Cardinal Move On To Championship Game Of Stanford Invitational
Feb. 15, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Freshman Catalina Morris ' (Sonoita, AZ) RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning led the 14th-ranked Cardinal softball team to a 2-1 win over Penn State, sending them into the championship game of the Stanford Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal improve to 9-2 overall and will face Kentucky in tomorrow's title game.
Pitcher Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) picked up her first win in her first start since Feb. 2, 2002 after redshirting last season due to injury, going the distance against the Nittany Lions. Sorensen, a two-time All-American, recorded eight strikeouts and allowed just three hits in seven innings.
Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) led the second inning off with a single and pinch runner Megan Bordelon (Laguna Niguel, CA) advanced to second on Morris' sacrifice bunt. Following a Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) walk and a Penn State wild pitch, Bordelon scored on Elizabeth Bendig's (Santa Ana, CA) fielder's choice giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.
Penn State tied the game in the sixth inning when Barbie Pierce led off the inning with a double. With two outs and runners at second and third, Gina Bianchini's sacrifice fly scored Scarlett Neal who was pinch running for Pierce to tie the game at 1-1. Sorensen then got Erin Norton to pop up to second baseman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) to end the inning.
Stanford then broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth. Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) started the Cardinal rally with a double and advanced to third on LeCocq's ground out to first. Morris then hit the game-winning single to give Stanford the 2-1 lead.
The Nittany Lions threatened with runners on first and second in the seventh inning with two outs. Sorensen got Pierce to line out, ending the game and sending the Cardinal to the championship contest.
In earlier action, Stanford posted a 5-2 win over Missouri in its final game of round robin action. The Cardinal scored two runs in the second off Lauren Lappin's (Anaheim, CA) two RBI single to left, scoring Morris and Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX). Stanford added one more run in the third when Ching led the inning off with a single. Ching stole second and scored on Jessica Allister's (Nacogdoches, TX) single to center, giving the Cardinal a 3-0 advantage.
Missouri rallied back, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth. The Cardinal answered back with two of their own when Bendig doubled down the leftfield line to score Morris and Sickler.
Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) got her sixth win of the season to stand a perfect 6-0. Nyberg finished with five strikeouts and allowed six Tiger hits in six innings of work. Lappin led Stanford offensively, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Morris was 2-for-3.
Missouri and Penn State will start things off tomorrow at 10 a.m. in the 3rd place game, while Stanford and Kentucky will play for the championship at noon.
Game #1Missouri 000 200 0 2-8-2Stanford 021 200 x 5-9-1WP: Tori Nyberg (6-0)LP: Erin Kalka (3-2)Leading Hitters: Miss -- Kunkel and Vassmer (2-4); Stan - Lappin (3-3), Morris (2-3).2 RBI: Stan - Bendig, LappinRecords: Missouri 5-3, Stanford 8-2
Game #2Penn State 000 001 0 1-3-0Stanford 010 001 x 2-5-0WP: Dana Sorensen (1-0)LP: Tina Skelly (0-2)Records: Penn State 0-4, Stanford 9-2