Stanford leadoff batter Catalina Morris battled Husky starter Ashley Boek for nine pitches on the very first at-bat of the game before drawing a walk, and that seemed to set the tone for the game, although Boek retired Meghan Sickler on a sacrifice and struck out Lauren Lappin looking and only needed one more out to finish the first inning unscathed.
walked Cassi Brangham and hit Leah Nelson with a pitch to load the bases. She still looked like
she would get out of the inning when she got ahead in the count 1-2 on Kira Ching, but Ching
grounded a double all the way to the wall in left center field to plate Morris, Brangham, and
Nelson and give Stanford ace Sorensen all the run support she would need.
Despite the 3-0 deficit right at the outset, the Huskies had an opportunity to get
on the board in the bottom of the first. Amanda Oleson led off with an infield single and moved
to second on a groundout by Rita Roach.
Jaime Clark then lined a single to right field and
Oleson attempted to score from second. Unfortunately for Washington, Sickler fired a perfect
strike to catcher Jessica Allister to nail Oleson at the plate and not only deny the Huskies a
run, but also the all-time career Husky RBI record of 227, which Clark currently shares with
Allister gave the Cardinal a 4-0 lead in the second with a solo home run, her team
leading seventh, over the 1997 College World Series plaque in left field, and Stanford put the
game away with four runs, all unearned, in the top of the third.
Nelson led off with a walk, Bendig singled and Allister walked to load the bases.
Maureen LeCocq then hit a ground ball into the hole between first and second which Oleson could
easily have fielded for at least one out, but the ball rolled through her legs and into right
field for an error, allowing pinch runner Heather Shook and Bendig to score.
After Kathy Fiske
mishandled a ground ball by Morris to third base for another error and loading the bases,
Sickler lined a sacrifice fly to right to score Allister and Lappin followed with a single off
Fiske's glove to score LeCocq.
The Huskies had one more major opportunity to put some runs on the board after loading
the bases in the third on a single by Megan Owen, an error by Bendig and a hit batter, but
Fiske grounded out to Bendig to end the threat.
Sorensen improved to 17-7 in the circle for Stanford and beat the Huskies for the third
time this season, following a 3-1 victory at the Speedline Invitational in Plant City, Florida,
on March 9 and a 4-0 no hitter at Stanford on March 30.
She allowed only three hits with no
walks and five strikeouts to notch her 16th complete game and fifth shutout of the season.
suffered the loss for Washington to drop to 17-3, allowing seven runs, with four of them
earned, on five hits and three walks in only two and a thirds innings. She fanned two.
With the loss, Washington fell to 39-8-1 overall and 6-6 in the Pac-10, while Stanford
improved to 35-18 overall and 5-8 in conference.
The Huskies continue their nine game
homestand when they welcome defending national champion California to Husky Softball Stadium
for a two game series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m.
Stanford 8, UW 0 (5)
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