No. 15 Stanford softball certainly wasn’t expecting a loss on Wednesday night when it played host to Saint Mary’s, a team that had a 2-9 road record coming into the contest.
But the Gaels got the best of the Cardinal in the midweek matchup, with freshman pitcher Kelsey Stevens giving up three earned runs in four innings of work and senior Teagan Gerhart allowing two runs in relief to pick up the loss.
Saint Mary’s started heating up when Brittany Sabatini hit a solo home run to leftfield in the top of the third. Stanford answered immediately, as sophomore Cassandra Roulund’s single in the bottom of the inning brought sophomore Leah White home from second.
The Cardinal briefly broke the 1-1 tie when senior Sarah Hassman batted in pinch runner Tylyn Wells in the fourth, but Saint Mary’s came roaring back with two runs off a solo shot and a sacrifice fly to take the lead for good.
Stanford hopes to bounce back this weekend when it travels to Washington for a three-game series. Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Contact George Chen at gchen15 “at” stanford.edu.