March 11, 2007

Gauchos Shutout By No. 12 Cardinal in Stanford Classic Championship Game

March 11, 2007

Box Score

STANFORD, Calif. - Michelle Smith's two-run homer to left field in the bottom of the first inning led the No. 12 Stanford softball team over UC Santa Barbara Saturday afternoon in the championship game of the Stanford Classic, which was held this weekend at the Smith Family Field.

The Gauchos fall to 16-7 on the season after taking second place in the tournament while the Cardinal improves to 21-5 overall.

Sophomore Christine Ramos led off for the Gauchos at the top of the first inning with a single to second base, which would turn out to be the lone UCSB hit of the game. Sacrifice bunts from both Jessica Hejna and Tisha Duran moved Ramos to third but Tiffany Wright struck out swinging to end the inning for the Gauchos.

Senior hurler Jennifer Davis struck out the first two Cardinal batters at the bottom of the first before Shannon Koplitz singled to left field. With two outs and a runner on first, Smith pounded a homerun off the left field foul pole to put Stanford up 2-0.

The Gauchos were unable to get their offense going in the remaining innings, as they did not produce another hit. Santa Barbara earned three walks, but all runners were left stranded.

Ramos led the Gauchos going 1-for-2 with the only Santa Barbara hit of the day and Davis picked up the loss after allowing two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out five in six innings of work. The Whittier, Calif. native is now 2-5 on the season.

Missy Penna picked up her second win of the weekend over the Gauchos after throwing a complete seven innings allowing no runs, one hit, walking three and fanning six batters. Penna, who also hit a double for the Cardinal, is now 13-2 on the year from the circle.

Santa Barbara will be back in action next Saturday, March 17 when they host New Mexico State for a doubleheader beginning at noon at Campus Diamond.