No. 17 Stanford Comes Back To Beat Oregon State, 9-3
May 9, 2003
Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State scored three runs in the bottom of the first but the 17th-ranked Stanford softball team rallied for five in the fifth and four in the seventh innings to defeat the Beavers 9-3 at the OSU Softball Complex on Friday afternoon. With the win the Cardinal improve to 39-23 and 6-13 in the Pac-10.
Oregon State jumped out to a three run lead after the first inning of play. Shelly Prochaska recorded an RBI single that scored Clare Burnum and Vanessa Iapala added a two-run RBI base hit that plated Brynnen Guthrie and Prohaska.
Cardinal starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) then settled down and allowed only one hit the next three innings.
Stanford finally broke through in the fifth inning after being shutout by Beaver starter Monica Hoffman. The Cardinal scored five runs on six hits, including a string of four consecutive. Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) and Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) started things off with back-to-back singles up the middle. Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) then delivered a double off the left field wall, plating Ching for Stanford's first run of the game. Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) kept the rally going with a two-run single to tie the game at 3-3. Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) and Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) followed with singles and Cassi Brangham's (Clovis, CA) shallow fly ball to left field was midhandled, scoring both Megan Bordelon (Laguna Niguel, CA) who was pinch running for Nelson and Lappin to take the 5-3 lead.
Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) came in to relieve Sorensen in the fifth, retiring Oregon State in order. Stanford then added four insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Brangham doubled to left scoring Hoffman and Lappin, and Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) followed with her 11th home run of the year to put the Cardinal up 9-3.
Sorensen picked up her 19th win of the season, going four innings and recording four strikeouts. Nyberg pitched the final three innings, fanning six Oregon State batters in her first save of the year. Hoffman and Ching each finished with two hits in the 10-hit Stanford attack. Brangham, Allister and Nelson all recorded two RBI in the win.
The Cardinal will finish off their regular season at Oregon tomorrow with a doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m.
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