No. 5/6 Stanford Downs Saint Mary's, 1-0

April 19, 2006

Box Score

Stanford, Calif. - No. 5/6 Stanford Softball (32-8, 5-4) overtook Saint Mary's (4-36, 0-8), 1-0, in nine innings tonight. Senior Lauren Lappin scored the winning run for the Cardinal in the bottom of the ninth, squeezing by the Gaels' catcher after a foul fly. Senior pitcher Laura Severson improved to 6-0 on the season after striking out six batters.

Leadoff hitter Catalina Morris singled to right field to get on base in the bottom of the first inning and junior Jackie Rinehart advanced her to second base with a sacrifice bunt. Freshman infielder Maddy Coon knocked a base hit to left field, but the inning ended runless.

In the bottom of the third inning, Morris hit another base hit to right field and Rinehart moved her to second again with a sacrifice hit, but the Cardinal hitters couldn't bring Morris home.

Sophomore Anna Beardman opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a double to center field, but the inning closed without a run to move into extra innings. Beardman's double was her fourth of the season.

With the score still 0-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Coon knocked a double to left field and Lappin entered the game to pinch run at second base. Sophomore infielder Michelle Smith hit a base hit to left field to advance Lappin to third base. Beardman stepped up to the plate and hit a foul fly near first base and Lappin took off while the Gael infielders attempted to throw out Smith at first base. Lappin ducked around the catcher to tag home plate and the Cardinal claimed the win, 1-0.

In the circle, Severson struck out six batters, walked two and allowed three hits in nine innings. Kate Albaugh struck out two batters and allowed five hits for Saint Mary's in six innings, while Chelsea Loftis struck out two batters and allowed two hits in two innings.

Stanford now hosts No. 3 Arizona on Friday, April 21 (7:00 pm), before taking on No. 8/10 Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday with both games beginning at 1:00 pm.

Score by Innings                    R  H  E-------------------------------------------Saint Mary's........ 000 000 000 -  0  3  0Stanford............ 000 000 001 -  1  7  0-------------------------------------------
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