Stanford 8, UW 0 (5)

Dana Sorensen pitched a three hit shutout and Stanford scored early and often to post an 8-0 run rule victory over Washington at Husky Softball Stadium on Friday afternoon.

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.

Boek then 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 Jen Cline.

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.

Boek 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. Top Stories