Familiar Foes: Stanford Collides With Arizona In NCAA Super Regional
May 19, 2009
After waltzing through a competitive four-team regional at Smith Family Stadium, the eighth-seeded Cardinal softball team (47-9) must quickly turn its attention toward its next goal - a trip to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The squad's last obstacle is a familiar one - conference rival and ninth-seeded Arizona. Stanford will open super regional play at home against the Wildcats on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Friday's game is set for 5:30 p.m. with a potential third game to follow on Friday at 8 p.m. All three games will be televised live nationally, with the first and third games on ESPN2 and Friday's first game on ESPN. All games will also be available on ESPN360.com.
HOW WE GOT HERE
Stanford posted 44 regular-season wins, dominated its non-conference schedule and survived a run through one of the nation's toughest softball conferences with a program-best 13-8 record. Along the way, the Cardinal topped 10 ranked opponents, matched its highest rank ever (No. 2) and posted one of the longest winning streaks in NCAA history (28 games). In the team's own regional last week, junior Alissa Haber and freshman Ashley Hansen both hit .636 (7-for-11), combined for seven doubles and carried Stanford to its first sweep of a regional in four years.
The Cardinal is 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 six regional titles, and made appearances in the Women's College World Series in 2001 and 2004. The Cardinal has reached a Super Regional four of the last five years, and holds a 31-26 (.544) all-time record in postseason play.
MAY 1-3 FLASHBACK
Over the first weekend of May, the 2009 Cardinal accomplished two things that no other Stanford team had ever done - sweep a weekend series with the Arizona schools and take the season series from the Arizona Wildcats. Pitchers Missy Penna and Ashley Chinn stifled two of the nation's top-three offenses and junior Alissa Haber rallied the team behind them to pick up three critical conference wins. Penna posted her 1,200th career strikeout on Friday night and held the Sun Devils scoreless for the first time in more than two months. On Saturday, Chinn held the Wildcats to just three runs to nab her first career win over a ranked opponent. On Sunday, Penna pitched her final regular-season home game and threw a one-hitter against the nation's top offense (one that averaged nearly nine runs per game). For the weekend, Penna allowed a combined three hits and one run and struck out 24 batters in 14 innings. She earned both the NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week awards for her efforts. Haber was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the first time in her career.
Stanford opened the postseason at home for the fourth time since 2001 and will now host a Super Regional for the second time in school history. The Cardinal is 30-1 at home this year, has seven wins over ranked opponents there, 13 wins over the tournament field and has outscored its visitors 140-29. Combined, Stanford pitchers Ashley Chinn (0.87 home ERA/7.93 road ERA) and Missy Penna (0.84 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 13-6 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 was 15-9 against the original 2009 tournament field and is 7-8 against those teams still alive. Of Stanford's seven wins against Super Regional teams, six have been at Smith Family Stadium.
The Pac-10 has once again emerged as the nation's top softball conference, as all six Pac-10 teams that made the tournament are moving on to a Super Regional. Here are some facts about the conference's dominance over the years:
In softball's 27-year NCAA history, Pac-10 schools have won the national softball title 21 times, more than any other conference in the nation.
The national title game has featured a Pac-10 team in 25 of 27 years, including each one since 1986.
The NCAA championship game has featured two Pac-10 schools on 11 occasions.
Together, Pac-10 schools have made 74 Women's College World Series appearances, and all eight schools have been there at least once.
Since 1998, the Pac-10 has sent at least six of its eight teams to the NCAA Tournament. All eight teams have made it five times since then.
Pac-10 teams own a .691 winning percentage in the NCAA Tournament (576-258).
The Pac-10 has finished the year with seven or more teams ranked in the NFCA top-25 nine times in the last 10 years.
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.
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
Earlier this month, 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.
THE TWIN LEFTIES: 80 HITS, .400 SEASONS AND LOTS OF DOUBLES
Stanford's lefty leadoff duo is accomplishing things this season that haven't been seen since another standout lefty was on The Farm - Jessica Mendoza. Mendoza, a two-time Olympian, is the only Stanford player who has ever hit .400 or better in a season, doing so three times during her career. Haber (.450) and Hansen (.410) are both on track to match her feat this year. Only Mendoza (1999, 2000, 2001) and Jackie Rinehart (2004) have ever posted 80 or more hits in a single year. Both current players reached the milestone last weekend. Haber (86) and Hansen (82) both have a chance to become the first players since Mendoza (2000) to reach 90 hits. Also last weekend, both matched the previous school single-season double record and are now competing for sole possession of it. Haber (24) and Hansen (23) rank first and second nationally in doubles.
