Washington Softball Drops To Stanford, 5-1

May 7, 2004

STANFORD, Calif.- The sixth-ranked Washington softball team (35-13, 9-6 Pac-10) dropped to seventh-ranked Stanford (41-13, 11-5 Pac-10), 5-1, this evening at the Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.

Stanford jumped out to the quick 2-0 lead in the first inning on three hits and a Husky error. Jackie Rinehart kicked off the rally with a bunt single down the third base line and Heather Shook sacrificed her to second. Catalina Morris then singled through the left side and an error by the left fielder allowed Rinehart to score and Morris to move up to second. Jessica Allister singled up the middle to score Morris and give Stanford the 2-0 edge.

Washington answered in the bottom half of the inning with a solo home run by Kathy Fiske. The leadoff shot marked Fiske's seventh of the season and second in as many games.

UW hurler Ashley Boek settled down in the second and third innings, sitting the Cardinal down in order.

Stanford surged ahead in the fourth inning with three runs on three hits and an error. Lauren Lappin led off with a single through the left side and moved to second on a ground out to the mound. Leah Nelson then singled up the middle to drive in Lappin. After an error by the third baseman, Michelle Thiry was brought in to pinch hit. Thiry drove a 1-2 pitch to deep center field to score two and give the Cardinal the 5-1 lead.

Stanford ace Dana Sorenson kept UW in check, not allowing a base runner in the third, fourth or fifth innings.

Washington utilized outstanding defense by left fielder Courtney Jeffries to keep the Cardinal off the base paths in the sixth. Shook led off the fifth frame with a flare to shallow left that Jeffries snagged on a head first dive. Morris then belted a line drive that Jeffries tracked down at the wall. The Huskies got out of the inning with a ground out to the second baseman.

UW threatened in the top of the sixth inning with singles by Jeffries and Dominique Lastrapes but Sorenson got out of the inning with a double play.

The Huskies battled in the seventh with singles by Sarah Hyatt and Fiske but Sorenson closed out the game with a strikeout and a ground out to secure the Stanford win.

Boek (24-8) took the loss for Washington as she allowed seven hits and five runs over five innings, while striking out two. Tia Bollinger pitched one inning of relief for the Huskies, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Sorenson improved to 26-7 as she held Washington to five hits and struck out six.

The Huskies return to action Saturday with a game at California at 2 p.m. Washington will wrap-up the weekend at Cal on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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