Stanford Stifled By Washington In Seattle
April 5, 2008
Seattle, Wash. - Still struggling to find the offense that led it to its best start in school history, the No. 7/7 Stanford softball dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 24/25 Washington Huskies today at Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle. The squad left ten or more runners on for the third time in the last four contests, and suffered its fifth Pac-10 loss.
The Cardinal falls to 33-7 with the loss, while Washington is now 24-11-1.
Husky pitcher Aleah Macon struck out five of the first six batters she faced, and fanned 12 for the game. Missy Penna took her sixth loss of the year for the Cardinal, and falls to 22-6.
Sophomore catcher Rosey Neill went 1-for-4 with a homerun and her 43rd RBI of the season. Junior shortstop Maddy Coon walked in her first plate appearance to push her school record walk count to 39 on the year, and doubled off the top of the left center field wall in the third inning. Shannon Koplitz and Tricia Aggabao rounded out the four Stanford hits.
For Washington, designated player Ashlyn Watson went 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead the team. The Huskies outhit the Cardinal, 8-4.
Washington took an early lead, squeezing three runs across in the opening inning. Bailey Stenson and Marnie Koziol dropped a pair of well-placed singles in front of home plate, and Jace Williams walked to load the bases. With one out, Watson worked a 3-2 count and then popped a two-RBI single through the left side to score Stenson and Koziol. On the next play, Williams beat out the throw to the plate on a fielder's choice by Alicia Blake to give Washington a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, Washington tacked another run on. Watson cracked a long single to the gap in right center and her pinch runner, Dru Hester, moved around to third on a single by Dani Stuart and a ground out. With two outs, a wild pitch to Amanda Fleischman allowed Hester to score, and the Huskies pushed the lead to 4-0.
In the sixth inning, Neill ensured that the Cardinal would not fall by way of a shutout. The Stanford catcher reached for an outside pitch and drilled it over the 220 mark in center field. The homerun was the 16th this year for Neill. She is now just three short of the program's single-season record (19) set by teammate Michelle Smith in 2005.
The Cardinal proceeded to load the bases with two walks and Koplitz' single in the sixth, but left all three stranded. In the seventh, Stanford put two more on with no outs, but was unable to bring either across. The team left ten runners on base in the game, compared to seven by the Huskies.
Stanford will take on Washington again tomorrow, battling the squad in a noon contest at Husky Softball Stadium. The team returns to the Farm for a home series against the Oregon schools next weekend.