Stanford Falls To Oregon In 10 Innings, 3-2
April 4, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - Alyssa Laux delivered a two-out single in the 10th inning as No. 21 Oregon defeated the 13th-ranked Stanford softball team 3-2 on a chilly Friday night at the Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. With the loss the Cardinal fall to 27-13 (1-3 Pac-10), while Oregon moves to 18-9 (2-3 Pac-10) on the season.
Stanford jumped out to an early lead, scoring in the first inning. Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) walked and scored on Lauren Lappin's (Anaheim, CA) double to left center. The Cardinal threatened when Oregon starter Amy Harris walked two batters, but Stanford could not push another run across.
With two outs in the second, Oregon took a 2-1 lead on a two-run homer run by Jenn Poore. Stanford came right back and tied the game 2-2 in the bottom of the inning when Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) hit her first career home run over the left field fence.
The game then turned into a defensive battle as either team could string together a series of hits, sending the contest into extra innings.
In the top of the ninth, Oregon had runners on first and second with two outs. Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) turned it up and fanned Amber Hutchinson on three straight pitches to get out of the inning.
The Cardinal got a chance to score when Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) walked to lead off the ninth, but Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) popped up and Bendig struck out for two outs. Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) drew a two-out walk and Morris recorded an infield single to load the bases. Oregon reliever Andrea Vidlund ended the Stanford rally when she got Lappin to ground into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Laux then delivered her game-winning hit for the Ducks in the top of the 10th, scoring Poore who had earlier singled. Vidlund came back in the bottom of the inning and retired the Cardinal in order to pick up her third win of the year.
Sorensen took the loss, falling to 12-5, but finished with 12 strikeouts in 10 innings. Lappin and Bendig provided most of the Stanford offense. Lappin went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI, while Bendig was 2-for-4 with a double and a home run.
Stanford will return to conference action tomorrow night when Oregon State comes to town for a 7 p.m. contest. The two teams will also meet Sunday for a 1 p.m. game.
No. 21 Oregon 020 000 000 1 3-7-1No. 13 Stanford 110 000 000 0 2-7-1WP: Andrea Vidlund (3-10LP: Dana Sorensen (12-5)2B: Lauren Lappin, Elizabeth Bendig (STAN)HR: Elizabeth Bendig (STAN)Records: Oregon 18-9 (2-3), Stanford 27-13 (1-3)