Haber, Hansen Lead Cardinal Past Ducks, 9-4
May 13, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Behind the bats of senior Alissa Haber and sophomore Ashley Hansen, the 15th-ranked Stanford softball team defeated No. 20 Oregon, Thursday, at Smith Family Stadium. With the win, the Cardinal improve to 34-17 overall and 6-13 in the Pac-10, while the Ducks drop to 33-17 and 8-11 in the conference.
Junior Ashley Chinn earned the win, pushing her season record to 9-8. The Belmont, Calif., native struck out seven batters while giving up four runs on six hits and issuing one walk in 7.0 innings of work. Oregon's Mikayla Endicott took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the year.
Stanford out hit Oregon, 8-6, as eight different Cardinal registered a hit. Hansen tallied a season high four RBI with her Pac-10 leading 17th double of the season. Haber added two RBI for the Cardinal, while senior catcher Rosey Neill hit her fourth home run of the season.
The Ducks jumped out to a 4-0 advantage after one-half inning. Lead-off hitter Alli Burger hit an infield single to put a runner on for Oregon. With two outs, clean-up hitter Kelsey Chambers hit an RBI double to left center field, scoring Burger. Still with two outs and two runners on base, second baseman Kaylan Howard hit a three-run shot to left field to give the Ducks the lead.
Stanford cut the lead to one in the bottom of the second inning. The Cardinal loaded the bases, bringing up Haber and the top of the order. The senior outfielder singled to center field, scoring both Maya Burns and Melisa Koutz. Sophomore Sarah Hassman advanced to third from first, while Haber moved to second on the throw to home plate. Hansen then recorded her sixth sacrifice fly of the season, which also leads the conference, to score Hassman.
Oregon's lead would not hold for long, as Stanford posted four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Neill led off the inning with a walk and then was pinch ran for by freshman Teagan Gerhart. Burns singled through the left side and freshman Alix Van Zandt also drew a walk to load the bases once again for the Cardinal. Gerhart scored on a passed ball, while Burns and Van Zandt both advanced, leaving room for Hassman who was walked as well. With two outs, Hansen cleared the bases with a double to left center field, giving Stanford a 7-4 lead in the game.
Stanford added one run in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings, including Neill's solo home run, to put the game out of reach for the Ducks.
Game two between the Stanford and Oregon is scheduled for Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m., while the series finale will be played Saturday, May 15 at Noon. Stanford will honor its three seniors prior to the game on Saturday at Smith Family Stadium.