Cardinal Drops 4-1 Decision to No. 4 Arizona
April 13, 2007
Tucson, Ariz. - The No. 12/17 Cardinal softball team fell to the defending National Champion and fourth-ranked Arizona Wildcatstonight in front of a crowd of more than 1,200 at Hillenbrand Stadium. Stanford falls to 27-10 overall with theloss and 3-4 in the Pac-10, while the conference-leading Wildcats improve to 29-8, 5-1 Pac-10.
The Wildcats drew first blood, picking up two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Caitlin Lowe started the inningoff with an infield single and teammate Chelsie Mesa was hit by a pitch on the next at bat. Both runners advancedon an infield grounder and scored when Callista Balko knocked a two-RBI single up the middle.
In the third inning, Balko was back to pick up two more RBI. With a runner on first and two out, the Wildcat catchersent a ball deep over the left field wall and increased the Arizona lead to 4-0.
Freshman Rosey Neill single-handedly snapped a streak of 21 consective scoreless innings by Wildcat pitcher TaryneMowatt, driving a lead-off homerun over the right field fence in the fifth inning. The blast was the sixth of theseason for the Cardinal catcher, tying her with teammate Michelle Smith for the top mark on the team.
Stanford threatened a comeback in the sixth inning, after a single by Maddy Coon and a pair of walks byNeill and Alissa Haber loaded the bases. Mowatt struck out her pitching counterpart Missy Penna, however, tokeep the Cardinal to a scoreless inning.
The Wildcats answered the Cardinal threat by setting up a bases-loaded situation of their own in the bottom of thesixth. Jackie Rinehart made a quick play in left field and Haber made a tough catch in center, however, tohold Arizona off.
Stanford threatened again in the seventh inning, after a hit batter, a double by Haber and a walk byShannon Koplitz loaded the bases with two outs. Smith worked up a full count, but popped up to the shortstop to endthe game.
The Cardinal was out-hit by the Wildcats, 6-5, with Neill, Coon, Haber, Koplitz and Penna notchingthe five Stanford hits. Coon, who suffered a hand injury on Mar.10, notched her first hit since that date with thesixth-inning single. Penna picked up just her fourth loss of the season, striking out a season-low two batters.The Stanford ace is now 20-4 on the year. Stanford left nine runners on base to Arizona's seven.
The Cardinal heads to Tempe, Ariz. to finished the weekend with two games against the No. 8/10 Arizona State Sun Devils.Tomorrow night's game is set for 7 p.m. at Farrington Stadium.