No. 5 Stanford Drops Hoosiers 10-1
Feb. 27, 2009
FULLERTON, Calif. - Indiana catcher Brittany Stein hit her second home run of the season but the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal scored five times in both the second and third innings to earn the 10-1 victory in five innings against the Hoosiers (1-11). The game was played at Anderson Family Field on the campus of Cal State Fullerton as part of the DeMarini Invitational.
In the top of the first two Stanford (14-1) batters reached via base hits and then a sac bunt moved them to second and third with one out. Following a walk to load the bases, Wright (0-3) dug in and struck out the fifth batter of the inning on a tremendous change up that had the batter way out in front. With two outs, the defense bailed Wright out when she induced a popup just behind the circle that second baseman Julie DiNallo dove for and caught just in front of second base before it hit the ground to end the inning with no damage done.
In the top of the second, Stanford got a bases loaded triple that was later followed by a sacrifice fly and an RBI double to take a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the second Stein stepped in and got into a pitch on the outside corner and drove it deep to left center field for a home run to make the score 5-1 in favor of Stanford.
But the Cardinal were not done with the offense when they came to bat in the top of the third inning. They used a pair of triples in the inning to plate five more runs and stake themselves to a 10-1 lead.
Stanford starting pitcher Ashley Chinn (5-0) did the rest, allowing just two hits and one run while striking out four to remain undefeated on the year. Monica Wright took the loss for Hoosiers, giving up four runs on three hits but the three walks proved to be her undoing.
Alyssa Maiese came on in relief and went one inning and surrendered six runs, but only three were earned, on three hits and walked four. Ashley Hobbs recorded the final 2.2 innings and gave up just one hit while walking two and fanning one.
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