Stanford Falls At Arizona State 2-1
April 12, 2003
Tempe, Ariz. - After defeating the top-ranked team in the country last night, the 16th-ranked Stanford softball team could only manage three hits as they suffered a 2-1 loss to No. 12 Arizona State on Saturday night at Farrington Stadium. The Sun Devils improve to 28-12 and 5-3 in the Pac-10, while the Cardinal fall to 31-15 overall and 3-5 in the league.
Cheryl Evans put Arizona State on the scoreboard first, delivering an RBI single to score Kristen Farber in the bottom of the first inning. Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) tied the game with her third home run of the season, and second in two days, in the third inning to make it 1-1.
Stanford starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) retired the Sun Devils in order through the fourth inning until Jennifer Forner knocked a double to right center in the fifth. She later scored on Adriana Garcia's sacrifice fly to center field, giving Arizona State the 2-1 lead. Reliever Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) came in for Nyberg and following a walk, she got Carla Strege to ground out and end the rally.
The Sun Devils threatened in the sixth, putting a runner on third with two outs but Severson stopped a ball hit up the middle to record the third out. Down by one in the top of the seventh, Stanford got two long fly balls from Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) and Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) but ASU starter Desiree Serrano got Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) to ground out, ending the game.
Nyberg took the loss, scattering three hits and fanning three Sun Devil batters. Besides LeCocq's home run, Lappin and Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) recorded the team's only hits of the contest.
Both teams will be back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. to finish out the weekend.
No. 16 Stanford 001 000 0 1-3-0No. 12 Arizona State 100 010 x 2-4-0WP: Desiree Serrano (17-7)LP: Tori Nyberg (13-7)2B: Kara Brun, Jennifer Forner (ASU)HR: Maureen LeCocq (STAN)Records: Stanford 31-15 (3-5 Pac-10), Arizona State 28-12 (5-3 Pac-10)
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