#15 Softball Falls to #5 Stanford, 4-1

April 1, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - Stanford pitcher Dana Sorensen struck out 14 and allowed just three hits as the 15th-ranked Washington softball team fell 4-1 Sunday at the Smith Family Softball Stadium. With the loss the Huskies dropped to 24-12 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal improved to 32-3-1 and 2-1 in conference play.

Stanford took a 3-0 early lead, scoring two unearned runs and adding another on a solo home run by first baseman Sarah Beeson in the bottom of the third.

The Huskies struggled at the plate, going down in order through the first three innings. UW senior Kelly Hauxhurst (Westminister, Calif.) broke the drought, lifting her fourth home run of the year to straight-away centerfield in the top of the fourth. Hauxhurst doubled her previous career high for home runs in a season, after posting her first two a year ago.

After Stanford added its final run in the bottom of the sixth, Washington mounted its last threat in the top of the seventh when sophomore Jaime Clark (Tustin, Calif.) singled with one out. Pinch runner Megan Owen (Spokane, Wash.), running for Clark, then advanced to second on a throwing error by Sorensen to put runners at first and second. A chopper by senior Christie Rosenblad (Fillmore, Calif.) loaded the bases with one out and senior Kim DePaul (Tomball, Texas) coming to the plate. Sorensen, however, got DePaul to foul out to third baseman Jenni Shideler and then struck out pinch hitter freshman Shawna Norris (Littleton, Colo.) to end the game.

UW pitcher Shannon Walsh (Covina, Calif.) went the distance for the Huskies, allowing five hits and striking out five. Walsh fell to 2-9 on the season with the loss, while Sorensen improved to 17-1.

The Huskies head to Seattle for their Pac-10 home-opener, Friday, April 6, versus #2 Arizona. The Arizona game is followed by a pair of games with #9 Arizona State, Saturday and Sunday. Friday and Saturday's games are slated for a 2 p.m. start, while Sunday's game will start at 1 p.m.

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