No. 3 Softball Blanked By No. 10 Washington 3-0

April 15, 2002

SEATTLE, Wash. - No. 3 Stanford softball (33-8, 4-5 Pac-10) suffered its third straight defeat on Monday afternoon, falling to No. 10 Washington 3-0 in Seattle, Wash. Today's contest was originally scheduled for yesterday afternoon, but was postponed due to rain. The Cardinal, who entered this weekend's road trip having won its last five, have lost three in a row for the first time this year.

Freshman Kristen Rivera, who homered twice against Stanford on Saturday in a 11-3 Husky loss, hit her third home run of the series against the Cardinal Monday, smashing a three-run shot in the bottom of the first for the only scoring of the contest. Washington (34-13, 3-5 Pac-10) won its second consecutive game, despite only notching three hits and committing three errors.

The Cardinal were held in check at the plate, recording only four hits on the afternoon. Seniors Jessica Draemel (Omaha, Neb.) led the team with two hits in four plate appearances, while Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) and Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) chipped in one apiece. Stanford also left 11 runners on base in the contest.

During its three-game losing streak this weekend (3-2 to UCLA on Friday and 11-3 and 3-0 losses to Washington), the Cardinal batted just .142 (9-63).

Junior Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) took the loss and drops to 19-4 on the year. Nyberg threw six innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Washington's Ashley Boek fanned nine Cardinal hitters in six innings for the victory.

Stanford returns to action tomorrow, when it plays host to UC Santa Barbara in a non-conference doubleheader at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium slated for 5 p.m.

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