April 28, 2000
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The 11th-ranked Stanford softball team (39-12, 5-8 Pac-10) defeated the third-ranked UCLA Bruins (33-8-1, 8-4 Pac-10) 2-1 in the tenth-inning at the Easton Softball Stadium today. The win ended a nine game losing streak to the Bruins.
In the tenth inning a international tiebreaker rule takes effect, placing a runner on second base to start the inning. Senior C Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA) was placed on second, because she was the last out in the previous inning, and advanced to third on junior 3B Jenni Shideler's (San Jose, CA) base-on-balls and a catcher interference call that sent freshman OF Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) to first. Senior 2B Lauren Gellman then drew a one-out walk to give the Cardinal a 1-0 lead. Stanford extended the lead on a base hit by sophomore SS Robin Walker (La Palma, CA) that scored Shideler. On the hit, Gellman got caught in a run-down between second and third to end the inning.
UCLA responded in its half of the tenth inning with an RBI single by Julie Marshall that scored Lindsey Kleine from second.
The Cardinal threatened in both the first and fourth innings. Sophomore OF Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) had a two-out double to left-center field but a groundout by sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ) ended the inning. In the fourth, Mendoza reached base on a bunt single and moved to second when SS Natasha Watley misplayed a throw on a Beeson groundball. Two Cardinal outs followed to end the inning.
Freshman P Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) and UCLA's Amanda Freed, who shared Pac-10 Player of the Week honors a week ago, dueled into extra innings with both pitchers allowing only six hits between them. Sorensen has now pitched 26 innings without allowing an earned run, improving her record to 20-6.
Stanford will continue its Pac-10 roadtrip as they travel to Washington for games on Saturday and Sunday.