SCALING THE POLLS
After losing three games in the final week of the regular season, 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 May 5, 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 43 times this year, and only let one of those 43 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 (59) and been most likely to keep opponents off the board. In 56 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 is currently hitting .410.
Mendoza had 81 hits in 62 games in 1999 (1.31 per game). Hansen has 82 hits in 56 games already (1.46 per game), enough to break the school's freshman hit record.
Mendoza had 13 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and slugged .641 during her rookie season. Hansen has 23 doubles (school record for a freshman), five triples (school record for a freshman) and four home runs and is slugging .635.
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 200 at bats (once every 16.7 AB's).
Mendoza became Stanford's first Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1999 and also was the school's first rookie named to the All-Pac-10 First Team. Hansen was named Stanford's second Pac-10 Freshman of the Year last week, and was the third Cardinal freshman all-time to be named to the all-conference first team.
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 PENNA FILE
LATELY: Penna threw all three games at the Stanford Regional last week, going 3-0 with 21 strikeouts and a 1.56 ERA. She allowed four runs and 11 hits in 18 innings of work, and moved herself into a tie for 16th on the NCAA's all-time win list. She became the first pitcher in school history to post 50 career shutouts when she blanked Cal Poly in the regional title game.
POTW DOMINATION: Penna won five Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week awards this year and finished with 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 earlier this month, she claimed both National Player of the Week honors. She swept the NFCA and USA Softball National Player of the Week awards twice this season, with her first coming 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 third in the nation with 18 shutouts, fourth with 34 wins and is sixth with 344 strikeouts.
IN THE PAC-10: Penna leads the league in wins (34, tying Washington's Danielle Lawrie) and stands second behind Lawrie in strikeouts (344) and innings pitched (274.1). She ranks third in the conference behind Lawrie and UCLA's Megan Langenfeld with a 1.45 ERA and .174 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 1,247 career strikeouts and is in seventh place in the Pac-10 record book and 19th in the NCAA record book. 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 Cal Poly in the regional title game made her the first player in school history to reach 50.
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 118 career wins to date, she is tied with Katie Burkhart as the sixth-winningest pitcher in Pac-10 history and the 16th-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 1066.1 innings in her four years on The Farm. That total ranks fourth in Pac-10 history, 12 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 18 last Sunday against Cal Poly in the regional final. Penna's 34 wins rank second only to the 37 she posted last year on the Stanford single-season chart and her 344 K's rank third. Penna holds the single-season school records for strikeouts (416, 2008), shutouts (18, 2009) and wins (37, 2008).
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.
Stanford had eight players honored with Pac-10 awards this year, with Rosey Neill repeating as Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and Ashley Hansen becoming the program's first Pac-10 Freshman of the Year since Jessica Mendoza won the award a decade ago. Stanford had three players - Hansen, junior outfielder Alissa Haber and senior pitcher Missy Penna - named to the league's first team. Junior third baseman Shannon Koplitz earned second-team honors, while Neill and senior second baseman Maddy Coon received honorable mention. Hansen joined classmates Sarah Hassman and Maya Burns on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Hansen was just the third player in program history to be named to the All-Pac-10 First Team as a freshman, while Neill was the second Cardinal player to repeat as the league's best defensive player. Seniors Penna and Coon wrapped up their careers as four-time All-Pac-10 selections, the 12th and 13th in school history.
Stanford had four players earn a spot on the All-West Region Team this year, giving the squad four 2009 All-America candidates. Senior pitcher Missy Penna and junior outfielder Alissa Haber were honored for the third year in a row, while junior third baseman Shannon Koplitz and freshman shortstop Ashley Hansen collected the first all-region recognition of their careers. Stanford has had at least one All-American every year since 1998, when Michele Acosta, Becky Blevins and Marcy Crouch became the first All-Americans in school history. Last season, Haber became Stanford's sixth player to earn multiple All-America honors, while Penna earned the first All-America award of her career.
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 .300 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.
