Cardinal Falls To Cal, 2-1
April 18, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team outhit its opponent 5-3, but could not recover from a two-run home run by California's Courtney Scott giving the No. 10 Golden Bears a 2-1 victory over the Cardinal in a Pac-10 game at Smith Family Stadium on Friday night. Stanford freshman Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) led all hitters with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate.
The Cardinal fall to 32-16 overall and 4-6 in the conference, while Cal improves to 36-12 and 5-5 in league play.
California came out at the start, loading the bases with one out in the top of the first inning. Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) then got Jessica Pamanian to ground out ending the threat.
The Golden Bears continued to pressure in the third with the game still scoreless. Again Cal load the bases, this time with one out, but Sorensen stepped up and got Pamanian and Chelsea Spencer to pop out and end the Golden Bear rally.
The game was tied at 0-0 until the fifth inning when Scott hit a one-out two-run home run over the left field fence for the 2-0 Cal lead.
Stanford pulled within one run when Morris recorded her third single of the night to start the sixth inning. Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) walked, but was out at second on Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) fielder's choice. With one out Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) delivered a fly ball that scored Morris for the Cardinal's lone run of the game.
The Cardinal made things interesting in the seventh when Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) singled down the left field line, but could not push the run across.
Sorensen took the loss for Stanford, falling to 15-6. In the complete game she scattered three hits and fanned nine Cal batters. Morris had three of the Cardinal's five hits.
Both teams will meet tomorrow for a doubleheader in Berkeley beginning at 1 p.m.
No. 10 Cal 000 020 0 2-3-1No. 15 Stanford 000 001 0 1-5-0WP: Kelly Anderson (15-6)LP: Dana Sorensen (15-6)HR: Courtney Scott (CAL)Records: California 36-12 (5-5 Pac-10), Stanford 32-16 (4-6 Pac-10)