Stanford Falls To Washington In Seattle, 7-0
May 7, 2009
Seattle, Wash. - After beating Washington's All-American ace twice this year, Stanford couldn't replicate the feat a third time and was shut out by Danielle Lawrie today at Husky Softball Stadium in Seattle. Washington took the third game of the series 7-0, and pulls into a tie with the Cardinal for second place in the Pac-10.
Stanford dropped to 44-7 overall and 13-6 in the Pac-10 with the loss, while Washington got its 40th win (40-9) and pulled into a tie with the Cardinal for second place in the conference standings.
Stanford senior Missy Penna (31-5) took the loss after allowing eight hits and six earned runs. The Cardinal player of the year candidate struck out 11 in the game to Lawrie's 10. Lawrie, now 31-5 as well, allowed three hits and secured the shutout.
The Cardinal was shut out for the first time since the opening day of the season, when Oklahoma State snatched a 1-0 win at the Kajikawa Classic. Prior to today, Stanford had scored in 48 consecutive games.
Stanford's best chance to score came early, as three of the team's five base runners reached in the first inning. Alissa Haber was caught stealing after her leadoff single, and after an Ashley Hansen single, a walk and a wild pitch, the Cardinal left two runners in scoring position.
After the leadoff singles by Haber and Hansen to start the game, pinch hitter Brittany Minder's leadoff single in the seventh was the only other hit allowed by Lawrie.
The Huskies were led by sophomore third baseman Morgan Stuart, who was 2-for-3 with a home run and five RBI. Senior Ashley Charters also had two hits for Washington.
Washington was patient at the plate and, after a leadoff double by Kimi Pohlman, worked two walks and a hit batter out of Penna. Her second walk, which was issued to Stuart, pushed the first run of the game across.
In the third inning, the Huskies struck again. Sophomore Jenn Salling led off with a single, advanced on another hit batter and scored on Stuart's first hit of the game.
In the fourth, Charters beat out an infield single, stole second and scored on a two-out Stanford error.
The Huskies blew a close game open in the bottom of the sixth, using two hits to score four runs. Charters started an inning with an infield single for the second time and moved into scoring position on a walk. A wild pitch moved both runners up a base and a Lawrie ground out sent one in. Another walk put two on for Stuart, who pounded a ball over the left center field fence to make it 2-0.
Stanford remains in the driver's seat for at least a share of the Pac-10 title, and will play UCLA in Los Angeles tomorrow and Saturday. The first game is set for tomorrow at 3 p.m., while the second will be played Saturday at noon.