Softball Falls To No. 10 Stanford, 7-0

April 17, 2004

STANFORD, Calif. - The Arizona State softball team (30-20; 0-6 Pac-10) remained winless in the Pac-10 Conference as they dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 10 Stanford (33-11; 4-4 Pac-10) on Saturday. The Cardinal scored four times in the second and three more times in the third to seal the victory.

Stanford scored four runs in the second inning as they jumped on ASU starter Desiree Serrano (15-7). Jessica Allister took Serrano's first pitch of the inning over the left centerfield fence for the 1-0 lead. After a fielder's choice, a single and a walk to load the bases, pinch hitter Michelle Thiry hit a two-out single to left field to plate two more runs. Jackie Rinehart then scored from third when Thiry stole second and catcher Heidi Knabe's throw went into center field.

The Cardinal scored three more runs off three extra base hits in the third inning. Lauren Lappin led off with a triple to center field and scored when Allister doubled to right field, just out of the reach of Trisha Tornberg's glove. Leah Nelson followed with another home run over the left centerfield fence, a two-run shot to extend the lead to 7-0.

The Sun Devils managed to get a couple hits off Stanford pitcher Dana Sorensen (20-6) in the fourth inning. Kristin Farber and Phelan Wright each singled to left field. Tornberg then hit a deep ball to right field for the second out, but it allowed Farber to tag up and move to third. Ashley Werschky followed with a hard shot that glanced off Sorensen's leg and went to the second baseman who flipped to the shortstop to force Wright out at second and end the inning.

The Devils looked again to try and get on the board one more time in the sixth inning. With one out, Farber singled to left. Wright followed with a hard shot that nailed Sorensen in the left shin that took her out of the game. However, Laura Severson entered the game and struck out the next two ASU batters to end the inning.

Up next, the Devils and the Cardinal will finish the two-game set on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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