Stanford Upsets No. 1 Arizona, 4-3
April 11, 2003
Tucson, Ariz. -
Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) hit two solo home runs and Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) struck out 12 batters to lead the 16th-ranked Stanford softball team to a 4-3 upset over top-ranked Arizona on Friday night in front of 2,237 fans at Hillenbrand Stadium. The victory marks only the third all-time against the Wildcats for the Cardinal, who also handed Arizona its first Pac-10 defeat.
Stanford improves to 31-14 overall and 3-4 in conference play. The Wildcats drop to 37-4 and 6-1 in the Pac-10.
Morris got Stanford on the scoreboard first, taking a 1-2 pitch over the center field wall for her fourth home run of the season. The Cardinal then got consecutive base hits from Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) and Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) to put runners at the corners. With two outs, Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) delivered a double to left center to plate Lappin for the 2-0 Stanford lead in the first inning.
Arizona threatened in the bottom of the first inning with runners on first and second with one out. Cardinal starter Sorensen fanned Jackie Coburn and caught Mackenzie Vandergeest looking on the third strike to get out of the jam.
With two outs in the second, Morris hit her second homer of the game off Wildcat starter Alicia Hollowell to extend Stanford's lead 3-0. Lappin followed with a double and Brangham walked, but both were left stranded.
The Wildcats again put runners on first and second with one out, but Sorensen got Shelly Schultz to pop up to Lappin at short and struck out Crystal Farley looking on the third strike to hold the Stanford lead.
Arizona got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. With two outs, Vandergeest recorded a two-run double to get the Wildcats within 3-2 of the Cardinal. Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) answered back in the top of the sixth with a solo shot to start the inning, marking her second home run of the year and giving Stanford a 4-2 advantage.
The Wildcats got runners on first and second with no outs, but Sorensen retired the next three batters to end the sixth frame.
Lovie Jung hit her 21st home run of the year to lead off the bottom of the seventh, making it 4-3 Stanford. The Wildcat had runners at second and third with one out, but Sorensen caught Lisha Ribellia's hit and got Schultz to pop up to Bendig at third ending the game.
Sorensen picked up her 14th win of the year and tallied her 12th double-digit strikeout performances. She went the distance, scattering eight hits. Morris and Lappin both went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
The Cardinal last beat Arizona on April 9, 2000 in Tucson. Sorensen (then a freshman) won the contest.
Stanford will continue its three-game road trip with a 7 p.m. contest against Arizona State on Saturday.
No. 16 Stanford 210 001No. 1 Arizona 000 020WP: Dana Sorensen (14-5)LP: Alicia Hollowell (24-3)2B: Lauren Lappin, Elizabeth Bendig (STAN); Mackenzie Vandergeest, Wendy Allen (ARIZ)HR: Catalina Morris (2), Maureen LeCocq (STAN); Lovie Jung (ARIZ)Records: Stanford 31-14 (3-4), Arizona 37-4 (6-1)