Softball Falls To #9 Stanford, 3-2

May 11, 2006

STANFORD, Calif.-- The ninth-ranked Stanford Cardinal came back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat No. 17 Washington, 3-2, Thursday evening at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. The loss dips Washington to 32-21 overall and 6-13 in the Pac-10, while Stanford improves to 35-16 overall and 8-11 in the Pac-10.

The Huskies struck first with one run in the first inning. Aimee Minor was hit by pitch and Brooke Woodward walked. Dena Tyson then laced a two-out single to centerfield to score Minor and give Washington the 1-0 edge.

The Cardinal threatened in the second inning, loading the bases with no outs but freshman pitcher Danielle Lawrie struck out the next three batters to get out of the jam.

Washington added an insurance run in the fourth inning with a pair of hits. Tyson led off with a double off the left field wall and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Woodward then singled a high chopper down the left field line to score Tyson and put UW on top, 2-0.

Stanford cut Washington's lead to one run in the bottom half of the fourth with a lead off home run by Missy Penna and took the lead in the fifth with two runs on two hits. Jackie Rinehart sparked the rally with a single up the middle and scored on a double by Lauren Lappin. Lappin advanced to third base on the play and head coach Heather Tarr pulled Lawrie for sophomore pitcher Caitlin Noble. Noble hit Maddy Coon with a pitch before striking the next batter for the second out of the inning. Noble was then called for an illegal pitch, which brought home Lappin and the Cardinal took the 3-2 lead.

Washington attempted a comeback in the sixth when Woodward led off with a single to left field that got passed Rinehart, allowing Woodward to swipe second base. Tyson drew a walk and Sarah Hyatt sacrificed the runners to second and third to put two runners in scoring position with one out. Ashlyn Watson lined out to left field and Alicia Matthews lined out to Penna in the circle as the Huskies came away empty handed.

The Huskies threatened again in the seventh inning, loading the bases with singles by Lauren Greer and Ashley Charters and a walk to Woodward. Tyson flew out to right field for the final out of the game.

Lawrie (20-13) took the loss as she allowed three runs on four hits in 4.1 innings, while striking out six. Penna (20-9) earned the win as she allowed two runs on six hits and fanned six. Laura Severson earned the save.

The Huskies continue the final weekend of Pac-10 play at California Friday at 2 p.m.

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