No. 5/6 Stanford Falls To No. 3 Arizona, 4-1

April 21, 2006

Box Score

Stanford, Calif. - Despite an early lead, No. 5/6 Stanford Softball (32-9, 5-5) fell to No. 3 Arizona (33-7, 4-4) tonight, 4-1. Senior shortstop Lauren Lappin scored sophomore second baseman Tricia Aggabao in the bottom of the third inning to put Stanford ahead, but the Wildcats overtook the Cardinal as Kristie Fox collected a three RBI home run in the top of the sixth inning. Callista Balko also homered for Arizona run in the top of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, freshman third baseman Maddy Coon hit a single up the middle to get on base, but the inning ended runless for the Cardinal. Freshman pitcher Missy Penna held the Wildcats hitless through three full innings, striking out two batters in the top of the third.

Aggabao hit a single over the second baseman's head to get on base in the bottom of the third inning. Senior centerfielder Catalina Morris then laid a bunt down the left line to reach first and advance Aggabao to second base. On a full count, Lappin hit a single over third base to score Aggabao from second and the Cardinal took a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth inning, Laine Roth was walked on base and Jill Malina entered the game to pinch run at first base. Autumn Champion followed with a single to center field and Malina advanced to second base. Fox stepped up and knocked a home run over the right field fence to score all three, her eighth home run of the season. Halfway through the sixth inning, Arizona led, 3-1.

Balko homered to center field to open the seventh inning, her sixth home run of the season, and Arizona moved ahead, 4-1. Senior Laura Severson entered the game to pitch, striking out one batter to move into the bottom of the seventh inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, junior leftfielder Jackie Rinehart knocked a single to shortstop to get on base. Aggabao followed with another base hit to shortstop to move Rinehart to second, but the Cardinal hitters couldn't bring them home. Arizona claimed its fourth conference win, 4-1.

In the circle, Penna struck out five batters, walked one and allowed four hits in just over six innings. Severson struck out one batter, walked none and allowed no hits to close the seventh inning.

Aggabao went 2-3 at the plate with one run scored, while Lappin was 1-3 with one RBI.

Stanford now hosts No. 8/10 Arizona State tomorrow and Sunday afternoon, with both games slated to begin at 1:00 pm.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Arizona............. 000 003 1 -  4  4  0Stanford............ 001 000 0 -  1  7  1-----------------------------------------
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