Cardinal Wins Twice On Final Day Of Louisville Slugger Classic

March 21, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. - The 10th-ranked Stanford softball team posted its fifth and sixth consecutive shutouts Sunday during the Louisville Slugger Classic at Smith Family Stadium to improve to 20-3 on the season. The Cardinal defeated Cal Poly 8-0 in six innings before edging Saint Mary's, 3-2, in game two.

Freshman pitcher Teagan Gerhart garnered the start against Cal Poly (11-9), throwing six scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks. The win improved the rookie to 13-2 on the season and marked her fifth straight complete game shutout. She also made an appearance against the Gaels, entering the game in the sixth inning to pick up the first save of her career.

Freshman Jenna Rich not only led the team offensively on Sunday, but she also earned her first collegiate start in the circle against Saint Mary's (11-12). The El Segundo, Calif., native threw five innings, striking out three batters, and allowed just one earned run to capture her first win of the season.

Offensively, Rich tallied three hits, including a triple and two home runs to lead the Cardinal with five RBI in the two contests. Against Cal Poly, sophomore Ashley Hansen was 3-4 with a double and two RBI, while senior Shannon Koplitz added an RBI double for Stanford. Versus Saint Mary's, senior catcher Rosey Neill hit a double with two RBI to pace the Cardinal.

Against Cal Poly, the Cardinal poured in the runs in the first two innings to take a quick 7-0 lead over the Mustangs. Senior outfielder Alissa Haber led off with a single up the middle and then advanced to third as Hansen singled through the right side. Rich, hitting in the third spot, ripped her first home run of the day, a three-run shot over the left field wall.

Stanford continued to display its offense in the bottom of the second, adding four more runs. With two outs, sophomore center fielder Sarah Hassman singled up the middle to start the rally. Back at the top of the order, Haber also singled up the middle and then advanced to second on the throw from the outfield, moving Hassman to third base. Up next, Hansen singled to left field, scoring both runners, and took an extra base on the throw to the plate. Rich then tripled to right center field to bring Hansen home for the third run of the inning. Koplitz followed that with an RBI single up the middle to cap the scoring in the inning.

The Cardinal added its final run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning to end the game early due to the run-rule. Koplitz doubled to center field to put herself in scoring position. Neill hit an RBI single to center field for Stanford's 19th win of the season.

In game two versus Saint Mary's, the Cardinal scored all three of its runs in the opening inning. Rich started the scoring with her second long ball of the day, another shot to left field. Koplitz and sophomore Maya Burns both reached with singles to left field. Neill then batted the runners in with a double to left center field for the early 3-0 lead.

The Gaels scored one run in the second and added another in the sixth to score the first runs against the Cardinal in six games. In the sixth, with one runner on and no outs, head coach John Rittman put Gerhart in the game to secure the Stanford win. She threw two innings, giving up just one hit and striking out four batters for the save.

Up next, Stanford will travel to Davis, Calif., for a Tuesday afternoon contest at UC Davis. The Cardinal will then return to The Farm for its final home tournament, the Stanford Invitational, held Mar. 26-28 at Smith Family Stadium.

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