Tenth-ranked Cardinal Shutout UC Santa Barbara 4-0

March 6, 2004

Fullerton, Calif. - Sophomore Lauren Lappin hit three doubles and scored three runs as the No. 10 Stanford softball team shutout UC Santa Barbara, 4-0, this afternoon at the CS Fullerton Worth Invitational. The Cardinal improve to 17-5 on the season and 4-0 at the tournament.

UCSB threatened in the top of the first as lead-off hitter Leslie Simien found herself on third with just one out. But Cardinal pitcher Dana Sorensen got a fly out and a strike out to end the inning with no damage done.

In the bottom of the second, shortstop Lauren Lappin led off with a bloop double to short leftcenterfield. Jessica Allister fly out to rightfield moved Lappin to third. A single to centerfield by Meghan Sickler scored Lappin to give Stanford the 1-0 lead.

Once again it was Lappin with a lead off double in the bottom of the fourth to get things started for the Cardinal. An throwing error by the leftfielder put Lappin on third with no outs. Allister singled through the leftside to score Lappin.

In the bottom of the sixth, Catalina Morris led off with a single through the right side. Lappin notched her third double of the game to drive Morris home. She advanced to third on a fly out by Allister. Sickler singled to left to bring home Lappin and put the Cardinal up 4-0.

Senior Dana Sorensen (9-3) scattered four hits over seven innings of work with seven strikeouts on the afternoon. Jennifer Davis took the loss for the Gauchos going six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs (three earned) with six strikeouts.

The Cardinal was led by Lappin's 3-for-3 day at the plate with three runs scored and one RBI. Meghan Sickler went 2-for-2 with two RBI as well.

Stanford closes out tournament play tomorrow against host CS Fullerton at 1 p.m.

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