May 8, 2007
DAVIS, Calif. -- Stanford scored four unearned runs in the first inning on its way to an 11-5 victory over host UC Davis, Tuesday afternoon, at La Rue Field. The Cardinal entered the game ranked No. 16 in both major national polls. Michelle Smith hit two home runs and drove in four runs for the Cardinal, which scored a total of six unearned runs on the day. The Aggies' Sarah O'Neill went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Natalie Moss, Julie Stauder and Erin Emde each drove in a run. The loss drops UC Davis to 30-25-1 on the year while Stanford improves to 33-16-1.
In the top of the first, the Cardinal loaded the bases on a walk, single and a hit batter. With two outs, Maddy Coon reached on an error in the outfield allowing three runners to score, giving Stanford a 3-0 lead. Erin Howe followed with an RBI-single to drive in Coon with the fourth run.
In the bottom of the second, Emde led off with a single. Ashley Johnson and Mandy Salcido walked to load the bases with no outs. After a pop-up for the first out, Moss walked to drive in the first run of the game for UC Davis. After a pitching change, the Cardinal retired the next two Aggies to end the inning.
Alissa Haber led off the Stanford third with a triple and came home to score on a two-run homer by Smith. The blast put the Cardinal ahead, 6-1.
It stayed that way until the bottom of the fourth when Stauder delivered a two-out single to drive in Salcido and cut the lead to 6-2.
In the fifth, Smith hit another two-run homer to give the Cardinal an 8-2 advantage. The lead ballooned to nine runs in the seventh when Stanford scored three more times. The final two runs to cross were unearned.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Aggies rallied for three runs. With two outs and runners at first and second, O'Neill doubled to drive in Deanna Menapace and Stauder. Emde followed with a double to left center to make it 11-5.
The Aggies used three pitchers on the day. Lindsay Tognetti started and went three innings. Jessica Hancock pitched three innings before Lauren Pieretti pitched the seventh.
In all, Stanford outhit UC Davis, 10-6, and benefited from four Aggie errors.
UC Davis next faced Cal State Northridge in a three-game series to close out the season. The teams play a doubleheader on Friday scheduled to begin at noon. The series concludes Saturday at noon. Saturday's game will also mark Senior Day as well as the 3rd Annual UC Davis "Strikeout for Cancer." Proceeds from the event will go to the UC Davis Cancer Center.