Stanford Struggles Against Northwestern
March 3, 2007
Fullerton, Calif. - The Cardinal softball team dropped an 11-3 decision to the No. 8/12 Northwestern Wildcats today in the fourthgame of the Worth Classic in Fullerton, Calif. Michelle Smith picked up two RBI and scored two runs, but the effortwas not enough to counter Northwestern's 17-hit performance. Stanford falls to 15-5 with the loss, while Northwesternimproves to 13-5.
Stanford jumped out to an early lead when Smith cracked a homerun on her second consecutive at bat.Jackie Rinehart, who had reached on an slap hit to the shortstop one batter earlier, was aboard for the blast andStanford took a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats, who have come from behind in all three of their wins this weekend, were not deterred by the earlydeficit and quickly took a 4-2 lead. Northwestern opened the inning with three-straight hits by Katie Logan, TammyWilliams and Garland Cooper. A hit by Erin Dyer brought the first two in, and an infield hit by Jessica Millerscored another one. Jessica Rigas hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Dyer on the next at bat, and the Cardinalfinally ended the inning after facing eight Wildcat batters.
Northwestern retired the Cardinal in order in the second, and was quickly back to its aggressive offense. This time,the Wildcats started the inning with five-straight hits, including a three-run homerun by Williams. With DarcySengewald and Logan on, Williams hit a ball over the right field fence and added three more runs to the Wildcattally.
Stanford pulled one step closer in the fourth inning. Smith walked to lead-off the inning and a single by Maddy Coonbrought her to second. An infield grounder by Erin Howe pushed both runners ahead and Smith scored on an ensuingwild pitch.
Northwestern took back the run in the bottom of the fourth, however, after Williams hit a ground rule double tolead off the inning. Cooper collected the RBI on the next at bat, hitting a single up the middle that allowedWilliams to score from second.
Northwestern ended the game in the sixth inning, scoring three runs to hand Stanford it's first eight-run loss ofthe season. With Nicole Pauly and Miller on base, Rigas cracked a homerun to left field and wrapped up the Northwesternwin.
Stanford gave up 17 hits in the game, nearly double the team's previous high of nine. Stanford's first five hittersin the line-up accounted for all five of Stanford's hits. Smith now leads the team with 18 RBI and four homeruns onthe season.
The Cardinal will close out the Worth Classic tomorrow, facing Minnesota at 9 a.m.