Card Comes Up Short
STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford softball fell 4-0 to fifth-ranked Washington to open this weekend's series, Thursday at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium.
The Cardinal (29-19, 8-11 Pac-12) threatened to score in the bottom of the second, led off by a single deep into the six-hole from Aly Kaneshiro. Emily Young advanced Kaneshiro to second on a sacrifice bunt, moving head coach Jessica Allister to turn to the bench to pinch run Hannah Matteson as the lead runner. Matteson advanced to third on a single up the middle from Emily Schultz to give Stanford runners on the corners.
Back-to-back strikeouts would strand both runners as the Cardinal were unable to tack on a run.
Four batters recorded hits on the night, highlighted by a single up the middle from Teaghan Cowles. The hit was the 250th of her career, moving her to eighth all-time on the school record book.
Washington (40-9, 17-4 Pac-12) scored in the second, fourth and sixth innings, led by a complete game from Gabbie Plain.
The combined pitching of Tatum Boyd and Maddy Dwyer held the Huskies to only four runs on the night. As a staff, Stanford did not allow an extra-base hit.
The Cardinal looks to even the series with tomorrow's doubleheader – only one game will count towards the Pac-12 standings – with game times set for 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.