Strong relief effort not enough for Stanford softball


Erin Ashby pitched six strong innings of relief and hit a game-tying home run for the Stanford softball team only to have visiting St. Mary's rally for a 10-9 nonconference decision Wednesday.

The Cardinal (16-26) fell behind 5-0 and 8-1 before rallying behind Ashby, who allowed three runs on five hits. She walked two and struck out a batter.

Ashby limited the Gaels to one run on four hits through her first five innings.

Bessie Noll hit a home run in her third consecutive game, a three-run shot during the third inning that helped close the gap to 8-7. Hanna Winter, who was 5 for 5, and Kayla Bonstrom also drove in runs.

Ashby, who retired 12 of the final 15 batters she faced, led off the sixth with her third homer of the season.

Lauren Bertoy also hit a home run for the Cardinal, which hosts top-ranked Oregon this weekend in a three-game Pac-12 series beginning Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and continuing Sunday at noon and Monday at 7 p.m.

Winter upped her average to .395, second to Bonstrom's .444.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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