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 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 (.590), nearly 200 points higher than the rest of the team combined, and have driven in 105 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 (.450) stands second in the Pac-10 and 12th 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). She has also posted more hits this season (86) than anyone but Mendoza in that 2000 season (94).
Junior Alissa Haber and freshman Ashley Hansen are Stanford's double twins, and together have been quite a notable two-base tandem. Here are some facts about their record-breaking double totals this season:
Haber broke Stanford's single-season double record on Sunday with her 24th double of the season. Hansen is close behind her with 23, a figure which ties the previous school record set by Sarah Beeson in 2001.
Haber and Hansen are two of the five players in school history who have hit 20 doubles in a season. Jessica Mendoza and Sarah Beeson (2001) were the only other tandem to do so in the same year.
Haber and Hansen rank first and second nationally in doubles per game. They are the only two players in the Pac-10 with 20 or more this year and among four players nationally to have hit 20.
At least one of the two of has doubled in 31 of Stanford's 56 games. Both have doubled in games 11 times this year.
Haber currently has 55 career doubles, joining Mendoza and 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.
Just a junior, Haber already ranks among the Pac-10's career top-10 with 55 career doubles, while standing third on Stanford's all-time list.
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 ... Haber and Hansen enter the Super Regional on the longest active streaks on the team, having hit in each of the last four games.
THE BEST EVER?
Stanford is currently carrying the best team batting average in school history (.296), tying with the 2006 squad.
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 228 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 56 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 .410 batting average, 82 hits, 23 doubles and 53 RBI. She is also the conference's leader in triples (5), and just one short of Stanford's single-season record. She has recorded more hits, doubles and triples than any freshman in school history, and is four RBI and five percentage points below Jessica Mendoza's freshman records for RBI and batting average.
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 the last weekend of the regular season. The Cardinal has scored five or more runs 28 times this year, averages 5.25 runs per game and has accumulated well over double the runs of its opponents (294-106). The team is currently carrying the best batting average in program history (.296).
BOTTOM OF THE ORDER STEPPING UP
The bottom third of Stanford's batting order stepped up over the last few weeks, 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. Last week, Hassman posted her first career triple to drive in Becerra and break open the regional title game against Cal Poly.
The Cardinal has been racking up tons of triples this season and set a new school record (16) on Sunday with the first three-baser of Sarah Hassman's career. The 2009 team, which is currently carrying the best batting average (.296) 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 47-9 record and one of the top five winning percentages in the country (.839), 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. Stanford is seven wins short of the school win record (54 in `01) and is guaranteed to finish with its lowest loss total ever (no more than 13). Stanford has never lost fewer than 15 games in a season.
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 only 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). Junior Rosey Neill leads the team in walks this year with 37, 10 short of that record Coon set last year.
COON ON THE CLIMB
Maddy Coon has also established herself on a number of the school's other top-10 lists. Currently, Coon ranks fourth in career doubles (47), seventh in home runs (27), sixth in runs (141) and sixth in RBI (137). Also with 181 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
Junior Alissa Haber has proved to work the best under pressure for the Cardinal. Haber is Stanford's best hitter with runners on base (.506), runners in scoring position (.489) and two outs (.356). Other clutch hitters? Shannon Koplitz is 4-for-5 with bases loaded and leads the team with 17 two-out RBI. 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 95 doubles, 16 triples and 39 home runs this season. With a total of 150 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 the 2001 team 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 49 out of its 56 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 55 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 .397 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 seven games by run-rule this year, with its most recent coming against Nevada last Saturday. Prior to that, Stanford's last run-rule win was 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.
GOOD STUFF ON AND OFF THE FIELD
Senior pitcher Missy Penna and junior third baseman Shannon Koplitz took two of the 10 spots on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team this year. Koplitz is a human biology major with a 3.42 GPA, while Penna is a civil engineering major with a 3.49 GPA. Both are now in the running to be 2009 Academic All-Americans.
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 19 and a college freshman, is the youngest player on the invitee list.
Series Record: Stanford is 7-45-1 (.142) against the Wildcats all-time, with two of those seven wins coming this season.
Last Meeting: In her final regular-season appearance at Smith Family Stadium, Missy Penna made sure her last impression would be one to remember. On May 3, the senior ace put on a show for the packed home crowd, throwing a one-hitter against the nation's top offense, striking out 13 batters and leading Stanford to its first series win in school history over Arizona. The 2-1 victory over the Wildcats was the first of Penna's career.
