No. 15 Stanford Swept At No. 10 Cal
April 19, 2003
Berkeley, Calif. - The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team could only manage one run in two defensive battles at No. 10 California, suffering 1-0 and 2-1 losses in Berkeley at Levine-Fricke Field on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinal, who lost three straight games by one run to the Golden Bears, fall to 32-18 overall and 4-8 in the Pac-10.
In the first contest, California jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With one out and runners at second and third, Courtney Scott scored on Chelsea Spencer's fielder's choice. Stanford starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) then caught Eryn Manahan looking and got Kristen Morley to pop up.
Stanford threatened in the fourth when Heather Shook (Whittier, CA) led off the inning with a single to left and was sacrificed to second by Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA). Following a Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) fly out, Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) reached on an error and put runners on first and third with two down. Cal starter Kristina Thorson then got Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) to go down swinging.
Manahan recorded Cal's first hit off Nyberg in the fifth. The Golden Bears put runners on second and third with one out, but Nyberg stepped up and retired the next two batters.
The Cardinal could not push a run across in the sixth or the seventh innings, despite a lead off single by Shook to start the sixth.
Nyberg went the distance for Stanford, but took the loss to fall to 13-8. She allowed only two hits and fanned two batters. Shook recorded two of the Cardinal's four hits.
The Golden Bears struck first on the scoreboard in the first inning of the nightcap. With runners on first and second, Veronica Nelson delivered an RBI single plating Kaleo Eldredge for the 1-0 Cal lead.
Stanford went hitless through the first four innings. Following a Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) walk in the fifth, Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) smashed a triple to right center scoring Hoffman and tying the game at 1-1.
Cal threatened in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with one out. Cardinal starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) got Jessica Pamanian to pop out to Lappin at shortstop and caught Spencer looking on the third strike.
Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) got on base due to a Cal error, but the Cardinal could not take advantage in the top of the seventh. The Golden Bears recorded consecutive base hits in the bottom half and Vicky Galindo came through with a single up the middle to score the game-winning run for California, giving them the sweep.
Sorensen got her seventh loss of the year, fanning nine and scattering six hits in the complete game. Stanford only registered two hits in the contest, one each from Morris and Brangham.
The Cardinal will get a break from conference action when they host Santa Clara in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Smith Family Stadium.
Game OneNo. 15 Stanford 000 000 0 0-4-0No. 10 California 010 000 x 1-2-1WP: Krstina Thorson (11-5)LP: Tori Nyberg (13-8)
Records: Stanford 32-18 (4-8 Pac-10), Cal 38-12 (7-5 Pac-10)
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