The Stanford softball team rode a good pitching performance from sophomore Teagan Gerhart and a hot night at the plate from junior Ashley Hansen to blank UC-Davis 6-0 on Tuesday night.
Gerhart stretched her record to 18-8 by striking out six batters and only giving up six hits, while Hansen went 4-for-5 at the plate with a home run as Stanford (33-10) beat UC-Davis (19-22) for the third time this season.
Stanford took the lead in the top of the first inning, when Hansen brought home junior Sarah Hassman with a single, and Hansen stretched the Cardinal lead to 2-0 with a solo shot in the third, her seventh long ball of the season.
A bases-loaded walk later in the third gave Stanford a 3-0 lead, and the Cardinal brought home three more runs in the top of the fifth, capitalizing on the fourth UC-Davis error of the night and an RBI single from freshman Corey Hanewich.
The Cardinal returns to the Farm for its final home Pac-10 series of the year against the Washington Huskies this weekend. Stanford is 6-6 in conference so far this season.
Stanford and Washington square off in the first game of a three-game set on Friday at 7:00 p.m.