No. 9 Stanford Outlasts Cal In 12 Inning Marathon
April 2, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team defeated No. 14 California, 1-0, in 12 innings, Thursday in the Pac-10 opener at Smith Family Stadium. With the win, the Cardinal improve to 1-0 in the conference and 26-4 overall, while the Golden Bears drop to 0-1 in the Pac-10 and 28-7 on the season.
It was a pitcher's dual throughout the game, but Stanford freshman Teagan Gerhart sealed the win by scoring the game-winning run. She through all 12 innings, striking out 10 batters while giving up just three hits and five walks. Gerhart recorded her 10th complete-game shutout of the season and pushed her record to 19-3. Junior Valerie Arioto took the loss for Cal, falling to 14-5 on the year.
Stanford outhit the Bears, 5-3, as senior Alissa Haber registered two of those hits for the Cardinal. Freshman Jenna Rich was 0-6 on the night, but provided the winning run on a fielder's choice with bases loaded.
Neither team was able to generate much offense throughout the contest. Stanford threatened in the bottom of the fifth inning as it loaded the bases with two outs, but it was unable to capitalize on the opportunity.
Finally in the bottom of the 12th, Gerhart led off with a single to left field. She moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Hassman, who ended up reaching on an error by Cal third baseman Vernae Sevilla. Both runners moved into scoring position as Haber grounded out to second base. Then, second baseman Ashley Hansen was intentionally walked to load the bases. Rich stepped up the plate and knocked in the winning run with a fielder's choice to the short stop. Taylor Kelly made the throw to home for Cal, but it was too late as Gerhart slid in for the victory.
Stanford and Cal will continue the three-game series, Friday, at Smith Family Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.