March 8, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - No. 5 Stanford was only able to score one run against UC Davis, but it proved to be enough as the Cardinal defeated the Aggies, 1-0, Sunday on the final day of the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. It was Stanford's 23rd straight win and improved the Cardinal to 24-1. Following the game, UC Davis (10-9) was defeated by Illinois State, 3-1.
Stanford's Shannon Koplitz had a run-scoring single in the fifth to account for the game's only run. The Aggies threatened in the top of the seventh after two outs and no one on. Julie Stauder walked on a 3-2 pitch, and Rachel Miller doubled to put runners at second and third. Stanford hurler Missy Penna then forced a groundout to end the game.
The Cardinal managed just five hits against a combination of Jessica Hancock and Alex Holmes. Hancock threw the first three innings before Holmes took over in the fourth. Holmes suffered the loss, allowing one run on three hits with three strikeouts.
Almost all of the scoring in the ISU game took place in the first inning. The Redbirds plated two runs in the top of the inning before the Aggies responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. With two on and one out, Holmes singled to drive in Belinda Paine to cut the deficit to 2-1. ISU would add another run in the fifth while out-hitting the Aggies, 8-6.
UC Davis returns to action Wednesday in a doubleheader at Sacramento State.