Stanford Earns Split With Huskies After 3-1 Win

April 6, 2008

SEATTLE - Seventh-ranked Stanford earned a split in a two-game series with No. 25 Washington after a 3-1 win on Sunday afternoon at Husky Softball Stadium.

The win was the first of the season for the Cardinal in Pac-10 play and improved their record to 34-7 overall and 1-5 in the conference. Washington falls to 24-12-1 and 3-3 in the Pac-10. The Huskies defeated the Cardinal 4-1 yesterday.

Washington took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI-single by Morgan Stuart. With two outs, Jace Williams doubled to left field and moved up to third on a passed ball with Stuart at the plate. Stuart then hit a 1-1 pitch that bounced over the head of pitcher Missy Pena to shortstop Maddy Coon and Stuart beat out the throw which allowed Williams to score.

Melisa Koutz put Stanford up 2-1 in the top of the fourth with a two run double to right field that scored Coon, who had walked, and pinch runner Autumn Albers, who ran for Rosey Neill after Neill had doubled to right center.

The Cardinal increased its lead to 3-1 in the fifth after Tricia Aggabao scored on a wild pitch by Huskies starting pitcher Caitlin Noble. Aggabao reached on a fielders choice, stole second and moved up to third on a single to right field by Coon.

Noble pitched the first four and two-thirds innings and gave up five hits, three walks and three earned runs. She struck out three and dropped to 11-7 with the loss.

Aleah Macon came on in relief for the UW and allowed three hits while striking out three.

Stanford pitcher Missy Pena (23-6) earned the win after suffering the loss in yesterday's game. She gave up six hits, one earned run and one walk, while striking out 11.

Stuart was the only Husky player with more than one hit, as she finished the game 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Aggabao and Haber both went 2-for-4 for the Cardinal.

The Huskies hit the road next week to face Arizona and Arizona State. Washington and Arizona play at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, before the Huskies play at ASU on Saturday and Sunday.

Notes: Despite the loss, the Huskies still hold a 34-17 lead in the series ... Washington's Bailey Stenson had stolen base in the third inning, her eighth of the season ... Williams' double was her ninth of the year, which ties her with Alicia Blake for the team lead ... Washington is now 5-6 this season against opponents ranked in the Top 25 and 2-3 against teams that are in the Top 10.

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