Stanford Drops Game Two; Gets Final Shot at World Series Later Tonight

May 22, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford softball team (48-10) dropped the second game of a three-game series tonight at Smith Family Stadium, 7-3, allowing the Arizona Wildcats to even the series at one game apiece. The two teams will play again tonight, with start time set for approximately 8:25 p.m.

Senior pitcher Missy Penna took the loss for Stanford, allowing four earned runs on 11 Arizona hits. Senior Jennifer Martinez (11-4) went four innings and claimed the win for Arizona, while junior Sarah Akamine entered in the fifth inning and collected her second save of the year.

Junior Shannon Koplitz was 2-for-3 to lead Stanford, while sophomore Brittany Lastrapes paced Arizona with three hits and two RBI.

Stanford scored at its first opportunity, pushing a run across in the top of the first on back-to-back hits by Ashley Hansen and Koplitz. Hansen doubled to right center to give Koplitz and RBI chance and the junior came through, snapping a single off of Sam Banister at first base that allowed Hansen to score.

Penna retired the Wildcats in order until the third inning, when second baseman Victoria Kemp got the first hit off of the Cardinal ace. Penna fanned back-to-back batters, but Lastrapes poked a single just out of the reach of Maddy Coon to extend the inning. With two aboard, junior K'Lee Arrendondo got ahold of Penna's first offering and sent a high fly ball over the right field fence.

Stanford tied it up immediately. Koplitz doubled to left center for her second hit of the night and scored when Maddy Coon drove a ball past Lastrapes in left field. Coon advanced to third on a fly ball hit by Koutz and scored the tying run on a sacrifice fly by Rosey Neill on the next at bat.

The Wildcats snatched the lead back in the bottom of the fourth, taking advantage of a two-out Stanford error. A walk issued to Banister and a single by Lini Koria put two Arizona runners on board to start the inning. The Cardinal managed to get two outs, but an infield error cost the Cardinal a run and brought Lastrapes up. The sophomore singled and drove in another run to give Arizona a 5-3 lead.

The lead grew in the fifth inning, when a double by Kemp scored pinch runner Jill Malina. Stacie Chambers singled to start the rally and was replaced by Malina at first. A single by Koria moved her into scoring position and Kemp slammed a ball off the right field wall drive her in.

In the sixth inning, the Wildcats pushed one more across. Karissa Buchanan dropped a ball in front of the plate and reached third on an overthrow to lead off the inning and later scored on a single by Lastrapes.

Stanford and Arizona will play the final game of the series later tonight, with first pitch set for approximately 8:25 p.m. The winner will advance to the 2009 Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

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