Last Arizona Victory: On April 17, the Wildcats hit three home runs and posted 13 hits to upset Stanford, 12-4, in the first meeting of the year between the two teams.
Series Wins: Stanford took the series between the Wildcats and Cardinal for the first time in school history this year, winning two of three games.
Current Streak: Stanford has won the last two meetings between the two teams.
Scouting Report: The Wildcats (44-14) edged the Cardinal by a half game to take third place in the Pac-10 this season. They have made it to the WCWS 20 of the last 21 years, and have claimed eight national titles. Arizona is widely regarded as the best offensive team in the nation, leading the country in batting average (.344), scoring (8.31), home runs per game (2.26) and slugging percentage (.652). Junior catcher Stacie Chambers leads the team in power numbers, pacing the nation with 31 home runs and 96 RBI. Sophomores Brittany Lastrapes (.475) and Lauren Schutzler (.440) both carry .400 or better batting averages, while seven starters are over .300. In the circle, new faces are getting some time after the departure of All-American Taryne Mowatt. Junior Sarah Akamine carries the best ERA (2.31) in the team's trio of pitchers, while senior transfer Jennifer Martinez has fanned 97 batters in 99.2 innings and carries a team-low .250 opposing average.
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, 2 SHUTOUTS - Penna needs two shutouts to become the first pitcher in school history to record 20 in a season.
HABER, 4 HITS - Alissa Haber needs four hits to reach 90 on the year. Only Jessica Mendoza has done that.
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, 4 RBI - Ashley Hansen is four RBI shy of Jessica Mendoza's freshman RBI record. She is 13 shy of the school record.
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.
2009 UPDATED PLAYER PROFILES
#1 Jenna Becerra
Freshman * Utility/DP * R/R
Camarillo, CA (Westlake)
2009 Season: Has played in 53 games as a rookie and made 48 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 .165 batting average with 20 hits, four doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI ... is also 6-for-7 stealing bases and has scored 23 times ... 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 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) ... ripped an RBI single in her first career postseason game against Portland State (5/15).
#2 Maddy Coon
Senior * Second Baseman * R/R
Chappaqua, NY (Horace Greeley)
2009 Season: Earned All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention, the fourth conference honor of her career ... on pace to be the sixth Stanford player to finish her career with a .300 batting average ... Stanford's career walk leader (139) ... also among the program's career leaders in doubles (47/t4th), home runs (27/7th), RBI (137/6th) and runs (141/6th) ... ranks among the school's best defensive players as well with 283 career assists ... has started and played in 50 games for the Cardinal as its second baseman ... one of four Cardinal players hitting over .300 this year (.301) ... second on the team with 34 walks and a .444 on-base percentage ... ranks among the nation's top 30 in walks per game (28th, 0.68 per game ), stands fifth in the Pac-10 in the category and ranks fourth in Stanford's single-season record books (34) ... has tallied nine doubles, two triples and four home runs ... has driven in 30 runs, fourth on the team ... has eight 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 then-No. 24 San Diego State (2/15) ... also homered in Stanford's second meeting with the Aztecs (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 single 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 first-inning 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 in two years (5/2) ... was 2-for-4 with an RBI in Stanford's opening game of the postseason, helping the Cardinal best Portland State (5/15).
#3 Ashley Hansen
Freshman * Shortstop * L/R
Chandler, AZ (Corona del Sol)
2009 Season: The Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, just the second player in school history to earn the award ... was the only rookie to make the All-Pac-10 First Team (third Stanford first-team honoree as a freshman) ... also named to the conference's All-Freshman Team ... named to the All-West Region Team as a shortstop ... 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 56 games at shortstop for the Cardinal in her rookie season ... ranks second in the nation (behind teammate Alissa Haber) in doubles with 0.41 per game and 23 total ... also among the nation's top 20 in triples (17th, 5) and leads the Pac-10 in the category ... among the nation's top 40 in batting average (39th) and RBI (29th) as well ... is just one short of the school's single-season records in both doubles and triples ... second on the team with a .410 batting average, 82 hits, 42 runs, 23 doubles and a .635 slugging percentage ... paces the team with 53 RBI, a single-season total that ranks fifth in Stanford history ... along with teammate Alissa Haber, is on pace to be the only Stanford player other than Jessica Mendoza to record a .400 season ... is one of four players in school history to post an 80-hit season ... has four home runs on the year ... has the most at bats on the team but has struck out fewer times than any regular starter (12) ... 23 doubles rank second in the Pac-10 and second in school history (both behind teammate Alissa Haber), 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 (6th), hits (3rd) and RBI (7th) ... has hit in 45 of 56 games and posted multiple hits 28 times ... also has 16 multi-RBI games, including nine with three or more ... 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 ... 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 in two years (5/2) ... went 3-for-3 with three doubles and three RBI in her first collegiate postseason game, leading Stanford to victory over Portland State (5/15) ... was just the fourth Stanford player to post three doubles in the same game and the first to do so in postseason play ... was 3-for-4 with two RBI and another double in the squad's second NCAA Regional game against Nevada (5/16) ... was 7-for-11 (.636) with four doubles over her first collegiate postseason weekend ... a 2009 USA Softball National Team Camp invitee, the youngest player invited to the camp.
