No. 9 Stanford Defeats UC Davis, 6-2
March 23, 2010
DAVIS, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team picked up its seventh straight win, 6-2, Tuesday at UC Davis. The Cardinal improves to 21-3 on the season, while the Aggies drop to 9-18 overall.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart earned the start and the win for Stanford, pushing her season record to 14-2. She threw 7.0 innings, striking out four batters while giving up two hits.
Stanford finally got on the board third after being retired in order in the first two innings. First baseman Melisa Koutz led off with a single to center field. Freshman Jaquilyn Edwards entered the game to pinch run four Koutz and moved to second as designated player Jenna Becerra registered a single through the right side. Senior Alissa Haber loaded the bases with a single to left field, bringing up second baseman Ashley Hansen. The sophomore hit an RBI single up the middle, scoring Edwards, to start the Cardinal rally.
Still in the top of the third, and with two outs, third baseman Shannon Koplitz singled to left field to score both Becerra and Haber for a 3-0 Cardinal advantage. Sophomore Maya Burns kept the rally alive with her seventh double of the season, which scored Hansen and Koplitz and put Stanford on top 5-0 after two and a half innings.
The Cardinal added another run in the top of the fifth inning. Koplitz drew a walk to put one runner on with one out. Freshman Caitlin Breen entered the game as a pinch runner and moved to second on a base-hit from Burns. Koutz then tallied her second hit of the game, an RBI single to center field to score Breen.
After a pitching change by the Cardinal in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Aggies scored two runs to cut the Stanford lead to 6-2. With a runner on second, junior Ashley Chinn walked two straight batters to load the bases. UC Davis registered its first run after Chinn hit Sarah Axelson and the second on a wild pitch. Gerhart re-entered the game and recorded the third out to get Stanford out of the jam.
Up next, the Cardinal will return to The Farm for its final home tournament of the season, the Stanford Invitational, held Mar. 26-28 at Smith Family Stadium. Stanford will play five games over the three-day span.