No. 5 Cardinal Defeat No. 10 UCLA 7-5
April 30, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - Erin Howe hit her fourth homerun of the season as the fifth-ranked Stanford softball team defeated No. 10 UCLA, 7-5, this afternoon at Easton Stadium before a crowd of 912. The Cardinal improve to 36-10, 9-4 in the Pac-10 while the Bruins drop to 24-14, 5-8 in league action.
Catalina Morris led off the first inning with a single up the middle. Lauren Lappin followed with a single to leftfield. Leah Nelson walked to load the bases with one out. Jackie Rinehart singled up the middle to score Morris and Lappin. Both Nelson and Rinehart moved up a base on the throw to put runners and second and third. Freshman Erin Howe hit her fourth homerun of the season - a shot to rightfield - to clear the bases and give the Cardinal a 5-0 lead.
Morris picked up another single in the top of the second. With two outs on the board, Michelle Smith hit her league-leading 17th homerun of the season to make the score 7-0.
UCLA struck back in the third when Caitlin Benyi singled to right, scoring Andrea Duran from third. Kristen Dedmon then hit an infield single to score Tara Henry. A fielders choice by Lisa Dodd scored pinch runner Alissa Eno from third. Krista Colburn then doubled to right centerfield, scoring two, to trim the lead to 7-5.
Becky McCullough (15-3) picked up the win in the circle, allowing only two earned runs (five runs total) on nine hits over seven innings of work. Anjelica Selden (16-9) took the loss for the Bruins, allowing seven runs on 10 hits over seven innings.
Catalina Morris went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Michelle Smith had a 2-for-4 day at the plate with two RBI and a run scored. Jackie Rinehart added a hit and two RBI as well. Erin Howe went 2-for-3 with three RBI.
The two teams met again tomorrow for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. The first game is a make-up game from an earlier rainout. Stanford will be the designated home team in that game. The second game is scheduled for approximately 1:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN2.
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