STANFORD, Calif. – The Huskies dropped game two of their three-game series to the Stanford Cardinal, 13-5, in six innings Friday night at Smith Family Stadium in Stanford, Calif.
Dani Braun and Kelli Suguro each had multi-hit efforts for the Huskies, and Suguro added two RBI. The Huskies got on the board first, striking for two runs in the top of the 1st inning on RBI singles from Kaitlin Inglesby and Ali Aguilar.
Victoria Hayward led off the game with a walk and a steal of 2nd base. After a single by Jennie McNeill, the Huskies plated their first run of the game on Inglesby’s single. Two batters later, Inglesby scored from 2nd on Aguilar’s base hit.
Bryana Walker made the start in the circle and dominated the Stanford offense through the first four innings of the game. Walker didn’t allow a base runner until Stanford DP Jessica Plaza walked with one out in the 5th. That broke a streak of 13 in a row retired by Walker.
The Cardinal then had the next seven batters reach safely. Walker left the game after four-and-one-third innings, and fell to 14-7 with the loss.
The Huskies answered back in the top of the 6th, scoring three runs to make it an 8-5 game in favor of the Cardinal. Kylee Lahners got the rally started with a leadoff single. Walks to Hooch Fagaly and Marki Creger-Zier loaded the bases for Braun.
On a bouncing ball to the shortstop off the bat of Braun, Lahners broke for the plate and eluded the tag of Stanford’s catcher with a great slide. Suguro followed with a two-run single, and the Huskies cut Stanford’s lead to three, 8-5.
But the Cardinal added five runs in the bottom of the 6th for the 13-5 victory.
Braun finished 2-for-3, with one RBI, while Suguro was 2-for-3, with two RBI.
The Huskies conclude their three-game series against the Cardinal on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.