Maddy Dwyer and Caroline Lee each earned victories and the Stanford softball team beat CSUN, 2-0, and Michigan, 7-1 on Friday at the LSU Invitational.
Reliever Kiana Pancino finished both games as the Cardinal (9-2) is off to its best start since opening 2014 with 13 wins. Stanford was 6-5 after 11 games last year.
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Pancino completed the team's first shutout of the season, retiring all five batters she faced, including striking out the side in the seventh.
Montana Dixon put the Card on the board first in the first inning, lining a two-out single into centerfield to chase home Kristina Inouye.
Dixon struck again in the third after Stanford received a leadoff single from Emily Klingaman, who then moved to second on a wild pitch. Inouye did her job on the ensuing play, bouncing a ground ball to second to advance Klingaman. Following a Burks walk to put runners at the corners, Dixon dropped a squeeze bunt down the first base line to run the tally to 2-0.
Junior Alyssa Horeczko provided half of Stanford's four hits in the win, batting 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases while hitting out of the ninth spot in the order.
Against the Wolverines, Stanford scored six times on four hits to break a 1-1 tie and run away with a 7-1 victory over Michigan.
Pancino escaped a big jam in the sixth inning, inheriting runners at second and third with only one out in a tie game after taking over for Lee.
The right-hander induced a shallow fly ball to centerfield for the second out of the inning before Kristina Inouye made a stellar backhanded pick at third base on a hard-hit ball off the bat of Hoogenraad to retire the side.
In the sixth, Teaghan Cowles lined the first pitch of the inning into left field and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Emily Klingaman.
Inouye delivered the go-ahead hit on the next play, punching a single off the glove of Madison Uden at third base to bring home Cowles. The Cardinal eventually load the bases on the heels of consecutive hit-by-pitches, and freshman Kate Cressey made the most of her opportunity, lining a two-out, two-RBI single into left field to open the flood gates.
After a wild pitch scored Dixon and pushed the Cardinal lead to 5-1, Taylor Gindlesperger collected her first career hit – an RBI-single into centerfield to bring home Cressey. Gindlesperger would ultimately cap the scoring two plays later, racing around to score all the way from second base on another wild pitch.