Devils Hand Cardinal 10-1 Loss

April 19, 2009

Box Score

Tempe, Ariz. - The No. 2/2 Stanford softball team (37-6, 7-5 Pac-10) was upset for the second time this weekend, as No. 5/8 Arizona State (36-9, 6-4 Pac-10) bested the squad 10-1 in five innings at Farrington Stadium in Tempe.

Stanford was outhit for the third straight day, posting just four hits off freshman starter Hillary Bach. The rookie struck out four and improved to 20-3 on the year, giving up just one walk and one earned run.

Sophomore Ashley Chinn (11-2) got the start for the Cardinal and gave up 10 runs, five of which were earned, and allowed 11 hits.

Stanford's four hits came from four different players. Junior Alissa Haber hit her eighth home run of the year to lead off the game. Ashley Hansen, Shannon Koplitz and Jenna Becerra came up with the remaining Cardinal hits.

The Sun Devils were led by sophomore Krista Donnenwirth, who was 3-for-3 with a home run and a double. Kaylyn Castillo and Jessica Mapes had two hits apiece, with Castillo and Katelyn Boyd hitting Sun Devil home runs.

Haber hit a ball over the center field fence to lead off the game, but after that the Cardinal bats went quiet. It was the first time this season that Stanford has scored first and not pulled out the win.

Stanford held its 1-0 lead until the bottom of the second inning, when the Sun Devils exploded for eight runs. Donnenwirth led off with a single and Katie Crabb followed by drawing a walk. One run scored when first base was overthrown on a bunt, and two more came in on a double by Carlson. Mapes' second hit of the game scored another run, and with two outs Boyd's home run scored three more. A solo home run by Donnenwirth made it 8-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Castillo hit her home run to push the game into run-rule territory. After a single by Kaitlin Cochran, Castillo's homer made it 10-1.

Stanford will play a non-conference game against San Jose State on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Smith Family Stadium before resuming Pac-10 play against Oregon on Friday night.