No. 8/9 Stanford Downs No. 17 Washington
May 11, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - No. 8/9 Stanford Softball (36-15, 8-11) came from behind to overtake No. 17 Washington (32-21, 6-13), 3-2 at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Huskies scored one run early in the first inning and added another in the fourth. Freshman Missy Penna slammed a home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to bring the Cardinal within one run. Senior Lauren Lappin brought home junior Jackie Rinehart in the fifth inning and later scored what proved to be the winning run on an illegal pitch.
Aimee Minor was hit by a pitch to get on base for the Huskies in the top of the first inning. Brooke Woodward was walked, then Dena Tyson hit a hard single up the middle to bring Minor in from second base for the first run of the game.
Freshman pitcher Missy Penna struck out three batters in a row in the top of the second inning to bring the Cardinal up to bat. Freshman infielder Maddy Coon collected Stanford's first hit of the game with a single to left field. Sophomore Michelle Smith and Penna both reached with a fielder's choice to load the bases, but Washington pitcher Danielle Lawrie struck out three batters to end the inning without a run.
In the top of the fourth inning, Tyson knocked a double of the left field fence, advancing to third base on a wild pitch. Ashlyn Watson brought Tyson home with a single down the left line for the 2-0 Husky lead.
Penna opened the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run deep over the center field fence, her fourth home run of the season. After four innings, Stanford trailed, 2-1.
Rinehart got on base with a single over Lawrie's head in the bottom of the fifth inning. Lappin followed with a double down the left line, advancing to third base on the throw and scoring Rinehart to tie the game at 2-2. Coon was hit by a pitch and later stole second base. With two outs, Lappin was brought home on an illegal pitch for a 3-2 Cardinal lead.
The Cardinal held Washington off for the win, taking the series, two games to one.
In six innings, Penna struck out six batters, talked two and allowed six hits. Senior Laura Severson closed out the seventh inning, walking one batter and allowing just one hit. Washington's Lawrie struck out six batters, walked one and allowed four hits, while reliever Caitlin Noble struck out one batter and walked one in just over one inning.
Stanford now hosts top-ranked UCLA tomorrow at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 1:00 pm. Friday night's game will be broadcast live on CSTV.
Score by Innings R H E-----------------------------------------Washington.......... 100 100 0 - 2 7 2Stanford............ 000 120 X - 3 4 2-----------------------------------------