Washington Softball Drops To Stanford

April 24, 2004

SEATTLE- The fifth-ranked Washington softball team scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning against No. 10 Stanford this afternoon in front of 1,343 fans at Husky Softball Stadium but it was not enough as the Cardinal held on for the 12-9 victory. The loss drops Washington to 32-10 overall and 6-3 in the Pac-10, while Stanford improves to 37-12 overall and 7-4 in conference action.

With shortstop Amanda Oleson sidelined with a shoulder injury, the Huskies had four players playing out of their normal positions. The unfamiliarity showed as Washington made four errors on the day. UW did, however, out hit the Cardinal 14 to 13 with seven of those hits coming in the last inning.

It was all Stanford through four and a half innings as the Cardinal took the 5-0 lead. Stanford scored in the first inning when Catalina Morris hit a two-out double and scored on a single through the left side of the infield by Jessica Allister.

Stanford tacked on three more runs in the third with a two-run home run by Morris and a RBI-single by Leah Nelson. It scored one more in the fourth on a fielder's choice by Heather Shook.

Washington got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning despite no hits. The Huskies loaded with bases with a hit-by-pitch, a fielders choice that resulted in no out and a pair of walks that scored Robyn Wike.

UW chipped at the Cardinal lead with another run in the fifth inning on a solo home run by Kristen Rivera. It marked Rivera's 17th home run of the season and third in the last four games.

Stanford pulled away in the sixth inning with five runs on four hits and a Husky error. Elizabeth Bendig hit two RBI-singles in the inning as the Cardinal batted through the line-up.

With the 10-2 lead, Stanford threatened to invoke the mercy-rule in the sixth but Washington manufactured a run in the bottom half of the frame to keep the game alive. With two outs, the game appeared all but over for the Dawgs but sophomore Aimee Minor sparked a comeback with a double down the left field line. Sarah Hyatt followed with a single to right centerfield to score Minor to make the score 10-3.

The Cardinal scored two runs in the seventh inning with a two-run single by Nelson.

Washington roared back in the seventh with seven hits. Callie Bergan led off the inning with a single to right field and advanced to second on a single by Kathy Fiske. Severson then mishandled a hit by Wike to load the bases for the Huskies. Stanford recorded the first out of the inning with a fielders choice out at the plate. Rita Roach then grounded out at first base but Fiske scored on the play to make the score 12-4.

Freshman Dominique Lastrapes then ripped a single up the middle to score Wike and a double by Minor scored Courtney Jeffries and Lastrapes. Hyatt then hit a single through the left side of the infield and Rivera doubled off the right field wall to score Minor. After a Stanford pitching change brought in Dana Sorenson, Bergan singled into shallow right field to score Hyatt and bring the score to 12-9. Sorenson halted the Husky comeback with a pop-up to first base to preserve the win.

Tia Bollinger (11-4) took the loss for Washington, despite becoming the school's all-time career record-holder in innings pitched this afternoon. Her career mark now stands at 824 innings, surpassing the previous record of 820 innings set by Jennifer Spediacci (1997-2000).

Severson (13-5) earned the win for Stanford as she gave up 13 hits over 6.2 innings and struck out four. Sorenson picked up her fifth save of the season.

The Huskies and Cardinal will battle it out again Sunday at 1 p.m.

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