No. 8/9 Stanford Falls To No. 3 Arizona, 6-1
May 7, 2006
Tucson, Ariz. - No. 8/9 Stanford Softball (35-15, 7-11) fell to No. 3 Arizona (40-9, 11-6) after Callista Balko's home run brought in what proved to be the game-winning runs in the first inning. Sophomore infielder Michelle Smith homered in the fourth inning to bring the Cardinal withing two runs, but the Wildcats scored three more runs in the fifth inning en route to a 6-1 victory.
In the first inning, junior outfielder Jackie Rinehart knocked a single to center field to get on base. Senior infielder Lauren Lappin moved Rinehart to second base with a sacrifice bunt and freshman infielder Maddy Coon was walked on base, but the top of the first closed without a Cardinal run.
Autumn Champion and Kristie Fox were both walked on base in the bottom of the first inning. Balko then hit a home run over the right field fence to score three runs for the Wildcats, her tenth home run of the season. Senior pitcher Laura Severson entered the game to pitch midway through the first, striking out one batter to end the inning.
Senior outfielder Catalina 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.
In the top of the fourth inning, Smith slammed a home run over the left field fence, her fourth of the season. After three and a half innings, Stanford trailed, 3-1.
Fox was walked on base in the bottom of the fifth inning and Kelly Nelson entered the game to pinch run. Balko was also walked, then Jenae Leles advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Danielle Rodrigues entered the game to pinch run at second base for Balko and Chelsie Mesa hit a home run over the right field fence to score all three, her seventh home run of the season. After five complete innings, Arizona led, 6-1.
Junior Lindsay Key hit a double to left field to open the seventh inning. Sophomore infielder Tricia Aggabao then singled to right field, advancing Key to third base, and later took second base on a wild pitch. Stanford's hitters couldn't bring them home and the Wildcats claimed the win, 6-1.
In just over five innings, Severson struck out three batters, walked three and allowed five hits. Arizona's Taryne Mowatt struck out six batters, walked three and allowed five hits in seven innings.
Stanford now hosts Washington and UCLA in the final weekend of Pac-10 play May 11-13.
Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Stanford............ 000 100 0 - 1 5 0Arizona............. 300 030 X - 6 6 0-----------------------------------------