Ninth-Ranked Cardinal Earns Second Straight Win Over California
April 2, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team picked up its second straight win over rival California, 5-1, Friday at Smith Family Stadium, to improve to 2-0 in the Pac-10 and 27-4 overall. The 14th-ranked Golden Bears drop to 0-2 in the conference and 28-8 on the season.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart earned the win for the Cardinal, moving to 20-3 on the year. She tallied two strikeouts on the night, and has given up just one run in 19 total innings against the Bears. Cal's Jolene Henderson took the loss and falls to 12-3 overall.
Offensively, Stanford was led by freshman Jenna Rich and seniors Alissa Haber and Shannon Koplitz. Rich was 2-3 with an RBI double, while Haber tallied one hit and two RBI and Koplitz was 1-3 with an RBI.
The Cardinal got on the board first, taking a 2-0 lead after two complete. Rosey Neill led off the inning with a walk and was replaced by freshman pinch runner Jaquilyn Edwards. Edwards moved to second as Melisa Koutz grounded out to first base. Sophomore Sarah Hassman also drew a walk to put two runners on for the Cardinal. Back at the top of the order, Haber recorded a two RBI double to right centerfield for the early Stanford advantage.
Cal came back to put up one run in the top of the third, but Stanford answered with three more runs in the fifth to put the game away.
Hassman led off with a bunt single for the Cardinal. With two outs, Rich registered an RBI double to right centerfield for a 3-1 lead. Not to be out done, Koplitz followed with an RBI double to left centerfield to score Rich. The third baseman then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored the final run as sophomore Maya Burns reached on an error by Cal short stop Vernae Sevilla.
Stanford and Cal will wrap up the three-game series, Saturday, at Smith Family Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.