No. 7 Cardinal Split Doubleheader At Sacramento State

April 20, 2005

Sacramento, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Stanford softball team split a doubleheader with Sacramento State this afternoon at Shea Stadium in Sacramento. The Cardinal dropped the first game, 3-2, in 11 innings and won the second, 16-1. Stanford is now 32-8 overall while the Hornets are now 26-20.

In game one, the Hornets struck first with two runs in the bottom of the second as second baseman Jessica Rojo knocked in both runs.

The Cardinal tied things up in the top of the sixth when pinch hitter Katherine Hoffman opened with a single to leftfield. With two outs, Jackie Rinehart singled to rightfield. Catalina Morris singled to leftfield, scoring Hoffman and Rinehart.

Sacramento scored in the bottom of the 11th on an error by the first baseman to end the game.

Becky McCullough (13-2) took the loss for the Cardinal in the circle, allowing three runs (two earned) on 14 hits over 10.2 innings of work. Nikki Cinque (13-7) picked up the win for Sacramento State, pitching five shutout innings with two strikeouts.

Catalina Morris went 3-for-6 with two RBI in the game while Jackie Rinehart and Leah Nelson both had a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Michelle Smith and Tricia Aggabao also notched two hits a piece for the Cardinal.

Sacramento State's win was their first over Stanford since 2003 when they won 6-5 in the second game of a doubleheader in Sacramento.

Stanford opened game two with back-to-back solo homeruns by Catalina Morris and Lauren Lappin in the top of the first inning. Leah Nelson walked before Jackie Rinehart recorded an infield single to put runners on first and second. Erin Howe then homered to rightfield to clear the bases. Tricia Aggabao then drew a walk before Katherine Hoffman singled. Morris walked to load the bases for Lappin who knocked a two RBI single to leftfield. Michelle Smith hit a homerun to leftfield to pick up three RBI.

Rinehart doubled to open the second inning, then moved to third on an error by the leftfielder. Pinch hitter Heather Shook singled through the leftside to score Rinehart. Hoffman laid down a bunt to put runners on first and second. Morris hit her second homerun of the game - a towering shot to rightfield, to make the score, 14-0.

Leah Nelson hit a solo homerun to centerfield in the top of the third inning to become the fifth different batter to hit one out of the park for the Cardinal.

The Hornets picked up a run in the bottom of the third when Ashley Dawson hit an RBI double to left centerfield.Michelle Smith singled to left in the top of the fifth. Jackie Rinehart followed with a single, moving Smith to third and advancing to second on the throw. Elizabeth Bendig singled up the middle to score Smith and move Rinehart to second.

Junior hurler Laura Severson (13-4) got the win in the circle, allowing one run on one hit over four innings of work. Jennifer Fryou (0-4) took the loss, allowing 16 runs on 17 hits over five innings.

Catalina Morris went 2-for-2 with four RBI and three runs scored while Lauren Lappin had a 2-for-3 day at the plate with three RBI and two runs scored. Michelle Smith notched her 16th homerun of the year, going 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored. Designated hitter Jackie Rinehart picked up three hits and two runs scored. Cardinal Erin Howe recorded three RBI while Elizabeth Bendig had a 2-for-2 effort. Rightfielder Katherine Hoffman went a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs scored as well.

Stanford's six homeruns set a school record for a single game on The Farm.

Stanford is back in action this Friday night against California at 7 p.m. at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.

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