#4 Sarah Hassman
Freshman * Center Fielder * L/R
Cupertino, CA (Monta Vista)
2009 Season: A Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection ... has started all 56 contests in center field for the Cardinal ... owns a .261 batting average with 36 hits on the year ... has posted six multi-hit games and scored 27 times ... has racked up 18 stolen bases, one of the top 10 totals in the Pac-10 and the fourth-best single-season total 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) ... was 2-for-3 with a critical sixth-inning RBI triple in the regional championship game against Cal Poly (5/17) ... posted three hits, three RBI, four runs and hit .375 over her first career postseason weekend.
#5 Melisa Koutz
Sophomore * First Baseman * R/R
Valencia, CA (Saugus)
2009 Season: Has started all but one game this season, primarily at first base but also as a designated player ... owns a .260 batting average with 40 hits, 15 runs and 24 RBI ... ranks third on the team with a career-best 12 doubles on the year ... has registered 10 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 (2/28) ... 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 ... was 2-for-4 with a double in Stanford's first postseason win of the year against Portland State (5/15) ... was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk in Stanford's regional championship game win over Cal Poly (5/17) ... finished the NCAA Regional weekend with a .500 batting average (4-for-8) and a .636 on-base percentage.
#6 Alissa Haber
Junior * Left Fielder * L/L
Newark, CA (Newark Memorial)
2009 Season: An All-Pac-10 First Team selection for the second straight year ... also named to the All-West Region Team as an outfielder ... made the cut of 25 finalists for USA Softball's National Player of the Year award ... has started all 56 games in the outfield for the Cardinal ... leads the team in nearly every offensive category, pacing the squad in batting average (.450), runs (59), hits (86), doubles (24), slugging percentage (.733), on-base percentage (.512) and stolen bases (18) ... carrying the second-best single-season batting average in school history, falling only short of the .475 mark Jessica Mendoza posted in 2000 ... career batting average (.397) is also second only to Mendoza's ... as just a junior, already ranks among Stanford's career leaders in hits (228/7th), doubles (55/3rd), triples (7/7th), home runs (18/10th), runs (148/5th), stolen bases (33/4th) and walks (75/9th) ... ranks 12th nationally in batting average and leads the nation with 0.43 doubles per game ... also ranks among the nation's top-50 in slugging percentage (40th), runs per game (15th, 1.05) and on-base percentage (25th) ... carries the second-best batting average in the Pac-10 with one of the top-10 slugging percentages (5th), on-base percentages (4th), run totals (4th), stolen base totals (7th) and hit totals (2nd) ... broke Stanford's single-season doubles record last week with her 24th of the year ... leads the Pac-10 in the category, while also ranking fifth in the league with three triples ... second on the team with eight home runs, and third with 20 walks and 32 RBI ... has scored more times this season than anyone but Jessica Mendoza (2001, 2002) ... has hit in 47 of 56 games with 26 multi-hit games ... has driven in multiple runs seven times from the leadoff spot ... has registered at least one extra-base hit in 28 games ... along with teammate Ashley Hansen, is one of four players in school history to post 80 hits in a single year (currently ranks second on the single-season list, eight hits below Mendoza's record) ... 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) ... was 3-for-4 with four runs and three RBI in Stanford's first postseason game against Portland State (5/15) ... was 3-for-4 with four RBI in the NCAA Regional game against Nevada (5/16) ... doubled in all three NCAA Regional games and hit .636 (7-for-11) with eight RBI over the weekend ... one of 10 players in the Pac-10 with a perfect fielding percentage, having not recorded an error in 67 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 19 appearances in the circle this season, including 15 starts ... owns a 13-3 record with a 2.27 ERA and 101 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 (.218), 10th in strikeouts and 10th in wins ... 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 ... retired the final three batters in Stanford's opening NCAA Regional win over Portland State (5/15).
