Leah Nelson Homers Twice In 6-4 Win Over CS Fullerton

March 6, 2005

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Fullerton, Calif. - Catcher Leah Nelson hit two homeruns, notching five RBI as the third-ranked Stanford softball team defeated Cal State Fullerton, 6-4, this afternoon at the Worth Invitational in Fullerton, Calif. The Cardinal improve to 18-2 overall while the Titans drop to 6-6.

The Titans struck first, scoring two runs in the bottom of the second off of three singles to go up, 2-0.

Stanford got four in the top of the third when Catalina Morris hit her seventh homerun of the season - a solo shot to leftfield with one out on the board. With two outs, shortstop Lauren Lappin singled through the left side. Third baseman Michelle Smith reached on an error by the second baseman, putting runners at first and second. Catcher Leah Nelson came up and hit a three-run homerun to leftfield to give the Cardinal the 4-2 lead. It was Nelson's second homerun of the season.

CS Fullerton evened things up with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the third.

The two teams remained deadlocked until the top of the fifth inning. With two outs, Michelle Smith singled to leftfield. Leah Nelson then hit her second homerun of the game to centerfield, making the score 6-4 in favor of the Cardinal.

The Titans threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off single by the shortstop who moved into scoring position on a pop foul by the centerfielder. An infield single put runners at first and second with one out. Laura Severson, who came in relief in the fourth inning, got the next two batters to strikeout for the win.

Catalina Morris went 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI while Michelle Smith added two runs scored.

Junior Laura Severson (9-2) picked up the win in the circle for Stanford in relief, scattering four hits over 3.2 scoreless innings with four strikeouts on the afternoon. Candice Baker took the loss for CS Fullerton, allowing six runs on eight hits over seven innings of work.

The Cardinal will be back in action after a week off, hosting the Stanford Round Robin, March 19-20, at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Joining Stanford will be Utah and Princeton.

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