#14 UW 0, #5 Stanford 1

Missy Penna outdueled Danielle Lawrie in a battle of freshman pitchers as the fifth ranked Stanford Cardinal shut out the 14th ranked Huskies 1-0 at Husky Softball Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the victory the Cardinal evened its Pac-10 mark at 1-1 and improved to 27-5 overall while the Huskies dropped to 0-2 and 25-10.

The two teams traded zeroes through the first four innings, but Stanford finally got the only run of the game in the fifth. Lindsay Key led off with an infield single and then Anna Beardman laid a sacrifice bunt down the first base line. Ashley Charters fielded the ball and attempted to force Key out at second but threw low to shortstop Nicole Moojen, who could not come up with the ball cleanly, for an error. With runners at first and second Catalina Morris came to the plate and grounded into a fielder's choice at second, with Key advancing to third. Lauren Lappin then drove in Key with a sacrifice fly to left to make it 1-0.

As they did in a 2-0 loss to California on Friday, the Huskies created some drama in the bottom of the seventh, getting two runners on base. Sarah Hyatt led off with a leadoff double into right center field, and after Penna retired Ashlyn Watson on a grounder to short for the first out, Aimee Minor grounded a single to left to put Huskies at first and third. Dena Tyson struck out looking, with the last two strikes generating jeers for home plate umpire Lori Bish from the crowd, as they looked like balls. Alicia Matthews then came to the plate representing the last hope for the Huskies and got ahead in the count three balls and a strike. After fouling the next pitch away, Matthews grounded out to third baseman Michelle Smith to end it.

Penna (16-2) earned the win with the complete game shutout, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out two. She did not allow a ball out of the infield until Watson flied out to left in the fourth.

Lawrie (14-6) suffered the tough luck loss in the complete game, allowing only the one unearned run. She allowed only three hits and walked four, but struck out 12 to raise her total to 193. She struck out the side in the first and the fourth.

The Huskies and Cardinal conclude the brief two game series on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Husky Softball Stadium.

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