank second in the Pac-10, sixth in school history and mark the highest total of any freshman in school history ... led the league with seven doubles in Pac-10 play ... also ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in batting average (7th), hits (4th) and RBI (8th) ... has recorded one of 12 70-hit seasons in school history this year ... has hit in 42 of 53 games and posted multiple hits 26 times ... also has 14 multi-RBI games, including eight with three or more ... has hit in 15 Pac-10 games, with multiple hits in nine of those games ... had two separate seven-game multi-hit streaks ... posted a season-long 10-game hit streak between Feb. 7 and Feb. 21 ... hit a two-run home run on her first collegiate at bat, belting a ball over the fence against McNeese State in front of her hometown fans in Arizona (2/6) ... registered multiple hits in seven of her first nine collegiate games, including three-hit games against Long Beach State and Utah State ... posted her second career home run against Long Beach State (2/13) and tallied four RBI ... hit two triples against Utah State (2/14), becoming just the third player in school history to triple twice in the same game ... hit .667 at the Campbell/Cartier Classic with 10 hits over 15 at-bats, including five for extra bases, three triples, a double and a three-run home run off of Long Beach State All-American Brooke Turner ... also slugged 1.333 with nine RBI in four games to earn Pac-10 Player of the Week and NFCA National Player of the Week honors (2/17), becoming just the second freshman in school history to earn a national weekly honor ... tallied 10 hits, nine RBI, a double, three triples and a home run over four games at the tournament ... was 3-for-3 with a bases-clearing three-RBI triple against Indiana (2/27) ... posted seven multi-hit games in a row between March 20 and March 28, registering 16 hits in the span ... doubled in the first four games back from the finals break in late March ... posted two hits in three of her first four Pac-10 games ... notched a key single in the game-winning rally that beat then-No. 2 Washington in the 11th inning ... went 2-for-4 with a bases-clearing three-RBI double to help Stanford to a 4-1 win over Cal (4/9) ... was 2-for-2 with a triple and a home run against Santa Clara (4/14) ... went 3-for-4 with three RBI in Stanford's first home win over Oregon State (4/25) ... was 2-for-4 with a home run and all four of Stanford's RBI in a rubber-game win over No. 7 Arizona State (5/1) ... doubled to lead off the come-from-behind rally that gave Stanford its first win over Arizona (5/2) ... a 2009 USA Softball National Team Camp invitee.
#4 Sarah Hassman
Freshman * Center Fielder * L/R
Cupertino, CA (Monta Vista)
2009 Season: Has started all 53 contests in center field for the Cardinal ... owns a .254 batting average with 33 hits on the year ... has posted five multi-hit games and scored 23 times ... has racked up 15 stolen bases, one of the top 10 totals in the Pac-10 and one of the top 10 single-season totals in school history ... has three outfield assists this season ... recorded her first collegiate hit against Oklahoma State at the Kajikawa Classic (2/6) ... went 2-for-2, scored twice and recorded her first collegiate double against Wagner later in the weekend (2/8) ... was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a win over San Diego State at the Campbell/Cartier Classic (2/15) ... registered a two-out single against Notre Dame that allowed the game-winning run to score (2/20) ... scored the game-winning run in a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Cal Poly (2/28) ... singled and scored the game-winning run in a 1-0 win over UC Davis (3/8) ... hit in six consecutive games between March 8 and March 23, with her second collegiate double against Princeton (3/20) ... went 2-for-3 in a win over Pacific (3/22) ... singled off of Washington's Danielle Lawrie in the bottom of the 11th inning and later scored the game-winning run in a 1-0 win (3/28) ... singled and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Stanford over Oregon State (4/3) ... posted two hits and picked up two RBI at Oregon (4/4) ... was 2-for-3 in a conference win over Oregon State (4/26).
