Softball Recap

Dana Sorensen got Kathy Fiske to line out to Leah Nelson for the final out of the game as 10th ranked Stanford held on to defeat the fifth ranked Huskies 12-9 in a wild Pac-10 affair at Husky Softball Stadium on a sunny but windy Saturday afternoon.

1,343 attended the game as part of Washington's annual Spring Fling festivities, and most of them saw the two teams combine for 21 runs, 27 hits, five errors, and 22 runners left on base. They also saw Stanford build a 12-3 lead before the Huskies mounted a dramatic rally in the bottom of the seventh, sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring six runs.

Callie Bergan began the last of the seventh with a leadoff single, Fiske followed with a bloop single to right, and Robyn Wike reached on an error by Stanford starter Laura Severson to load the bases. Courtney Jeffries then hit a tapper between the circle and home plate, but Severson got to it quickly and flipped the ball to catcher Jessica Allister in time to force Bergan on a disputed play at the plate, as many Husky fans thought Bergan had safely scored. With the bases still loaded Rita Roach grounded out to shortstop Lauren Lappin, with Fiske scoring on the play to make it 12-4 Stanford. Wike then scored and Jeffries moved to third on an infield single by Dominique Lastrapes to make it 12-5. Aimee Minor came up to bat next and got down to her final strike against Severson, but then lined a double into right center field to score Jeffries and Lastrapes and cut the deficit to 12-7. Minor then advanced to third on an infield single by Sarah Hyatt off the glove of third baseman Elizabeth Bendig, and scored when Kristen Rivera doubled high off the wall in right field. At that point Stanford coach John Rittman summoned Sorensen into the game to relieve Severson, with Bergan coming to the plate for the second time in the inning. Bergan lined a 2-2 delivery from Sorensen to right score Hyatt and make it 12-9. With Rivera at third and Bergan at first, Fiske came to the plate representing the tying run. She quickly fell behind 0-2 in the count and on the next pitch hit a soft liner to Nelson at first base to finally end the game.

The Cardinal took a 5-0 lead with a run in the first, three in the third, and one in the fourth, due primarily to third batter Catalina Morris. In the first, with two outs, Morris doubled when Jeffries misjudged her drive to center field and scored on a single to left by Allister. Then in the third, after a one out walk to Jackie Rinehart, Morris lined the first pitch from Husky starter Tia Bollinger into the right field bleachers for her fifth home run of the season and a 3-0 lead. The Cardinal made it 4-0 when Lauren Lappin singled to shortstop, advanced to second when Roach dropped a line drive to center by Allister, and scored on a single to center by Nelson. In the fourth, Stanford added another run on two singles, two stolen bases and a fielder's choice.

The Huskies had their opportunities to get to Severson in the first two innings but stranded four runners. In the first Hyatt walked and Rivera singled but Dena Tyson grounded into a force at third to end the inning.

In the second Fiske doubled and Wike sacrificed pinch runner Jessica Wilkinson to third. Then Jeffries hit a tapper in front of the plate, but Allister pounced on it and threw to Bendig, who ran Wilkinson down and tagged her out. With two outs Roach got aboard on an infield single to put runners at first and third, but Lastrapes struck out swinging to end the threat.

Washington finally got on the board in the fourth, with Wike scoring on a bases loaded walk to Minor, and had a chance for more but Hyatt lined out to Bendig to end the threat and strand three more runners.

Rivera made it 5-2 Stanford in the bottom of the fifth when she led off with a solo homer, her 17th of the season, over the left field foul pole.

It appeared as if the Cardinal had put the game away after sending 11 batters to the plate and scoring five runs in the top of the sixth to take a 10-2 lead, but the Huskies avoided having the game end by the eight run rule in the bottom of the sixth when Minor doubled and Hyatt drove her in with a single. In the top of the seventh, Stanford capitalized on an error by Fiske to score two more runs and make it 12-3. Lappin singled to score Heather Shook and Nelson plated Morris with another single.

Although she finished one out short of her 12th complete game, Severson got the win in the circle to improve to 13-5, allowing all nine runs, but only three earned, on 13 hits and four walks, while striking out four. By getting the final out, Sorensen earned her fifth save. Bollinger suffered the loss to drop to 11-4, going the distance for her 11th complete game of the season, despite allowing all 12 runs, seven earned, on 13 hits and three walks. She struck out six. Bollinger, a senior, also set the all-time Husky record in career innings pitched with 824, breaking the previous mark of 820 set by Jennifer Spediacci from 1997-2000.

Stanford improved to 7-4 in the Pac-10 with the victory and 37-12 overall, while the Huskies dropped to 6-3 and 32-10 overall. The Huskies host Stanford again on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium to complete a 10 game homestand, before hitting the road for seven games at Oregon State, Oregon, UCLA, Stanford and California. They will finish the season at home, against Arizona State on Friday, May 14 and a doubleheader against top ranked Arizona on Saturday, May 15. Top Stories