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
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
#14 UW 0, #5 Stanford 1
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