Feb. 17, 2000
POWAY, Calif. -- No. 6 Michigan got two runs in the top of the eighth to hand No. 21 Stanford its first loss of the season, 2-0 to open play at the Campbell/Cartier Classic Thursday afternoon at Sportsplex USA. The Cardinal falls to 7-1 on the season while the Wolverines improve to 1-0.
Staford found itself in a ptichers' duel for the first time this season, as the Cardinal and its opponents had combined for at least nine runs in each of the Cardinal's first seven outings. Stanford freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS), pitching only two miles from her house, and Michigan junior Marie Barda dominated in the circle until the game reached extra innings.
The Wolverines used a pair of walks and a groundout to get runners on second and third with two out in the bottom of the first, but Marissa Young flied out to right. Stanford senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) led off the bottom of the first with a single to right. After a out, sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) ripped one down the left-field line, but the third baseman snared it and doubled Wiginton off first to end the inning. After that, neither team even got a runner to second base until the top of the sixth. Then Melissa Taylor got a one-out single, Michigan's first hit of the game, and advanced to second on a sacrifice. She reached third on a wild pitch, and Wiginton then made a good stop on a pitch in the dirt to save the run. Sorensen came back from the 2-0 count to strike out the batter, Michigan clean-up hitter Melissa Gentile, to end the threat.
Stanford threatened in the bottom of the sixth when junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) was hit by a 2-2 pitch. Wiginton reached on a fielder's choice bunt and sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) singled up the middle. Mendoza hit a sharp grounder to third, but Michigan turned an inning-ending double play.
Neither team threatened in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings, played under international tiebreaker rules. Melinda Moulde was placed on second to start the inning, and she was sacrificed to third. Sorensen (4-1) struck out the next batter for the second out, but Kelsey Kollen battled back from an 0-2 count to draw a walk. Melissa Taylor's bunt wasn't cleanly handled by third baseman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS), loading the bases. Stefanie Volpe then hit a two-run double down the left-field line make it 2-0. Barda (1-0) retired the side in the bottom of the eighth, ending the game with her 10th strikeout. Sorensen finished with five strikeouts and a three-hitter after taking a no-hitter into the sixth, while Barda allowed only two hits.
Stanford returns to action at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament Friday, meeting Tennessee at 3:30 and Arkansas at 8:30. The tournament continues through Sunday.