Pac-10 Softball Round-Up: April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

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STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 14 Stanford Cardinal snapped a seven-game skid, defeating San Jose State 4-1, Tuesday, at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal improves to 31-12 overall, while the Spartans drop to 30-19 on the season.

Junior Ashley Chinn picked up the win for the Cardinal, pushing her record to 7-4 on the year. The Belmont, Calif., native threw her first complete game since an 8-0 five-inning win over Illinois on Feb. 19. She totaled five strikeouts while giving up five hits and one unearned run in 6.0 innings pitched. San Jose State's Amanda Pridmore took the loss, dropping to 14-8.

Offensively, senior Alissa Haber  tallied an RBI double, while sophomore Maya Burns was 2-3 on the night. Sophomore Ashley Hansen added an RBI single for the Cardinal.

Stanford took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Burns singled to right center field and advanced to second as two Spartans hesitated on the play. Burns scored from second as designated player Melisa Koutz reached on an error by San Jose State short stop BranDee Garcia. The Cardinal would load the bases, but was unable to capitalize stranding the three remaining base runners.

The Cardinal increased its lead in the fourth inning, scoring three runs with two outs. Burns tallied her second hit of the day and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Koutz. Sophomore Sarah Hassman hit an infield single to put two runners on for Stanford. Hassman advanced to second with her 19th stolen base of the season, matching her stolen bases total from a year ago.

Back at the top of the order, Haber hit a double down the left line that scored both Burns and Hassman for the 3-0 Stanford lead. Still with two outs, Hansen registered an RBI single to center field, scoring Haber, to give the Cardinal the 4-0 advantage.

The Spartans avoided the shutout, plating one run in the top of the sixth inning. Brittany McConnell led off with a double off the left center field wall. She was brought home on an RBI single by second baseman Julianne Aiello. However, the run was unearned due to an error earlier in the inning by Stanford third baseman Shannon Koplitz.

The Cardinal resumes Pac-10 play, Friday, Apr. 30, against No. 7 Arizona State at 7 p.m. from Smith Family Stadium. Game two of the three-game conference series is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at 1 p.m., with the finale on Sunday, May 2 at Noon.




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