No. 13 Stanford Gets Back On Track, Beats Oregon State 10-1
April 6, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - After two tough losses in extra innings on Friday and Saturday night, the 13th-ranked Stanford softball team used 11 hits in just five innings to defeat visiting Oregon State 10-1 in Pac-10 play on Sunday afternoon at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal, ending their three-game losing streak, improve to 28-14 (2-4 Pac-10) while the Beavers fall to 25-18 and 1-6 in the conference.
Stanford wasted no time getting its offense started when Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) led off with a double to left and was sacrificed to third by Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA). Senior Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) delivered a sacrifice fly to center plating Morris and giving the Cardinal a 1-0 lead.
The bats stayed alive in the second inning when Lappin singled to score Michelle Thiry (Renton, WA) with one out. Brangham picked up two more RBI with her base hit that scored Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) and Morris. Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) executed a squeeze bunt with Lappin for Stanford's fourth run of the inning to make it 5-0 Cardinal.
Stanford continued to tack on runs in the third. Thiry's single loaded the bases with no outs and Sickler's ground out scored Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA). Morris followed with an RBI single and Lappin cleared the bases with a triple to center for a 9-0 Cardinal advantage. Ching singled up the middle for Stanford's 10th run of the game to plate Lappin.
Oregon State answered back in the fourth when Kelly Petersen homered for the Beavers first run of the game. Oregon State loaded the bases with two outs, but Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) fanned Cara Maxey to get out of the inning.
The Beavers got two runners on in the fifth, but Vanessa Iapala's ground out to shortstop ended the game. Stanford won 10-1 in the fifth inning due to the eight-run rule.
Sorensen got her 13th win of the season to move to 13-5. She scattered three hits and struck out three in five innings of work. Stanford finished with 11 hits by seven different players. Morris, Lappin, Ching and Thiry all had two hits, while Lappin and Brangham each finished with three RBI.
The Cardinal will host Cal Poly on Wednesday for a midweek doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium.
Oregon State 000 10 1-3-1No. 13 Stanford 145 0x 10-11-0WP: Dana Sorensen (13-5)LP: Amy Klever (6-5)2B: Kelly Petersen (OSU); Catalina Morris, Jessica Allister (STAN)3B: Lauren Lappin (STAN)HR: Kelly Petersen (OSU)Records: Oregon State 25-18 (1-6), Stanford 28-14 (2-4)