Smith Blasts Two Homeruns In 6-4 Win Over South Florida
Feb. 20, 2005
Tampa, Fla. - Freshman Michelle Smith hit two homeruns to help the sixth-ranked Stanford softball team to a 6-4 victory over host-South Florida at the USF/Wilson Tournament in Tampa, Florida this afternoon. The Cardinal improve to 10-1 on the season while the Bulls drop to 7-6 in 2005.
The Cardinal got on the board first in the top of the second inning after Leah Nelson reached on a fielder's choice and advanced to third on a single up the middle by Tricia Aggabao. Meghan Sickler hit a single up the middle to score Nelson.
Michelle Smith added to the Stanford run total with a solo shot to rightfield in the top of the fourth - her fifth homerun of the season. Nelson doubled and advanced to third on a groundout. Sickler came up big again, knocking in Nelson on a double to leftfield. Sickler scored on a throwing error by the second baseman to put Stanford up 4-0.
The Bulls recorded a solo homerun by Tiffany Stewart to make the score 4-1 in the bottom of the fourth. Another South Florida homerun scored two more to close the gap to 4-3.
The Cardinal scored one more run in the sixth. Nelson singled then advanced to second on a passed ball. Tricia Aggabao singled scoring Nelson.
Michelle Smith hit her second homerun of the game in the top of the seventh inning - a solo shot to leftfield.
Meghan Sickler went 3-for-4 at the plate for Stanford with two RBI and one run scored. Tricia Aggabao had a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI while Leah Nelson went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. Smith went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI.
Laura Severson (6-1) picked up the win for the Cardinal in the circle, notching four strikeouts in five innings of work. Freshman Lauren Nydam recorded her second save of the season, pitching two hitless innings to close out the game. Bree Spence took the loss for South Florida, allowing four runs on six hits over 3.1 innings of work.
Stanford closes out tournament play tomorrow with a 10 a.m. ET game against Florida A&M.