Illini falter against Stanford, lose 5-0

LeeAnn Butcher was 2-for-3 as Illinois fell 5-0 to Stanford.
LeeAnn Butcher was 2-for-3 as Illinois fell 5-0 to Stanford.

March 27, 2004

Box Score

Palo Alto, Calif. - Illinois shut down No. 13 Stanford in six of seven innings, but gave up a five-run sixth frame, falling 5-0 to the Cardinal. Outside of that sixth inning, Amanda Fortune gave up three hits and no walks while striking out two. However, she allowed five earned runs on four hits and a hit batsman in the sixth. Jackelyn Diekemper also walked both batters she faced in limited relief in the sixth.

Illinois falls to 1-2 in round-robin play. Current standings are as follows:
Stanford 3-0
BYU 2-1
Hawaii 2-2
Illinois 1-2
UC-Riverside 0-3

LeeAnn Butcher once again led Illinois offensively, going 2-for-3 with two bunt singles for the Illini. Illinois had at least one runner reach base in six of seven innings, but left six runners on base. The Illini had more than one runner in an inning only once.

The Cardinal struck first in the top of the sixth inning, putting across five runs and chasing Fortune. Second baseman Lindsey Key ran out a bloop double to right field and moved to third on Jackie Rinehart's single to left. Katherine Hoffman loaded the bases when she was hit by a pitch, and Catalina Morris drove home a run with a groundout to second base.

Lappin singled home Hoffman, and Allister drove in two with a double off the bottom of the wall in left-center field. Jackelyn Diekemper then came into pitch for Illini, but Fortune re-entered after Diekemper walked consecutive batters. Another run scored on Michelle Thiry's sacrifice fly to the wall in left field, but Fortune got out of the inning by coaxing a groundout to shortstop. All of a sudden, the Illini found themselves down 5-0.

Lindsey Hamma singled behind first base and stole second in the first inning with two outs, but was stranded there. Erin Montgomery led off the second with a base hit to left field and moved to second on Katie O'Connell's sacrifice bunt. But she stayed there as a strikeout and flyout ended the inning.

Janna Sartini led off the third by getting hit by a pitch, but pinch runner Laura Zobrist was caught stealing at second. Erin Jones singled down the left field line, but was out on a fielder's choice one batter later. LeeAnn Butcher ran out a bunt single with one out in fifth, and moved to second on Sartini's groundout to the pitcher. But she stayed there when a strikeout ended the inning.

A pitcher's duel through five innings, Amanda Fortune had a perfect game through three. Stanford threatened in the fourth, getting their first three batters on base. But Fortune coaxed a fielder's choice from the second batter, then got shortstop Lauren Lappin to fly out to left field, then struck out catcher Jessica Allister to end the inning.

Fortune had perfect innings in the first, second, third and fifth, and allowed only one runner in the seventh.