#5 Melisa Koutz
Sophomore * First Baseman * R/R
Valencia, CA (Saugus)
2009 Season: Has started all by one game this season, primarily at first base but also as a designated player ... owns a .247 batting average with 36 hits, 13 runs scored and 22 RBI ... ranks third on the team with 10 doubles on the year ... has registered eight multi-hit games and four multi-RBI games ... went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBI and two doubles against Wagner at the Kajikawa Classic (2/8) ... doubled and scored the game-winning run in a 2-0 win over Notre Dame (2/20) ... started a come-from-behind rally with a seventh-inning single in Stanford's 3-2 win over Cal Poly ... was 2-for-3 in wins over Sacramento State (2/20), Cal State Fullerton (3/1) and Vermont (3/8) in preseason play ... hit in six consecutive games between Feb. 27 and March 6 ... went 2-for-4 with a season-high three RBI against Penn State (3/6), hitting her sixth double of the year in the run-rule win ... was 2-for-4 with two RBI in Stanford's first win at Oregon (4/4) ... recorded four hits in two games at Cal (4/10-11) ... belted her second career home run to break up a scoreless game against Oregon State (4/26) and later added a sacrifice fly to finish with two of Stanford's four RBI.
#6 Alissa Haber
Junior * Left Fielder * L/L
Newark, CA (Newark Memorial)
2009 Season: Made the cut of 25 finalists for USA Softball's National Player of the Year award ... has started all 53 games in the outfield for the Cardinal ... leads the team in nearly every offensive category, pacing the squad in batting average (.439), runs (54), hits (79), doubles (21), slugging percentage (.722), on-base percentage (.500) and stolen bases (18) ... ranks 14th nationally with a .439 batting average, while coming in third nationally with 0.40 doubles per game (21 total) ... also ranks among the nation's top-50 in slugging percentage (45th, .722) and among the nation's top-20 in runs per game (19th, 1.02) ... carries the third-best batting average in the Pac-10 with one of the top-10 slugging percentages (6th), on-base percentages (5th), run totals (4th), stolen base totals (7th) and hit totals (2nd) ... also leads the league with 21 doubles and ranks third with three triples ... also is second on the team with eight home runs and has racked up three triples, 18 walks and 24 RBI ... has scored more times this season (54), than all but three players in school history ... has hit in 44 of 53 games with 24 multi-hit games ... has driven in multiple runs five times from the leadoff spot ... has registered at least on extra-base hit in 25 games ... has recorded one of 12 70-hit seasons in school history this year ... recorded a career-long 18-game hitting streak between Feb. 7 and March 6, tallying 33 hits in the month-long span ... posted two doubles in games against Wagner (2/8) and Santa Clara (3/21) ... was 2-for-4 with a two-run home run against UC Santa Barbara (2/12) ... went 3-for-5, scored three times and ripped her first of three triples against Utah State (2/14) ... was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double in a win over No. 24 San Diego State (2/15) ... belted a solo home run and registered two RBI against Sacramento State (2/20) ... was 4-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and a triple against Western Kentucky (2/21) ... was 2-for-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, a double and a home run later in the day against Notre Dame (2/21), finishing the double-header with six hits and a combined cycle (two singles, two doubles, a triple and a home run) ... posted her third of 10 3+ hit games against UC Riverside (2/28) ... also was 3-for-3 later in the weekend against Cal State Fullerton with three runs scored, a double and a triple ... went a combined 5-for-7 with a double and a home run in two games versus Vermont in early March ... was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run against Santa Clara (3/21) ... was also 3-for-4 in Stanford's second meeting with the Broncos, registering a double and another home run to reach 200 career hits ... singled and scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning in a win over Cal Poly (3/23) ... also had three hits in Stanford's loss at Arizona (4/17) ... was 2-for-3 with two RBI and the game-winning hit in a win over San Jose State (4/22) ... went 3-for-4 with her 70th hit of the year against Oregon State to help Stanford complete the series sweep (4/26) ... also had three hits, including her 50th career double and her 70th hit of the year, in the rubber-game win over No. 7 Arizona State (5/1) ... became the fourth player in school history to record 20 doubles in a year against Arizona on May 2 ... went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and the game-winning RBI to help Stanford edge Arizona and take the series from the Wildcats for the first time in school history (5/3) ... hit .667 (6-for-9) over the three-game Arizona sweep, registered a hit in every single game, doubled twice and slugged .889 from the leadoff spot to earn her first career Pac-10 Player of the Week award (5/5) ... one of 10 players in the Pac-10 with a perfect fielding percentage, having not recorded an error in 66 chances ... an ESPN.com Preseason All-America Second Team selection ... a 2009 USA Softball National Team Camp invitee.
