Cardinal Defeat Ducks 9-5 In Rain-Delayed Finale

April 17, 2005

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Eugene, Ore. - After numerous rain delays, the eighth-ranked Stanford softball team defeated Oregon, 9-5, this evening, at Howe Field in Eugene, Ore. The Cardinal improve to 31-7, 6-2 in the Pac-10 while the Ducks fall to 25-16, 3-7 in league action.

The Ducks got on the board first on a three-run homerun by T.J. Eadus.

Meghan Sickler led off the top of the third with a walk. Catalina Morris also drew a walk to put runners on first and second. Lauren Lappin walked to load the bases with no outs. An error by the third baseman scored Sickler and Morris, moving Lappin and Michelle Smith to third and second respectively. Leah Nelson hit a fielder's choice to the first baseman, scoring Lappin. Erin Howe then singled to leftfield to score Katherine Hoffman, who entered the game for Smith as a pinch runner.

Sickler singled up the middle to open the top of the fourth inning. Morris bunted to put runners on first and second. A fielder's choice by Lauren Lappin put runners on first and third. Michelle Smith singled to left, scoring Sickler and Lappin to make the score 6-3.

Oregon picked up one more run in the bottom of the fourth.

Beth Boskovich hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to one run.

With one out, Lappin ripped a double to left centerfield. Then Michelle Smith hit her 15th homerun of the season to make the score 8-5.

Smith's 15th homerun this season ties her with the single season record on The Farm held by former All-American Jessica Mendoza.

With one out in the seventh, Anna Beardman hit a bloop single to leftfield. Beardman advanced to third on an error by the pitcher on Key's fielder's choice. Meghan Sickler laid down a bunt that scored Beardman and gave Stanford the 9-5 lead.

Freshman hurler Becky McCullough (13-1) picked up the win in the circle, allowing five runs on eight hits over six innings. Oregon's Amy Harris (12-9) took the loss, allowing four runs on one hit in two innings of work.

Lauren Lappin went 1-for-4 with three runs scored while Meghan Sickler had a 2-for-3 day with two runs scored and an RBI. Anna Beardman also picked up two hits on a 2-for-4 effort.

The Cardinal are back in action on Wednesday with a non-conference doubleheader against Sacramento State in Sacramento starting at 2 p.m.

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