#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 ... an All-Pac-10 First Team selection for the second year in a row, earning her fourth career all-conference nod ... named an All-West Region pitcher ... Stanford's ace in the circle, having made 41 starts and notched a 34-6 record ... ranks among the top-10 pitchers in the nation in three major pitching categories, coming in third in shutouts (18), fourth in wins (34) and sixth in strikeouts (344) ... also among the nation's top-50 in ERA (33rd, 1.45) and K's per game (22nd, 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 ... the co-Pac-10 win leader with Washington's Danielle Lawrie (34) ... ranks third in the Pac-10 in ERA (1.45) and opposing average (.174), while coming in second in strikeouts (344) ... has thrown 37 complete games and tallied a school-record 18 shutouts ... has 344 K's on the year, marking her third consecutive 300-K season ... 344 K's and 34 wins both rank third on Stanford's single-season chart ... Stanford's career leader in K's (1,247), shutouts (50), wins (118) and innings pitched (1066.1) ... the first player in the nation to reach 1,200 career K's, doing so against Arizona State on May 1 ... tied as the 16th-winningest pitcher in NCAA history and the sixth-winningest in Pac-10 history (118) ... also among the NCAA's 20 all-time strikeout leaders ... 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 seven 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 18 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 ... recorded 11 K's in the postseason opener against Portland State (5/15) ... threw a two-hitter in Stanford's second postseason win against Nevada (5/16) ... nabbed her 18th shutout of the year against Cal Poly to clinch the Stanford Regional title (5/17) ... 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 37 games this season, primarily as a pinch runner ... suffered a broken hand in early April and was limited to base-running duties for most of the conference season ... has scored 14 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) ... scored in Stanford's NCAA Regional win over Nevada (5/16).
#13 Rosey Neill
Junior * Catcher * R/R
Laguna Hills, CA (Laguna Hills)
2009 Season: Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row ... also received All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention ... started all 56 games for the Cardinal as its primary catcher ... among the school's 10 career home run (35/3rd), RBI (115/8th) and walk (92/3rd) leaders ... leads the team with nine home runs this season ... ranks among the top 40 players in the nation with 37 walks (32nd, 0.66 per game) ... paces the team in the category, has the third highest walk total in school history and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 ... is slugging .476 on the year with 18 extra-base hits and 29 RBI ... hitting .231 on the year with a .396 on-base percentage ... has thrown out seven runners and owns a .994 fielding percentage with just three errors in 468 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 (446).
#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: An All-Pac-10 Freshman Team selection ... has appeared in 54 games as a rookie and made 52 starts ... has primarily played right field, but has also seen limited time as a catcher and infielder ... owns a .253 batting average with 39 hits, eight doubles, a triple and 19 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 ... was 2-for-3 with an RBI double and two runs against Nevada in the NCAA Regional (5/16) ... finished her first postseason weekend with a .333 average (3-for-9).
#27 Brittany Minder
Sophomore * Catcher * R/R
Moreno Valley, CA (Valley View)
2009 Season: Has made 29 appearances and 15 starts for Stanford ... primarily used as a pinch hitter/designated player this season, but is also a capable catcher ... hitting .209 with nine hits in 43 at bats ... has also walked seven times and been hit by a pitch five times to post a .382 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: Named to the All-Pac-10 Second Team ... also earned All-West Region honors for the first time in her career ... has started all 56 games for the Cardinal, primarily at third base but also at second base ... owns a .306 batting average with 49 hits (third on the team) ... ranks second on the team with 44 RBI, four triples and eight home runs ... third on the team with 36 runs scored, a .525 slugging percentage and a .435 on-base percentage ... ranks second in the conference in triples and is among the league's 10 leaders with 30 walks ... has hit in 31 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 ... an ESPN Academic All-District VIII First Team pick and is in contention to become the school's second Academic All-American.