Stanford Shuts Out Indiana, 4-0
March 7, 2010
FULLERTON, Calif. - The 10th-ranked Stanford softball team shut out Indiana, 4-0, Sunday, at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. The Cardinal improves to 15-3, while the Hoosiers drop to 6-10 on the season.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart picked up the win in the circle for the Cardinal, moving to 9-2 on the season. She struck out five batters, while giving up four hits and no walks on the day.
Offensively, sophomore Ashley Hansen led Stanford with a pair of RBI doubles in the first and fifth innings. Senior Alissa Haber added a hit and scored two runs for the Cardinal, while sophomore Maya Burns recorded an RBI single in the first inning.
The Cardinal got off to a good start in the opening inning. Haber led off and drew a walk to start the game. She then stole second base before Hansen hit her first RBI double to right center field to bring Haber home. Batting in the third spot, short stop Jenna Rich reached on a walk. Hansen and Rich then advanced to third and second, respectively, as Indiana pitcher Monica Wright was called for an illegal pitch. After third baseman Shannon Koplitz struck out looking, Burns hit an RBI single to right field to score Hansen. Rich also scored on the play as Indiana's Kelsey Stander made a fielding error to give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead.
Junior Melisa Koutz led off for the Cardinal in the second inning. During her at-bat the Hoosiers made a pitching change, moving their designated player Sara Olson to the circle. Koutz flew out to center field, and then Olson struck out both Jenna Becerra and Sarah Hassman to end the inning and keep the Cardinal lead at three.
Neither team was able to make any noise in the third and fourth innings. In the top of the fifth, Haber was hit by a pitch to put a runner on base for the Cardinal. Hansen then hit her second RBI double of the game to score Haber from first, increasing Stanford's lead to 4-0.
Indiana threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth as Stander got on base with a bunt single to Gerhart. She then stole second base and moved to third as the center fielder Samantha Heyman grounded out to Rich. Up next, Indiana's first baseman Amanda Wagner hit a ground ball up the middle, but Hansen made a spectacular play on the ball and just beat out the runner with her throw to Koutz at first base to end the inning.
The Cardinal will now take a week off for finals before returning to action March 19-21 as it hosts the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Stanford will play five games over the three-day span.