Softball Falls At Oregon State, 10-8
April 11, 2010
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 8 Stanford softball team dropped the series finale at Oregon State, 10-8, Sunday at the OSU Softball Complex in Corvallis, Ore. The Cardinal drops to 4-2 in the Pac-10 and 30-6 overall, while the Beavers improve to 21-18 on the season and 2-4 in the conference.
Freshman Teagan Gerhart took the loss for Stanford, dropping to 22-5 on the season. She threw 5.2 innings, striking out three batters while giving up 10 hits and seven runs. Oregon State's Paige Hall earned the win, improving to 15-14 on the year.
Senior Rosey Neill led the team offensively, going 2-3 with a double and home run for four RBI. Sophomore Maya Burns chipped in with an RBI single, while sophomore Ashley Hansen and Sarah Hassman each recorded sacrifice flies.
Stanford came out fired up in the top of the first, scoring three runs for the early lead. Hansen drew a walk in her first at-bat before short stop Jenna Rich moved her to second with a single to center field. With two on base, Burns hit an RBI single to right field to score Hansen. The next batter, Neill, registered her ninth double of the season to clear the bases.
The Cardinal added to its lead in the top of the third with three more runs. Hansen led off with an infield single and advanced to second as third baseman Shannon Koplitz drew a walk. Both runners advanced on a passed ball by OSU catcher Audrey Roderfeld. Hansen scored Stanford's fourth run of the game as Burns grounded out. Neill then tallied her third and fourth RBI of the day, hitting a two-run homer over the left field fence.
The Beavers avoided the shutout, plating two runs in the bottom of the third. Second baseman Maggie Doremus led off with a double to right center field, setting up lead-off hitter Lea Cavestany. The freshman hit a two-run home run to right field to cut the Cardinal lead to 6-2.
The Stanford offense wasn't finished, adding another run in then top of the fourth inning. Hassman hit an infield single to put a runner on for the Cardinal. She advanced to third as senior Alissa Haber hit a single through the right side. Hassman scored on a sacrifice fly to left field.
OSU cut into the Stanford lead once again, posting two runs in the bottom of the fourth. However, the Cardinal countered, scoring another run in the top of the fifth. Neill led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Autumn Albers. The junior advanced to third as Gerhart reached on a throwing error by Cavestany. Albers was brought home on a sacrifice fly by Hassman.
The Beavers posted a six-run fifth inning to take a 10-8 advantage over the Cardinal. The inning included a solo home run by Roderfeld and a two-run shot by Cavestany, her second of the day.
Stanford will remain on the road next weekend, traveling to Tucson, Ariz., for a three-game series with the second-ranked Arizona Wildcats, Apr. 16-18.