April 29, 2000
SEATTLE, Wash. -- The 11th-ranked Stanford softball team (39-13, 5-9 Pac-10) fell 8-0 in six innings to top-ranked Washington (49-5, 11-2 Pac-10) at the Husky Softball Stadium today. The Huskies scored all eight runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for the win.
Washington led off the sixth when freshman P Maureen LeCocq walked Jen Spediacci to begin the inning. Freshman P Jamie Forman-Lau then replaced LeCocq in the circle and an error by sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson allowed Mo Downs to reach first base. The Huskies then loaded the bases before Erin Helgeland double to center, driving in two runners. The Huskies would go on to six more runs, topped off by Spediacci's three-run home run to eight run rule the Cardinal.
Stanford made its first scoring threat in the top of the second inning when junior 3B Jenni Shideler reached base when the Huskies did not cover first base giving the catcher a person to throw to. Shideler earned a hit on the play and then stole second with two outs. The inning ended when freshman OF Cassi Brangham got hit by a pitch, but the home plate umpire called her out saying she swung at the pitch.
In the fourth, sophomore OF Jessica Mendoza drew a four pitch walk to begin the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice fly hit deep to right field by sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson. A groundout to the right side by senior C Kellie Wiginton advanced Mendoza to third, but freshman P Maureen LeCocq struckout to end the inning.
The Cardinal and Huskies will conclude the weekend series tomorrow at the Husky Softball Stadium beginning at 1 p.m.