No. 3 Softball Suffers 11-3 Defeat To No. 10 Washington

April 13, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. - No. 3 Stanford softball suffered its worst loss of the 2002 season Saturday afternoon in Seattle, dropping an 11-3 decision to No. 10 Washington in five innings. The Huskies became the first team to score 10 runs against the Cardinal in one game since UCLA accomplished the feat in a 12-1 mercy-rule victory back on April 25, 1999.

Washington's Kristen Rivera homered twice as the Huskies pounded out 11 hits against the Cardinal, who suffered its worst defeat since an 8-0 loss at UCLA on April 28, 2001.

Stanford (33-7, 4-4 Pac-10), which has now lost two in a row, jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning against the Huskies. Sophomore Jessica Allister's (Nacogdoches, Texas) single to right field plated seniors Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.), who walked to lead off the game, and Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.), who reached base safely on a fielder's choice.

The Huskies (32-14, 1-6 Pac-10) would answer back in the home half of the inning, scoring four runs on four hits to take a 4-2 lead. Jaime Clark's RBI single plated Becky Simpson, who reached on an error, and Amanda Oleson's two-run triple to deep center gave the Huskies a 3-2 advantage. Kathy Fiske's RBI single to left made it 4-2, concluding the first-inning scoring barrage.

Washington struck for three more runs in the bottom of the second, as Rivera uncorked a three-run home run to left field, scoring Steph Nicholson and Rita Roach for a 7-2 edge.

The Cardinal cut the lead to 7-3 in the top of the fourth inning, as Allister came around to score on freshman Meghan Sickler's (Houston, Texas) bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left.

However, the Huskies would respond with three runs of their own in the bottom of the fourth. Clark drove in her second run of the afternoon, scorching a triple to right center that plated Simpson for an 8-3 Husky lead. Rivera then followed with the second of her two home runs on the day, a two-run shot to left center to give UW a 10-3 advantage.

Washington's Simpson singled to drive home pinch runner Traci Tawney in the bottom of the seventh to round out the scoring.

Stanford's Allister had the only two hits of the game for the Cardinal, along with the two RBI.

The Huskies' Tia Bollinger improved to 15-7 with the win, while Stanford's Maureen LeCocq took the loss in relief. She is now 13-4.

Stanford concludes its road swing through the Pacific Northwest tomorrow afternoon, when it battles No. 10 Washington at 1 p.m. The Cardinal will then play host to UC Santa Barbara in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m., before taking on No. 1 Arizona and No. 6 Arizona State later in the week.

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