Stanford Drops Two, Ends Season At NCAA Regionals

May 16, 2003

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - The 17th-ranked Stanford softball team suffered a 6-1 loss to Southern Illinois in the first game of the day on Friday afternoon, sending them into the loser's bracket of the double elimination NCAA Regional in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Georgia Tech then scored a run in the top of the ninth inning to defeat the Cardinal 1-0, ending their season at 41-26.

Stanford, the second seed in the regional, finished with its sixth consecutive 40-win season and made the NCAA postseason for the sixth straight year.

In the second game against the Yellow Jackets Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) came out firing, striking out four consecutive to start the game and eight of the first 11 batters she faced. Lindsay Wood recorded the first hit of the contest for Georgia Tech in the second inning, but Sorensen fanned the next two batters to get out of the inning.

The Cardinal could not get the offense going, but Yellow Jacket starter Jessica Sallinger walked Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) and Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) to put runners on with one out in the fourth. Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) moved the runners to second and third with her ground ball, but Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) flied out to centerfield, ending the inning.

Georgia Tech's Katie Donovan got the second hit of the game in the seventh with one out and was sacrificed to second. Sorensen then got Soraya Reddick to pop up and end the threat. Sallinger shut down the Cardinal in order to send the contest into extra frames.

The Jackets got their third hit with one out, but Sorensen got Kirin Kumar to ground into a fielder's choice and Felicia Coursey to pop out in the eighth. Sallinger again retired Stanford in order in the bottom of the inning.

Wood delivered an RBI double scoring Kate Donovan in the top of the ninth, giving Georgia Tech a 1-0 lead. Sorensen retired the next batter, but the Cardinal went down in order in the bottom of the inning as the Yellow Jackets prevailed.

Sorensen, despite a 13-strikeout performance, took the loss for Stanford concluding the year at 21-11. She went the complete game, scattering five hits. Sallinger improves to 22-16, throwing her first no-hitter of the season.

In the first contest, Southern Illinois took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second off Katie Jordan's base hit. Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL), came in to relieve starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) and got Lindsey Bonnell to fly out and fanned Samantha Carter to end the inning. The Salukis tacked on three more in the third off Haley Viefhaus' RBI double and Jordan's bases loaded double, but Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) relayed in ball to Ching who fired the ball to Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) to get Kelly Creek out at the plate for the final out.

Stanford got one run back in the top of the fourth when Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) delivered a two-out RBI single to score Brangham to put the Cardinal within 4-1.

The Salukis added two more runs in the fourth on a wild pitch by reliever LeCocq and Viefhaus recorded a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Jenny Doehring to lead 6-1.

The Cardinal could only manage three hits, one each by Brangham, Ching and Lappin. Stanford used three pitchers, but Nyberg took the loss to fall to 15-11. The pitchers tallied two strikeouts, walked five and scattered 11 hits.

Game OneNo. 17 Stanford		000  100  0	1-3-1No. 24 Southern Illinois	013  200  x	6-11-1WP: Amy Harre (21-9)LP: Tori Nyberg (15-11)2B: Haley Viefhaus, Kelly Creek, Katie Jordan (SIU)Records: Stanford (41-25), Southern Illinois (38-12)

Game TwoGeorgia Tech 000 000 001 1-5-1No. 17 Stanford 000 000 000 0-0-0WP: Jessica Sallinger (22-16)LP: Dana Sorensen (21-11)2B: Lindsay Wood (GT)Records: Georgia Tech 38-24, Stanford 41-26

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