Stanford opens softball season with a victory over Bradley

Whitney Burks hit a pair of home runs to help Stanford beat Bradley, 12-5, in its season opener Friday at the Kajiwaka Classic in Tempe. Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

Senior Whitney Burks drove in four runs on a pair home runs, Kristina Inouye tripled home three runs to break a tie and the Stanford softball team opened its season with a 12-5 victory over Bradley at the Kajiwaka Classic in Tempe on Friday.

Alyssa Horeczko also drove in three runs for the Cardinal.

Kristina Inouye /Stanford Athletics
Inouye drove in six runs as Stanford beat Kansas, 12-3, later Friday.

Burks, who hit a team-leading five home runs last year, hit a home run in her first at bat of the year, a solo shot that sailed over the centerfield fence. She added a three-run homer in the seventh. She also walked twice.

"I was trying to keep as calm as possible," Burks told Pac-12 Networks. "See the ball, hit the ball and good things happen if you can do that."

Inouye and Burks were two of six players with two hits in the game. Teaghan Cowles, Montana Dixon, Alyssa Horeczko and Emily Young each had multi-hit games. Dixon added a pair of RBIs.

Horeczko singled home a pair of runs and Dixon doubled in a run to help give Stanford a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth.

Bradley tied the game with four runs in its half of the fourth and it was still tied until Stanford scored eight times in the top of the seventh, highlighted by Inouye's bases-clearing triple and Burks' three-run homer.

Senior starter Carolyn Lee retired the first nine batters she faced Bradley scored four runs, three of them unearned. Junior Kiana Pancino took over in the sixth and allowed one hit in her two innings for the victory.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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