April 7, 2000
Tucson, Ariz. -- The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team (32-7, 1-5 Pac-10) fell to fourth-ranked Arizona State 35-7, 3-2 Pac-10) 3-2 in a Pac-10 Conference game in Tempe, Ariz. tonight. The Cardinal received a strong performance from sophomore SS Robin Walker in the loss. Walker had a first inning double that drove in a run and followed with a two-out double in the sixth inning that led to a Stanford run.
The Cardinal jumped out to an early lead on the Sun Devils in the first inning, when senior C Kellie Wiginton led off the game by driving a ball to right, center field for a double. The next batter, Walker, hit a pitch from Arizona State pitcher Kirsten Voak into left, centerfield to score Wiginton from second.
Stanford held the lead until the bottom of the third inning, when Arizona State scored two runs on two hits and two Cardinal errors. ASU's Missy Hixon led off with a single off Stanford starting pitcher Dana Sorensen. The Sun Devils' Jenifer Forner reached base on an error, before Erica Beach drove home Hixon with a single. ASU took the took the lead with a Kara Brun single that brought Forner to the plate.
After ASU extended its lead on a home run by Brun in the fifth inning, Stanford responded with two outs in its half of the sixth inning. Walker hit her second double of the night to left-centerfield and reached the plate when sophomore CF Jessica Mendoza hit a towering shot into right, centerfield for a triple, making the score 3-2.
ASU added a run in the third inning on a home run by Brun.
Sorensen (15-5) pitched five strong innings for the Cardinal, allowing only one earned run on seven ASU hits. She struckout four Sun Devil batters, while walking one. Sorensen allowed one hit in the sixth inning before freshman P Tori Nyberg replaced her.
The Cardinal is 7-12 all-time versus the Sun Devils and will meet them again for a doubleheader to closeout the Pac-10 season on May 13 at the Stanford Softball Complex.
Stanford will face second-ranked Arizona tomorrow in Tucson at 6 p.m. trying to break a four game conference losing streak. The Cardinal and Wildcats will also face each other on Sunday at 1 p.m.