No. 4 Softball Drops To Stanford, 3-1

March 10, 2003

PLANT CITY, Fla. - The fourth-ranked Washington softball team (23-2-1) lost to No. 11 Stanford (21-6), 3-1, Sunday in the semifinal of the Speedline Invitational to be eliminated from the tournament.

The Cardinal took the early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on two hits. Catalina Morris led off the game with a single up the middle and moved to second base on a wild pitch. After UW hurler Tia Bollinger (Santa Ana, Calif.) caught the next batter looking at strikes, Jessica Allister drove a RBI single up the middle to put Stanford on top. Bollinger worked her way out of the inning with two more strikeouts.

Aimee Minor (San Jacinto, Calif.) hit a solo home run in the fourth inning to break up the no-hitter. Minor led off the inning with a towering home run over the left field fence to tie the game at one. Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) then reached base on an error by the Cardinal first baseman and proceeded to steal second and third base. Stanford ace Dana Sorensen notched a strikeout and a pop-up, however, to end the Husky threat.

Stanford challenged for the lead in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with one out on a walk, single and an intentional walk. Bollinger notched strikeouts number six and seven of the game to get the Huskies out of the jam unscathed.

The Cardinal scored the go-ahead run in the sixth frame on a two-out error. Stanford led off the inning with a single to center field and sacrificed her over to third base. Bollinger worked the next batter to a two-strike count but a misplayed ball at first base allowed Stanford to take the 2-1 lead.

Stanford built its lead to 3-1 in the seventh inning with a leadoff single and a RBI double and Washington was unable to answer in the bottom half of the frame.

Bollinger (11-1) took the loss for the Huskies, scattering eight hits and two walks, while fanning eight. Sorensen (9-1) earned the win for Stanford, holding UW to one hit, while striking out 14.

Washington returns to action March 13-16 when it competes in the Kia Klassic in Fullerton, Calif. The Huskies open the tournament versus No. 5 Texas.

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