No. 12 Stanford Falls To No. 3 Nebraska, 1-0
Feb. 23, 2003
Columbus, Ga. - A home run in the top of the first inning was all the scoring as third-ranked Nebraska defeated the 12th-ranked Stanford softball team in the final game of the eighth annual NFCA Leadoff Class at the South Commons Softball Complex on Sunday afternoon. With the loss, the Cardinal fall to 12-3 while the Huskers improve to 12-1.
Stanford got off to a rough start against the Huskers when lead-off hitter Kim Ogee hit a solo home run over the centerfield fence for the 1-0 Nebraska lead. Following two more base hits, Cardinal starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) got the next two batters to ground out and caught Sheena Lawrick looking on a third strike to end the inning.
Senior Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) recorded a two-out single in the bottom of the second for Stanford's first hit of the game. Michelle Thiry (Renton, WA) followed with a single, advanced to second and moved Brangham to third. Nebraska starter Peaches James got Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) to strike out for the third out, ending the Cardinal threat.
Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) came in for Nyberg in the bottom of the second inning with two outs when catcher Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) gunned down Anne Steffan trying to steal second. Sorensen went the rest of the distance for the Cardinal, recording a season-high 11 strikeouts and did not allow a runner on base for the final five innings.
Nyberg took the loss for Stanford, her first of the season, to stand at 7-1 overall.
Stanford scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning before the game was called due to rain in the sixth on Saturday night. Play continued the next day and Southern Mississippi's lead-off hitter Ashley Brenan doubled to right center field to start the game in the sixth inning. She then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt, but Cardinal pitcher Nyberg fanned Ashley Davis and got Amanda Brown to ground out to Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) at shortstop, ending the inning.
The Cardinal held on and Nyberg picked up her seventh victory of the year with a 2-0 Stanford win over Southern Miss. Nyberg struck out five and allowed three hits in the shutout.
Stanford returns home next weekend to host its second tournament of the year. The Stanford Classic will also feature Georgia, Long Beach State and Texas A&M, with play begin Friday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m.
Game 1Stanford 000 020 0 2-5-2Southern Mississippi 000 000 0 0-3-1WP: Tori Nyberg (7-0)LP: Jessica Holaway (3-3)Records: Stanford 12-2, Southern Miss 5-5
Game 2Nebraska 100 000 0 1-4-0Stanford 000 000 0 0-2-0WP: Peaches James (7-1)LP: Tori Nyberg (7-1)HR: OgeeRecords: Nebraska 12-1, Stanford 12-3