Stanford Edged By UMass, 2-1, In First Game Of Regional Championship
May 18, 2008
Amherst, Mass. - The 12th-seeded Cardinal gave up two costly unearned runs in the first inning, and was upended by the host Massachusetts Minutewomen in the first game of today's regional championship. The Cardinal will face the UMass again beginning at approximately 3:30 p.m. for the regional title.
Stanford committed its first two errors of the tournament in the top of the first inning and allowed two UMass runners to come across. Shortstop Whitney Williams reached on a Cardinal throwing error and advanced to second on an infield single by Lauren Proctor. A passed ball moved the runners into scoring position and the first scored on a ground out to Maddy Coon. Proctor then scored on a Cardinal miscommunication on a dribbler up the right line.
The Cardinal had its chances to come back, but Balschmiter and the UMass defense managed to keep Stanford from taking control. In the third inning, the Cardinal recorded back-to-back hits to put two runners in scoring position with two outs, but Balschmiter came up with a strikeout to retire the side. In the sixth, Coon reached on an error and Rosey Neill pounded a ball to the wall in right center. UMass center fielder Carly Normandin raced over to make the catch at the wall, then gunned down Coon, who had already rounded second.
In the final inning, Stanford made another run. Michelle Smith led off with a single, and another single by Erin Howe and a UMass error loaded the bases with no outs. Senior Tricia Aggabao ripped a sacrifice fly to score pinch runner Michelle Schroeder, but that was all the Cardinal could muster. On the next play, the Minutewomen threw out the lead runner, and Balschmiter struck out the next one to end the game.
Stanford and UMass will meet for the regional title beginning at approximately 3:30 pm.