#7 Ashley Chinn
Sophomore * Pitcher * R/R
Belmont, CA (Carlmont)
2009 Season: Has made 18 appearances in the circle this season, including 15 starts ... owns a 13-3 record with a 2.29 ERA and 100 K's ... made appearances in five Pac-10 games and got three Pac-10 starts ... ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in ERA, sixth in opposing average (.220), 10th in strikeouts (100) and 10th in wins (13) ... posted two 10-strikeout performances during the year, with her best outings coming against Saint Mary's (2/24) and Vermont (3/7) ... had nine K's in her second game against Vermont (3/8) ... won her first 10 games of the year before losing a decision to Cal in early April ... posted shutouts against Saint Mary's (2/24), Illinois State (3/6), Vermont (3/8), Santa Clara (4/14) and San Jose State (4/22) ... threw her third career no-hitter against the Spartans on April 22, striking out nine in her 12th win of the year ... registered a one-hitter against Saint Mary's (2/24) and secured two-hitters against Indiana (2/27) and Santa Clara (4/14) ... picked up the biggest win of her career on May 2 against No. 7 Arizona, limiting the nation's top offense to just three runs and picking up her first career Pac-10 win and first career win over a ranked opponent.
#8 Mary Kate Smith
Freshman * Infielder * R/R
Tampa, FL (Chamberlain)
2009 Season: Saw limited action due to injury ... stepped in for her first collegiate at bat against Santa Clara on April 14 ... is 0-for-3 in three pinch hitting appearances, two of which were in conference play.
#9 Missy Penna
Senior * Pitcher * R/R
Miami, FL (Southwest)
2009 Season: One of 10 national player of the year finalists, the first player in school history to make USA Softball's top-10 ... Stanford's ace in the circle, having made 38 starts and notched a 31-6 record ... ranks among the top-10 pitchers in the nation in three major pitching categories, coming in fourth in shutouts (17) and wins (31) and seventh in strikeouts (323) ... also among the nation's top-50 in ERA (33rd, 1.45) and K's per game (21st, 8.8) ... tied the previous league record with five Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards during the year ... also swept the USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week awards twice during the year, the first player in school history to sweep the prestigious pair of awards ... ranks third in the Pac-10 in ERA (1.45) and opposing average (.175), while coming in second in strikeouts (323) and wins (31) ... has thrown 35 complete games and tallied 17 shutouts ... has recorded 323 K's on the year, her third consecutive 300-K season ... owns a 1.45 ERA and .175 opposing average ... threw her only no-hitter of the year against Kansas on Feb. 7, striking out batters for 13 of the 15 outs ... has also thrown four one-hitters this season and six two-hitters ... went 53 innings without allowing an earned run between Feb. 27 and March 21 ... tossed six shutouts in Pac-10 play ... has posted 17 double-digit strikeout performances ... posted three 13-strikeout games in her first five games of the year, getting the tallies against Texas Tech (2/7), Kansas (2/7) and UC Santa Barbara (2/12) and shutting out two of the three ... threw four complete games over the opening weekend with two shutouts, 39 K's in 23 innings, a no-hitter and a 0.61 ERA to nab her first Pac-10 Player of the Week award (2/10) ... posted 10 K's in wins over San Diego State (3/7), Winthrop (3/21) and Pacific (3/22) at home tournaments ... tossed three complete games at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic, added three shutouts, struck out 20 batters in 20 innings and became the first player in program history to reach 40 career shutouts ... earned her second Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts at the tournament (3/10) ... swiped her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor (3/24) after throwing three complete games and picking up three wins at the Stanford Invitational ... broke her own school record with 19 K's in a 10-inning win over Cal Poly (3/23) ... added 13 K's in an 11-inning shutout of then-No. 2 Washington (3/28) ... shutout the Huskies again 24 hours later, posting eight K's on the afternoon ... won her third Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week honor in three weeks of action for her efforts over the first week of conference play ... threw 34.1 innings, fanned 45 batters, beat three ranked teams and held the second-ranked Washington Huskies scoreless for 18 consecutive innings to snag both the USA Softball and NFCA National Player of the Week awards for the first time ... had 13 K's at Oregon State (4/3) ... threw a 10-strikeout one-hitter at Oregon (4/4) ... posted back-to-back 12-K games against Cal (4/9-10), one-hitting the Bears in the series opener ... struck out 12 in an eight-inning win at No. 5 Arizona State (4/18) ... fanned 12 in a nine-inning shutout of Oregon (4/24) ... threw another one-hitter to finish a season sweep of Oregon State (4/26) ... threw every inning of the series and posted a 3-0 record with two shutouts to break her own single-season shutout record (16) and nab her fifth Pac-10 Player of the Week award ... fanned 11 in a two-hitter to clinch the series with Arizona State at home (5/1) ... threw a one-hitter against the nation's top offense on Senior Day, striking out 13 to clinch the series with Arizona for the first time in school history (5/3) ... swept the NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week for the second time after her performances against the Arizona schools, beating two top-10 teams and allowing two of the nation's top-three offenses just one combined run and three combined hits in 14 innings of work ... has also seen five at bats on the year, and registered her lone hit against UC Riverside on the first of those chances (2/28) ... one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... also an ESPN Academic All-District VIII First Team pick and is in contention to become the school's second Academic All-American ... an ESPN.com Preseason Second-Team All-American.
