Stanford Splits At Sacramento State

April 2, 2003

Sacramento, Calif. - The 13th-ranked Stanford softball team took a break from Pac-10 Conference play on Wednesday afternoon, splitting a doubleheader at Sacramento State. The Cardinal won the first contest 5-1, but dropped the nightcap 6-5 to stand at 27-12 overall.

Catalina Morris (Sonoita, CA) started the first game with a double and advanced to third on Jessica Allister's (Nacogdoches, TX) sacrifice bunt. Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) delivered a single that scored the game's first run as Stanford held a 1-0 lead.

The Hornets came back to tie the game in the third when Amber Dragomir scored on errors by the Stanford infield. Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) recorded a base hit in the top of the fifth that drove in Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA), who had earlier doubled, to retake the lead.

Stanford added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) led off the sixth with a single and was replaced by Megan Bordelon (Laguna Niguel, CA) at first place. Pinch-hitter Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) delivered a clutch two-out single that plated Bordelon. Morris then added a double to score Sickler for the 4-1 Cardinal advantage.

Brangham collected her third hit of the game in the seventh and later scored when Allister's hit was mishandled by the Sacramento State shortstop, plating Stanford's final run of the game.

Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) picked up her 12th win of the season to move to 12-4 on the year. She went six innings, scattering three hits and fanning 10 Hornet batters. Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) pitched the final inning for Stanford, retiring Sacramento State in order and collected two strikeouts.

Brangham led the Cardinal offense, going 3-for-4 at the plate, while Morris finished 2-for-3 with two doubles.

In the nightcap, Stanford jumped out to a 2-0 lead on Allister's sixth home run of the season over the left field fence also scoring Ching who had earlier tripled. The Cardinal added one more in the third off Ching's sacrifice fly to score Lappin for the 3-0 Stanford lead.

Sacramento State then stormed back with three runs in the bottom of third to tie the game. Pitcher Nicole Deatherage helped her own cause with a two-run double and Erin Coyne added a sacrifice fly to make it 3-3.

Ching recorded her second sacrifice fly in the game putting Stanford up 4-3 in the top of the fifth inning. In the sixth, the Hornets erupted for three runs highlighted by Lindy Winkler's two-run double and Amy Walter's RBI base hit to hold a 6-4 lead heading into the seventh inning.

Stanford fought back and came within one run when Lappin smashed a ball over the fence for her second home run of the season. Down 6-5, the Cardinal kept the rally going when Brangham doubled and advanced to third on Ching's fly ball. With two outs and the tying run on third, Deatherage got Allister to strikeout ending the game.

Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) took the loss for Stanford, falling to 12-6. Lappin led the 10-hit offense, going 3-for-4. Brangham chipped in two hits, including a double.

Stanford returns to Pac-10 play this weekend, starting with a contest versus Oregon on Friday at 7 p.m. The Cardinal will host Oregon State on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at the Smith Family Stadium.

Game OneNo. 13 Stanford	100  012  1	5-11-2Sacramento State	001  000  0	1-3-4WP: Dana Sorensen (12-4)LP: Brianne Ferguson (8-7)2B: Catalina Morris 2, Lauren Lappin, Katherine Hoffman (STAN); Amber Dragomir (SAC)Records: Stanford 27-11, Sacramento State 20-15

Game TwoNo. 13 Stanford 021 010 1 5-10-2Sacramento State 003 003 x 6-9-0WP: Nicole Deatherage (9-6)LP: Tori Nyeber (12-6)2B: Cassi Brangham (STAN), Nicole Deatherage (SAC)3B: Kira Ching (STAN), Lindy Winkler (SAC)HR: Jessica Allister, Lauren Lappin (STAN)Records: Stanford 27-12, Sacramento State 21-15

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