Stanford Wins Two In Final Day of Cathedral City Classic
Feb. 28, 2010
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Stanford softball team improved to 12-2 with two wins, Sunday, at the Cathedral City Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The Cardinal defeated Syracuse, 7-3, in its first game of the day before shutting out UNLV, 6-0, in game two.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart started both games for the Cardinal in the circle, improving to 7-1 on the season. She threw 6.0 innings and retired four batters in the win over Syracuse. She followed up with a complete game shutout of UNLV, tying her season best with eight strikeouts and no walks. Freshman Jenna Rich made her first appearance of the year, pitching the final inning against Syracuse.
Offensively, senior Shannon Koplitz was 4-6, hitting .667 with a home run and four RBI in the two games. Junior Melisa Koutz entered the lineup against UNLV and was a perfect 3-3 with a home run and two RBI.
In game one, Stanford retired the side to start the game, not allowing Syracuse to gain any type of momentum. The Cardinal scored one run in the bottom of the first, as senior Rosey Neill brought home sophomore Ashley Hansen on a single through the left side.
The Cardinal added to its lead in the bottom of the second inning. Batting in the number nine spot, sophomore Sarah Hassman reached on a fielder's choice. Senior Alissa Haber singled to left field, brining home Hassman for the 2-0 Stanford lead.
Syracuse came back to take the lead, scoring one run in the third and two in the fourth. Left fielder Rachel Helman singled to center field for the Orange's first hit of the game. Two batters later, right fielder Lisaira Daniels hit a double to the gap in left center, bringing home Helman. Then, in the top of the fourth, first baseman Kelly Saco led off with a home run to left center to tie the score at 2-2. The Orange kept its momentum, loading the bases on Gerhart. Center fielder Veronica Grant provided the go-ahead run with a single to right field.
However, Stanford was aggressive in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five runs to regain the lead. Hassman was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then stole second base to move into scoring position. Haber's RBI single through the right side tied the score at 3-3.
Haber stole second and then advanced to third on a throwing error by the Syracuse catcher. She scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. Rich got on base with a single through the left side and then stole second. Sophomore Maya Burns drew a walk and Rich moved to third on an illegal pitch. With Koplitz up to bat, Burns stole second before moving to third on an illegal pitch, which scored Rich. Koplitz appeared to be out on a fly ball to center field, but a third illegal pitch brought her back to the plate. The senior then hit her first home run of the season, a two-run shot to left center field to conclude the scoring for the Cardinal.
Against UNLV, Stanford scored a combined five runs in the first three innings to jump out to a 5-0 lead. Rich recorded her first collegiate triple to get on base first for the Cardinal. Burns hit an RBI single to right field to put the Cardinal on the board.
Stanford added another run in the bottom of the second inning as Koutz hit her first home run of the season, and just the third of her career, to give the Cardinal a 2-0 cushion. Stanford went on to extend its lead, scoring three runs in the third. Hansen walked and Rich singled to center field to put two runners on base. The pair advanced on an illegal pitch and then Koplitz drove Hansen home. Rich then scored on an illegal pitch and Koutz hit a single to score Koplitz.
Stanford added its final run in the bottom of the sixth as Hansen got on base with a double to left field. It was Koplitz again getting the RBI as she singled through the right side.
Stanford will remain on the road next weekend, traveling to Fullerton, Calif., for the DeMarini Invitational, March 5-7. The Cardinal will play five games over the three-day span, three against ranked opponents, including third-ranked Florida.