Stanford Stuns No. 4 Arizona, 3-2
April 28, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Tricia Aggabao ripped a two-RBI single down the right line in the fifth inning, and the Stanford Cardinal shockedthe defending National Champion Arizona Wildcats today at Smith Family Stadium, 3-2. After falling behind 2-0, theCardinal battled back and earned just the fifth win in school history against the Wildcats and the first sinceMay 2, 2004. Stanford improves to 31-14 overall and 6-8 in the Pac-10 with the win, while the conference-leadingWildcats fall to 35-10, 11-2.
Arizona scored two in the fifth inning, using three of the team's five hits to bring both around. Laine Roth and Jenae Lelesconnected on McCullough's first two offerings for a pair of base hits, and Sam Banister successfully buntedboth into scoring position. A sacrifice fly by K'Lee Arredondo scored Roth, and a single to right field byAdrienne Acton scored Leles to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.
The Cardinal responded quickly, however, answering the Wildcat run with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.Maddy Coon drew a lead-off walk and was replaced at first by Erin Howe on a fielder's choice. After Rosey Neilldrew another walk, senior Lindsay Key stepped up and drilled the first Cardinal hit of the game to center field.With the bases loaded, Wildcat ace Taryne Mowatt threw a wild pitch that scored Howe and put the Cardinal on theboard.
With runners at second and third, Aggabao fell behind in the count, 0-2, before drilling a ball down the leftfield line just foul. A pitch later, however, Aggabao hit a ball down the opposite line and this time the ballstayed in play. Key and pinch runner Michelle Schroeder scored easily on the play, and Stanford took a 3-2 lead.
Cardinal pitcher Becky McCullough held on strong for the final two Wildcat innings, retiring six of the final sevenbatters. The junior struck out two batters and allowed just five hits, earning her ninth win of the season.
Stanford will be seeking to upset the Wildcats again tomorrow, with the series' rubber game set to begin at 1:30 p.m.The contest will be aired live on CSTV.