Top-Ranked Arizona Beats Stanford 2-1
May 3, 2003
Stanford, Calif. - The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team fell one run short of upsetting the top-ranked team in the country on Saturday night, falling 2-1 to Arizona in a Pac-10 Conference game at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal took the first game of the series in Tucson, but the Wildcats tied it up at 1-1 heading into tomorrow's 1 p.m. contest.
With the loss, Stanford now stands at 36-22 overall and 5-12 in the conference. Arizona improves to 46-4 and 15-1 in the league.
Arizona's Lovie Jung singled and stole second with two outs in the third inning. Following a Mackenzie Vandergeest walk, Wendy Allen delivered a base hit to left scoring Jung for the game's first run.
Stanford came back and added its first run of the contest in the fourth. Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) led off the inning with an infield base hit and was sacrifice to second by Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX). Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) reached on an error and Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) followed with a single to load the bases. Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) then hit a line drive to left field that was long enough to plate Hoffman and tie the game at 1-1.
The Cardinal had an opportunity to take the lead in the fifth when Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) doubled to center. Heather Shook (Whittier, CA), running for LeCocq, got to third on Leah Nelson's (Oakland, CA) sacrifice bunt. Arizona starter Alicia Hollowell got Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) to miss on the third strike, but walked Hoffman. Hoffman stole second to put runners on second and third, but Sickler lined out to the shortstop to end the inning.
The Wildcats scored the eventual game-winning run in the sixth off Erin Palomarez's RBI single scoring Shelly Schultz with one out. Arizona kept pressuring, loading the bases, but Stanford reliever Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) got Courtney Fossatti to ground into a fielder's choice and Jung to foul out ending the Wildcat rally.
Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) started the game for the Cardinal, going four innings. She scattered six hits, fanned two batters and allowed only one run. Severson took the loss, pitching the final three innings despite allowing only two hits, to fall to 5-3 on the year.
Stanford could only manage three hits, one each by Hoffman, Brangham and LeCocq. Arizona's Jung led all hitters with a two-for-four performance at the plate.
The Cardinal and Wildcats will finish out the weekend at Smith Family Stadium with a 1 p.m. contest tomorrow afternoon.
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