The No. 12 Stanford softball team continued its success with a 2-0 home win over Saint Mary’s last night. The victory was the Cardinal’s 16th win in its last 17 games.
Senior pitcher Ashley Chinn led Stanford (24-4) with a dominant performance on the mound. Chinn went six innings and allowed only four hits to improve to 11-0 on the season. She struck out four without walking a batter. For the game, only one Gael batter reached second base and none reached third. Sophomore pitcher Teagan Gerhart pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning for her first save of the season.
Britany Linton took the hard-luck loss for Saint Mary’s (4-12), as she only allowed one earned run in 3.2 innings of work.
Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen got Stanford on the board with a one-out, solo home run to center in the third inning. Freshman Corey Hanewich tacked on another run in the fourth inning with an RBI single after an error by Gael shortstop Christine Torrise.
The Cardinal almost scored a third run in the fifth, but sophomore pinch runner Caitlin Breen was thrown out at home plate. Despite managing only two runs for the game, Stanford had at least one hit in every inning.
This weekend marks the start of the Pac-10 season for the Cardinal. Stanford will open up conference play with a three-game home series against No. 7 Arizona starting Friday at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game will start at 1 p.m., while Sunday’s will start at 12 p.m. All three games will take place at Smith Family Stadium.