The Beavers softball team won their second consecutive conference series this weekend against the Cardinal. After taking the first two games in the series, the Beavers dropped the finale in an extra inning. This was the fourth series win in a row against Stanford. Next they head down I-5 for the Civil War series against the #6 team in the nation which is scheduled to air on the Pac-12 Network starting on Friday at 6 PM PT.
Beaver pitcher, Taylor Cotton, tossed a gem Friday to shut out the Cardinal en route to a 6-0 win. She struck out nine batters while only allowing four hits to pick up her ninth win of the season. They scored four runs in the third inning, then in the fourth and fifth they picked up two solo homers from RF Shelby Weeks and 3B Sammi Noland respectively to pile on the score.
In the second game, both teams scored a run in the second and then remained quiet until the 5th where SS McKenna Arriola hit a three-run homer to make it 4-1. Stanford added two runs in the sixth to start a comeback, but reliever Nerissa Eason made sure to minimize the damage and held the one run lead to the end of the game. One of the highlights of the game was a play at home plate that ended a Stanford threat in the second inning.
The offense was rolling in the first two innings as the Beavers built a 5-0 lead after DP Alysha Everett hit a two-run homer. Then Stanford erupted in the third for six runs to take the lead before the Beavers tied it up at the bottom of the inning. The offensive explosion was short lived as neither team could muster another run before the end of the seventh inning. In the eighth, Stanford score a couple of runs on a triple, but when the Beavers tried to answer, they came up empty.