No. 5 Cardinal Split Doubleheader With No. 10 UCLA
May. 1, 2005
Los Angeles, Calif. - The fifth-ranked Stanford softball team split a doubleheader with No. 10 UCLA this afternoon at Easton Stadium. The Cardinal dropped the first game, 8-0, and won the second, 5-3. Stanford is now 37-11, 10-5 in the Pac-10 while the Bruins are 25-15, 6-9 in league play.
In game one, UCLA struck first, scoring five unearned runs in the top of the third.
The Bruins picked up three more unearned runs in the top of the fourth to go up, 8-0.
Laura Severson (14-6) took the loss for Stanford allowing eight runs on eight hits over five innings of work. Lisa Dodd (7-5) picked up the win in the circle for UCLA, scattering three hits over five innings of work with four strikeouts.
In game two, UCLA once again jumped out to the early lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the third.
The Cardinal got on the board in the top of the sixth, when Lauren Lappin got things started with a bunt single. Michelle Smith followed with an infield single to put runners at first and second. Shoney Hixson entered the game as a pinch runner. Leah Nelson laid down a bunt to load the bases. Katherine Hoffman pinch ran for Nelson. With two outs, Erin Howe singled to rightfield, scoring Hixson and Hoffman to close the gap to one run.
Pinch hitter Meghan Sickler tied up the game at three-all with a solo homerun to open the top of the seventh inning. After two quick outs, Lappin singled to leftfield. Smith then hit her 18th homerun of the season - a towering shot that cleared the Bruins scoreboard in left - to give Stanford the 5-3 lead.
Becky McCullough (16-3) picked up the win in the circle, allowing three runs on eight hits over seven innings of work with four strikeouts. Angelica Selden (16-10) took the loss for UCLA, giving up five runs on eight hits over seven innings with 10 strikeouts.
Stanford is back in action this weekend hosting the Oregon schools at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium.