Cardinal Drops A Close Contest At UCLA, 3-1
April 4, 2008
Los Angeles, Calif. - The Stanford softball team suffered another close Pac-10 loss today, falling to the top-ranked UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles, 3-1. Stanford matched UCLA hit for hit, but stranded 11 runners and committed three costly errors to allow the Bruins to come away with the win.
The Cardinal falls to 33-6 with the loss and 0-4 in Pac-10 play. UCLA is now 33-3, and remains undefeated (4-0) in the conference.
Sophomore Alissa Haber reached on all four plate appearances and cracked a solo homerun to lead Stanford offensively. Senior Anna Beardman went 2-for-3 with a pair of infield singles, and Erin Howe recorded the only other Cardinal hit. UCLA also recorded four hits in the game, coming off of the bats of four different players.
Stanford ace Missy Penna took her fifth loss of the year, despite allowing just one earned run and four hits. UCLA sophomore Megan Langenfeld relieved Anjelica Selden in the fourth inning, and claimed her fifth win of the year.
Haber gave the Cardinal a run before the game even saw a second batter, but her early offense ended up being all that the team could muster. Just six pitches into the game, the Cardinal sophomore crushed her sixth homerun of the season well over the right field wall. It was the fourth time this season that Haber has gone deep as Stanford's first batter of the game, as the sophomore also hit leadoff homers against Fordham, Providence and St. John's this year.
Stanford's opening lead didn't last long, however. In the second inning, the Bruins squeezed an unearned run across with their first hit of the game. GiOnna DiSalvatore walked to give UCLA its first baserunner, and the freshman scored when a single by Samantha Camuso was mishandled by the Cardinal outfield. Camuso went all the way to third on the play, but Penna fanned back-to-back Bruin batters to leave her there and end the inning.
The UCLA offense was back at it in the third, this time to score what proved to be the game-winning runs. Catcher Jennifer Schroeder reached on an error to lead off the inning, and Krista Colburn walked to put a second runner on for Amanda Kamekona. The Bruin second baseman came through, banking a double off the left field wall to score pinch runner Lauren Mirabal. With runners at second and third, DiSalvatore sent a single through the right side. Colburn scored on the play, and Kamekona was gunned down at the plate by Stanford outfielder Anna Beardman.
The Cardinal left 11 runners on base to the Bruins' five. Stanford left the bases loaded in the second inning after recording two hits, and stranded two or more runners four times. Seven Stanford runners were left in scoring position, and at least one was left in six of the seven innings.It was the first time this season that Stanford has scored first and not one the game. The team's three errors were a season-high.
Stanford heads to Seattle tonight, and will take on the Washington Huskies tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium. The Cardinal will wrap up the weekend against the Huskies on Sunday, with first pitch set for noon.