Stanford Falls 7-0 at Arizona State
April 14, 2007
Tempe, Ariz. - A six-run fourth inning and a one-hitter by Sun Devil pitcher Katie Burkhart led the Arizona State Sun Devils to a7-0 shutout of the Stanford softball team tonight at Farrington Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. Stanford pitcherBecky McCullough struck out a season-high eight batters and didn't give up an earned run, but the SunDevils capitalized on four Cardinal errors and improved to 38-10, 4-3 Pac-10. The Cardinal lost its second contestof the weekend and falls to 27-11, 3-5 Pac-10.
The Cardinal held the Sun Devils scoreless until the fourth inning, but a two-out rally by the home team quicklyput Stanford at a six-run deficit. Catcher Kristen Miller singled to start things off and a walk and an infielderror by the Cardinal loaded the bases for Caylyn Carlson. The pinch hitter drilled a shot over the left fieldfence, bringing in four unearned runs with the grand slam. On the next at bat, Kaitlin Cochran sent another ballover the fence to make it 5-0 in favor of the Sun Devils. Another Cardinal error and consecutive singles by AshleyMuenz and Mindy Cowles loaded the bases again. A wild pitch scored one run, but McCulloughfinished the inning with a stikeout to end the Arizona State run.
The Sun Devils added another unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Carlson reached on an infield error,moved around to third on a walk and a wild pitch, and scored on a single by Bianca Cruz.
For the second-straight night, the Cardinal came alive at the end of the game, loading the bases with a doubleby Alissa Haber, a Sun Devil fielding error and a hit batter in the seventh inning. Burkhart came through with a bases-loadedstrikeout, however, to end the game.
Haber's seventh-inning double, her team-leading 11th of the season, was the only Cardinal hit of the game andbroke up Burkhart's no-hitter. The freshman center fielder continues to lead the Cardinal with a .383 overallbatting average and 46 hits on the year.
Stanford returns to Farrington Stadium tomorrow, closing the series in the desert with a 1 p.m. contest againstthe Sun Devils.