#12 Autumn Albers
Sophomore * Outfielder * L/R
Danville, CA (San Ramon Valley)
2009 Season: Has appeared in 35 games this season, primarily as a pinch runner ... suffered a broken hand in early April and was therefore limited to base-running duties for most of the conference season ... has scored 13 times and is a perfect 4-for-4 on steal attempts ... also saw eight at bats early in the year and made five appearances in the outfield ... raced in on a wild pitch to score the game-winning run in a come-from-behind victory over Arizona (5/2).
#13 Rosey Neill
Junior * Catcher * R/R
Laguna Hills, CA (Laguna Hills)
2009 Season: Started all 53 games for the Cardinal as its primary catcher ... leads the team with nine home runs ... ranks among the top 40 players in the nation with 34 walks (37th, 0.64 per game) ... also paces the team with 34 walks, the fourth-best total in the Pac-10 ... is slugging .496 on the year with 18 extra-base hits and 28 RBI ... hitting .237 on the year with a .398 on-base percentage ... has thrown out seven runners and owns a .995 fielding percentage with just two errors in 442 chances ... has posted seven multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games ... was 2-for-3 in the season opener against McNeese State (2/6) ... homered twice against Texas Tech and racked up two hits, two runs and four RBI (2/7) ... finished the opening weekend with three home runs, a .500 batting average (6-for-12), seven RBI and a 1.250 slugging percentage, while adding 42 putouts behind the plate and catching a no-hitter for Missy Penna ... for her efforts over the first weekend, earned the league's first Pac-10 Player of the Week award (2/10) ... was 2-for-3 with a home run, a double and two RBI in a win over No. 24 San Diego State ... also posted two hits against Western Kentucky (2/21) ... hit a two-run home run to help the Cardinal defeat Notre Dame at the Stanford Nike Invitational (2/21) ... was 2-for-2 and scored a season-high three times against UC Riverside ... belted the game-winning home run in a 1-0 win over Princeton (3/20) ... was hit by a pitch to record the game-winning RBI in an 11-inning battle with No. 2 Washington (3/28) ... posted four hits, four RBI, a double and two home runs in Stanford's trip to Oregon, helping Stanford sweep the road series with the Beavers and Ducks in early April ... also homered in Stanford's loss at Arizona (4/17) ... ranks second in the Pac-10 in putouts.
#21 Erikka Moreno
Sophomore * Infielder * R/R
Villa Park, CA (Orange Lutheran)
2009 Season: Has appeared in four games this year as a pinch hitter, including three at the Kajikawa Classic in early February ... hitless in four at bats.
#25 Maya Burns
Freshman * Outfielder/Catcher * R/R
San Mateo, Calif. (St. Ignatius)
2009 Season: Has appeared in 51 games as a rookie and made 49 starts ... has primarily played right field, but has also seen limited time as a catcher and infielder ... owns a .248 batting average with 36 hits, seven doubles, a triple and 18 RBI ... posted her first collegiate hit against Texas Tech at the Kajikawa Classic (2/7), breaking a 1-1 tie with an RBI double in the fourth inning ... posted a season-long six-game hitting streak in late February ... went 3-for-4 with three RBI in a win over Western Kentucky (2/21) ... hit her third double of the year against the Hilltoppers, then doubled again later in the day against Notre Dame ... was 2-for-4 with three RBI, a double and a triple against Indiana (2/27) ... added multiple-RBI games later in the weekend against Minnesota (2/27) and UC Riverside (2/28) finishing the Worth Invitational in Fullerton with five hits and seven RBI ... was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in a run-rule win over Penn State (3/6) ... also posted two hits in each meeting with Santa Clara ... went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double at Cal (4/11) ... was 2-for-4 in an extra-inning win over No. 5 Arizona State in Tempe, recording a key hit and scoring the game-winning run in the eighth inning (4/18) ... was 3-for-3 and scored the game-winning run in a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Arizona on May 3 ... has four outfield assists, including two in one inning at UCLA on May 8.
