Stanford Falls At No. 1 Washington, 1-0, In Extra Innings
May 9, 2010
SEATTLE, Wash. - The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team fell in a 1-0 decision in eight innings at No. 1 Washington, Sunday, at Husky Softball Stadium. With the win, the Huskies improve to 43-5 overall and clinch the Pac-10 title with a 15-3 Pac-10 record. The loss drops the Cardinal to 33-17 overall and 5-13 in the conference.
Junior Ashley Chinn earned the start for the second straight game, falling to 8-8 on the season. The Belmont, Calif., native struck out five batters while giving up five hits and one run in 7.1 innings of work. Washington's Danielle Lawrie picked up the win, improving to 33-2 on the year.
Senior Alissa Haber tallied Stanford's lone hit of the day, coming in her first at-bat.
Neither team was able to put runs on the board through the first seven innings. Both the Cardinal and Huskies threatened in the third inning with multiple base runners, but great defensive plays kept the game scoreless. Washington had its best chance in the bottom of the seventh. With runners on first and third with one out for the Huskies, Chinn recorded two consecutive strikeouts to force extra innings.
Stanford had a base runner on in the top of the eighth, but was unable to come up with a timely hit. Moving into the bottom of the eighth, with one runner on and one out, Washington short stop Jenn Salling knocked in the winning run with a double to right center field.
Stanford returns to The Farm next week, hosting Oregon for its final home series of the 2010 season. The series begins Thursday, May 13 at 7 p.m. Game two between the Cardinal and Ducks is scheduled for Friday, May 14 at 6 p.m., while the series finale will be played Saturday, May 15 at Noon. Stanford will honor its three seniors prior to the game on Saturday at Smith Family Stadium.