Softball Falls To Stanford In Extra-Innings

April 25, 2004

SEATTLE- An eighth inning single by Stanford's Meghan Sickler scored Jessica Allister from second base to lift the 10th-ranked Cardinal to victory over the fifth-ranked Washington softball team, 3-2, this afternoon at the Husky Softball Stadium. The loss dips the Huskies to 6-4 in the Pac-10 and 32-11 overall, while Stanford improves to 8-4 in the Pac-10 and 37-12 overall.

Stanford took the early lead in the first inning, scoring two runs on just one hit. Jackie Rinehart and Catalina Morris drew walks and UW hurler Ashley Boek (21-7) hit Lauren Lappin with a pitch to load the bases with one out. Allister then hit a blooper into shallow left field that scored two and gave the Cardinal the 2-0 lead.

Stanford's Dana Sorenson (23-7) was relentless on the mound striking out the first eight batters she faced. Senior Rita Roach was the first Husky to hit the ball into play when she grounded out to the shortstop for the third out of the third inning.

Washington came back in the fourth frame when Sorenson walked Aimee Minor and Sarah Hyatt blasted a 1-2 pitch into the centerfield bleachers to knot the score at 2-2.

Boek sat the Cardinal down in order in the fifth and sixth innings to keep Washington's hopes of another comeback win alive.

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Hyatt singled on a flare down the left field line. Kristen Rivera then dropped a bunt single toward the first base line but Stanford catcher Allister threw the ball to second base to pick off Hyatt who had rounded the bag to end the inning.

Stanford threatened in the top of the seventh frame, loading the bases with a hit by pitch and a pair of bloop singles into the outfield. Katherine Hoffman then hit a chopper to the left side that third baseman Kathy Fiske fielded bare handed and fired to first for the out to end the inning.

Washington's Dena Tyson drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh but Allister threw out pinch runner Jamie Rau on an attempted steal. Sorenson then got the next two batters out in order to send the game into extra-innings.

Boek got Lappin to fly out to left field to start the eighth inning but hit Allister with a pitch to put the potential winning run on base. Boek tallied the second out the inning with a strikeout but back-to-back singles just over the infield scored Allister for the Cardinal win.

Sorenson earned the win as she held Washington to three hits while striking out 14. Boek took the loss as she scattered seven hits and struck out eight.

The Huskies return to action next week when they travel to Oregon State for a game on Friday at 2 p.m. Washington will then play Oregon on Saturday and Sunday in Eugene.

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