No. 7 Stanford Slips By No. 22 UW, 2-1, In 10 Innings
April 25, 2008
STANFORD, Calif. - Rosey Niell drew a based-loaded walk with two outs in the 10th inning to lift No. 7 Stanford past No. 22 Washington, 2-1, on Friday night in a Pac-10 Conference game at Boyd & Jill Smith Stadium.
After the Huskies rallied in the seventh to tie it at 1-1, the game went into extra innings. Neither team threatened again until the 10th, when Stanford got two of its four hits and benefited from two walks issued by UW starter Aleah Macon.
Macon (14-10) limited the Cardinal to just two hits through the first nine innings. She battled control problems throughout the game, walking nine Stanford hitters, but had allowed only two runners past second base up until the 10th inning.
Stanford scored its run in the fourth despite not getting a hit. A single, a hit batter and another walk loaded the bases before Macon walked Michelle Smith to bring home Neill and put the Cardinal up 1-0.
Down to their final three outs and trailing by a run, the Huskies rallied in the seventh behind a pair of hits and an RBI-sacrifice fly by Alicia Blake.
Alyson McWherter led off the seventh with a bloop single to left field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Amanda Fleischman. Marnie Koziol followed with a high chopper over the head of pitcher Missy Penna, but by the time Penna fielded the ball Koziol was already through first base and McWherter had moved up to third. A deep sacrifice fly to right field by Blake allowed McWherter to score and tie it 1-1.
The Huskies outhit Stanford, 7-4, but left eight runners on base. Bailey Stenson led the Huskies offensively, going 3-for-4.
Macon finished with nine strikeouts, while Stanford's Missy Penna (30-7) struck out 10 and walked two in a complete-game effort.
Washington continues Pac-10 play when it faces No. 21 California tomorrow at 2:00 p.m.
Notes: Stanford won the season series, 2-1, but the Huskies still have a 34-18 lead in the all-time series ... Washington is now 6-11 against teams ranked in the Top 25 ... Stenson's three hits marked her team-best 18th multi-hit game. It was the sixth time this year she has had three hits in a game, which also leads the team.