Cardinal Edges No. 11 Washington, 3-2

April 22, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - Stanford softball picked up its second upset victory of the weekend today, holding on for a 3-2 win in the continuationof last night's game that was halted due to rain. A three-run third inning was enough to top the No. 11 Huskies,despite a 4-2 advantage in hits by the visitors. Stanford improves to 29-12, 5-6 Pac-10 with the win, while Washingtonfalls to 28-12, 5-5.

The teams played 57 minutes of wet softball on Saturday night, before the umpires finally called it quits in thebottom of the third inning. The Cardinal, however, was in the middle of the third inning rally when the game washalted. An infield error put Erin Howe on to start the inning, and the Cardinal junior scored when Lindsay Keydrilled the first Cardinal hit up the middle. The Huskies managed to get two outs before pitcher Caitlin Nobleran into trouble. A hit batter and two consecutive walks brought in another Cardinal run, before the game washalted.

When the game resumed on Sunday morning, Noble threw an illegal pitch to Rosey Neill, scoring Alissa Haber fromthird base, and increasing Stanford's lead to 3-0.

Dena Tyson was the first to get a chance for the Huskies, and the Washington power-hitter made a quick statement,drilling Becky McCullough's first offer well over the left field wall. Although the Huskies put two on in theinning, the Cardinal was able to hold Washington to just one run.

Another lead-off solo shot in the fifth inning, this time by Ashley Charters, pulled the Huskies within one. TheHusky shortstop blasted a ball over the right field fence and narrowed the Cardinal lead to 3-2.

Stanford held on, however, and kept the Huskies scoreless in the final two innings to pick up the win.

Becky McCullough earned her eighth win of the year for the Cardinal, and Key and Haber were responsible for thetwo Cardinal hits. Haber extended her hitting streak to 10 games, matching the longest streak of her career.

Stanford and Washington will meet again today, with first pitch set for 1 p.m.

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