No. 17 Stanford Splits At No. 18 Oregon
May 10, 2003
Eugene, Ore. - After being shutout in the first game 7-0, the 17th-ranked Stanford softball team finished out its regular season with a 5-1 victory over No. 18 Oregon at Howe Field on Saturday afternoon in Pac-10 Conference action. The Cardinal, now 40-24 overall, will await their selection for the NCAA Regionals on Sunday night.
Oregon jumped out to a 1-0 lead after two innings of play. The Ducks loaded the bases with one out, but Stanford starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) got Breanne Sabol to ground into a fielder's choice when shortstop Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) gunned down Alyssa Laux at the plate. Oregon's Amber Hutchinson then delivered a base hit to right to score Jennifer Poore, but Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) threw a strike to Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, TX) at the plate to get Erin Goodell out on the play for the third out.
The Ducks added one more in the third on Beth Boskovich's solo home run over the center field wall and an RBI double by Goodell in the fourth put Oregon up 3-0.
Besides a double by Allister in the second, Duck starter Amy Harris shutdown the Stanford offense only allowing four base runners through five innings. Oregon then put up three more runs on a two-run home run by Andrea Vidlund and a solo homer by Poore off Cardinal reliever Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) for the 6-0 lead.
Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) recorded Stanford's second hit of the contest to start the sixth inning, but the Cardinal could not take advantage and push a run across the plate.
Goodell hit Oregon's fourth home run of the game to start the sixth, putting them up 7-0. Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) got Stanford's third hit of the game but was left stranded to end the contest.
Nyberg took the loss, falling to 15-10 on the year while Harris improves to 15-12.
In the nightcap, Stanford loaded the bases in the top of the first with one out but hit into a double play to end the inning. Oregon jumped on the board in the bottom half of the inning on Laux's ground out to score Amber Hutchison.
The Cardinal finally scored their first runs of the day in the second to take the 2-1 lead. With two outs Hoffman's hit was mishandled by Oregon pitcher Anissa Meashintubby, scoring Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) to tie the game. Stanford then added one more run on Heather Shook's (Whittier, CA) RBI single that plated Severson.
Stanford added its third run of the contest on Bendig's base hit that scored Allister in the third to make it 3-1 Cardinal. The Ducks threatened in the fifth when Janell Bergstrom led off the inning with a double to right center. Stanford starter Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) retired the next three batters, two on strikeouts, to end the rally.
Kira Ching's (San Lorenzo, CA) double down the right field line scored Hoffman and Shook to give the Cardinal a 5-1 advantage in the seventh.
Sorensen got her 20th win of the season to give her 70 career victories to tie her for first on Stanford's all-time win list. She scattered three hits and fanned eight Duck batters in the complete game. Shook and Allister led the Cardinal offensively with two hits apiece.
The Cardinal will await their postseason destination when the NCAA will announce their selections on Sunday night at 7 p.m. (PT) on ESPNews.
Game OneNo. 17 Stanford 000 000 0 0-3-0No. 18 Oregon 011 131 x 7-10-0
Game TwoNo. 17 Stanford 021 000 2 5-8-0No. 18 Oregon 100 000 0 1-3-4
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