#27 Brittany Minder
Sophomore * Catcher * R/R
Moreno Valley, CA (Valley View)
2009 Season: Has made 28 appearances and 15 starts for Stanford ... primarily used as a pinch hitter/designated player this season, but is also a capable catcher ... hitting .214 with nine hits in 42 at bats ... has also walked nine times and been hit by a pitch five times to post a .389 on-base percentage ... started the season opener against McNeese State (2/6) and was 2-for-2 with a home run and two runs scored ... drove in two runs in a run-rule win over Kansas (2/7) ... was 2-for-2 in a win over UC Riverside at the Worth Invitational in Fullerton (2/28) ... came up with a clutch hit in a pinch hitting appearance against Cal Poly (2/28), posting a single to extend Stanford's rally in a come-from-behind seventh-inning win ... registered two hits as a pinch hitter in Pac-10 play, with conference singles coming against UCLA (3/27) and Washington (5/7).
#33 Christina Goswiller
Freshman * Infielder * R/R
Manhattan Beach, CA (Mira Costa)
2009 Season: Has seen action in 16 games and made three starts as a designated player ... has made 21 plate appearances as a rookie and reached five times ... has drawn four walks ... registered her first career hit, an RBI double, against Wagner at the Kajikawa Classic (2/8).
#36 Shannon Koplitz
Junior * Third Baseman * R/R
New Orleans, LA (Benjamin Franklin)
2009 Season: Has started all 53 games for the Cardinal, primarily at third base but also at second base ... owns a .309 batting average with 47 hits, three doubles, four triples and eight home runs ... ranks second on the team with 44 RBI, a figure which ranks among the top 10 in the Pac-10 ... also ranks second in the conference with four triples and among the league's 10 leaders with 28 walks ... slugging .539 with a .434 on-base percentage ... is also one of the most patient at the plate for Stanford, with 28 walks on the season ... batting average, run total and hits each rank third on the team, while her home run total ranks second on the squad ... has hit in 29 games with 14 multi-hit games and 16 multi-RBI games to her credit ... posted a season-long eight-game hitting streak between Feb. 7 and Feb. 20 ... hit her first career grand slam in the first game of the year against McNeese State (2/6) ... also homered against Wagner during the opening weekend (2/8) ... went 3-for-4 with a double in a win over UC Santa Barbara at the Campbell/Cartier Classic (2/12) ... hit a three-RBI triple to blow open a game against No. 24 Long Beach State (2/13) ... tripled in back-to-back games against Saint Mary's and Indiana in late February ... was 3-for-4 with three RBI and another triple in a win over UC Riverside (2/28) ... put the game-winning ball in play to lift Stanford to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over Cal Poly (2/28) ... was 3-for-3 with three more RBI against Cal State Fullerton (3/1) ... posted three RBI for the third time in five games against Penn State (3/6), hitting two home runs in the contest ... picked up the game-winning RBI single in a 1-0 win over UC Davis (3/8) ... posted four RBI for the second time against Santa Clara (3/21) ... was 3-for-5 with a double in an extra-inning win over Cal Poly (3/23) ... ripped three two-run home runs in Pac-10 play, all three of which made the difference in the game ... hit the game-winning home run off of All-American Danielle Lawrie in the fourth inning to lift Stanford over then-No. 2 Washington (3/29) ... ripped the game-winning single in the top of the seventh to lift Stanford over Oregon State in Corvallis (4/3) ... hit another two-run home run in Stanford's extra-inning win over No. 5 Arizona State (4/18) ... was 2-for-4 with a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift Stanford over Oregon (4/24) ... was 2-for-3 in Stanford's come-from-behind win over Arizona (5/2), posting a critical single in the game-winning rally ... among the Pac-10's 10 assist leaders ... an ESPN Academic All-District VIII First Team pick and is in contention to become the school's second Academic All-American.