Stanford Suffers 8-0 Setback At Arizona
May 9, 2008
Tucson, Ariz. - After pulling out its biggest upset of the year 24 hours earlier, the No. 8/8 Stanford softball team struggled both offensively and defensively and dropped an 8-0 decision to the No. 9/11 Arizona Wildcats tonight at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson.
The Cardinal falls to 46-11 overall and 11-9 in the Pac-10, while the Wildcats improve to 35-16 overall and take sole possession of third place in the Pac-10 with a 12-8 mark.
Stanford struggled offensively, matching its lowest hit total of the year with just two in the game. Tricia Aggabao broke up Taryne Mowatt's perfect game in the sixth inning with a sharp single to center, and Alissa Haber followed soon after with an infield single.
The Cardinal allowed the Wildcats 11 hits, matching the highest opponent total against Stanford this season. Stanford was run-ruled for the first time since Apr. 22, 2007, allowing the most runs the team has all season.
Freshman Ashley Chinn made her second Pac-10 start and first conference appearance since Missy Penna began a streak of throwing 14 complete conference games in early April. The rookie struck out four in the loss and drops to 11-2. Mowatt struck out 10 in six shutout innings and improves to 23-12.
The Wildcats were on the board just three batters into their lineup, as Jenae Leles pounded Chinn's 1-1 pitch to the top of the bleachers in left field for her 13th homerun of the year.
The home team pulled away further in the second, putting three more runs on the board to take a 4-0 lead. Designated player Stacie Chambers led off with a double off the wall in center field, and a walk issued to Callista Balko put two on for Lauren Schutzler. The freshman put down a bunt single, and Chambers scored on a Cardinal throwing error on the same play. Another Wildcat bunt single loaded the bases, before freshman outfielder Brittany Lastrapes sliced a two-RBI single to left field.
In the fifth inning, another Wildcat homerun broke the game open. Reserve second baseman Victoria Kemp singled to lead off the inning, and Chambers ripped a ball well over the fence in right center field. Balko followed with another single and scored on a double to right center by Adrienne Acton.
Stanford returns to Hillenbrand Stadium tomorrow for the team's regular-season finale, meeting the Wildcats again at noon. A win will land the Cardinal in a tie for third place in the Pac-10. The team will then wait to learn its postseason fate Sunday night, when the NCAA Selection Show airs on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (PT).