Cardinal Takes First Game Of The Day Against Cal, 2-1
April 15, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 6/7 Stanford Softball (30-8, 4-4) came out on top in the first of two games today versus No. 5 California (36-5, 5-1), 2-1, in nine innings. Sophomore outfielder Anna Beardman hit home junior outfielder Jackie Rinehart to claim the win for the Cardinal. Senior pitcher Laura Severson struck out six batters in nine innings to improve to 5-0 this season.
Severson struck out two batters in a row to hold the Bears runless in the top of the third inning. With the Cardinal at bat, senior outfielder Catalina Morris got on base with a bunt, but Stanford's hitters couldn't bring her home.
Cal's Emily Friedman hit a single to center field to get on base in the top of the sixth inning, advancing to second base on the next at-bat. Katie Vickers then stepped up and slammed a single to center field, scoring Friedman from second base for the 1-0 California lead.
Senior infielder Lauren Lappin opened the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to left field. Freshman infielder Maddy Coon reached on an error by the shortstop with Lappin advancing to second base on the error. Both runners took a base as sophomore infielder Michelle Smith laid down a sacrifice bunt, but Cal's Kristina Thorson struck out two Cardinal batters to end the inning.
Julie Meyer collected a single to right field to open the seventh inning for the Bears, but the Cardinal turned a double play to end the inning without a California run. In the bottom of the inning, junior infielder Tricia Aggabao knocked a base hit just over the shortstop's head. With two outs and a 1-2 count, Morris slammed a double to the centerfield fence, scoring Aggabao from first base to tie the game, 1-1.
Stanford racked up three straight outs in the top of the eighth inning. Coon started Stanford's hitters with a single to left field, and senior Shoney Hixson entered the game to pinch for for Coon. Penna moved Hixson to second base with a sacrifice bunt, but the Cardinal hitters couldn't bring her home.
After no California runs in the top of the ninth inning, Rinehart got the Cardinal hitters started with a bunt, narrowly beating the throw to get on base. Smith moved her to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Beardman then stepped up and hit a hard single up the middle to score Rinehart from second base and end the game for the 2-1 Cardinal victory.
Severson struck out six batters, walked two and allowed seven hits in nine innings to improve to 5-0 this year. Thorson struck out ten batters and walked none for the Bears, giving up 10 hits.
At the plate, Morris was 3-4 with one RBI while Beardman was 2-4 with one RBI. Rinehart was 1-4 with one run and Aggabao was 1-3 with one run.
Stanford and California are slated to begin the second game of today's doubleheader at 3:40 pm.
Score by Innings R H E-------------------------------------------California.......... 000 001 000 - 1 7 1Stanford............ 000 000 101 - 2 10 0-------------------------------------------