No. 8/9 Cardinal Falls To No. 6/10 ASU, 6-0

May 5, 2006

Box Score

Tempe, Ariz. - No. 8/9 Stanford Softball (35-13, 7-9) fell tonight, 6-0, to No. 6/10 Arizona State (43-10, 7-7). The Sun Devils pulled ahead in the first inning with three runs, adding three more later in the third inning. Arizona State took the series against the Cardinal, 2-1.

Senior outfielder Catalina Morris reached with a base hit to right field to open the first inning. Junior outfielder Jackie Rinehart moved Morris to second base with a sacrifice hit. Freshman infielder Maddy Coon was then hit by a pitch to get on base. Morris and Coon both took a base on a passed ball, but the inning ended runless for the Cardinal.

Jessica Mapes and Mindy Cowles were both walked for the Sun Devils in the bottom of the first inning and Kaitlin Cochran bunted to load the bases. Rhiannon Baca was also walked, bringing home Mapes for an Arizona State run. Michelle Smith reached on a fielder's choice, scoring Cowles. Senior shortstop Lauren Lappin threw out Smith and Ashley Werschky on the next play, but Cochran scored for the 3-0 Sun Devil lead.

Morris laid down a bunt to get on base in the top of the third inning and later stole second, but the Cardinal hitters couldn't bring her home.

Baca was walked on base for the Sun Devils in the bottom of the third inning. Smith then reached with a bunt, moving Baca to second. Baca and Smith both took a base on a wild pitch. Werschky hit a single up the middle, bringing home Baca, but then Smith scored on an error and Werschky advanced to third base on the error. Sharee Zaleski hit another single up the middle to score Werschky and Arizona State led, 6-0.

Sophomore infielder Erin Howe opened the seventh inning with a single up the middle and senior Shoney Hixson entered the game to pinch run at first base. Hixson advanced to second base on the next play, but Arizona State's defense held the Cardinal scoreless for the 6-0 win.

Stanford now heads to Tucson to take on the Wildcats tomorrow at 7:00 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm.

Score by Innings                  R  H  E-----------------------------------------Stanford............ 000 000 0 -  0  3  3Arizona State....... 303 000 X -  6  7  0-----------------------------------------
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