No. 15 Softball Rolls To 12-0 Win Over Utah State

Feb. 17, 2001

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The No. 15 Stanford softball team collected 11 hits in five innings en route to a 12-0 win over Utah State in the Campbell/Cartier Classic on Saturday afternoon at the Poway Sportsplex. The Cardinal is 3-0 in the tournament and improves its record to 11-0 on the season, the best start in school history.

Jessica Mendoza put the Cardinal up 2-0 in the first inning with a two-run home run to centerfield, which scored Maureen LeCocq. The Cardinal extended the lead by a run in the second inning. Jessica Allister led off with a double to the left center field wall. Cassi Brangham's RBI single scored Allister for a 3-0 Stanford lead.

On the mound for the Cardinal, Tori Nyberg pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out five. Nyberg walked nobody and improved her record to 2-0 on the season. Nyberg retired nine straight batters after allowing a single to the Utah State's leadoff hitter. Of the three Aggie base runners in the game, nobody advanced past second base.

Stanford posted four runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth, sending 20 batters to the plate in the two innings. The third inning started off with another double to left center, this time by Mendoza. Kira Ching and Jessica Draemel both had RBI singles in the third. The Cardinal started the fourth inning with a 7-0 lead and continued the romp. Ching doubled and Jenni Shideler, Robin Walker and Brangham all drove in runs in the fourth.

Ching was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored while Mendoza was 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Brangham also had a 2-for-2 outing with three runs batted in and Walker had three RBIs.

Stanford continues play in the Campbell/Cartier Classic tonight at 8:30 p.m. against No. 22 Long Beach State.

Score by Innings	1	2	3	4	5	R  H  E#15 Stanford	        2	1	4 	5	0	12 11 0Utah State	        0	0	0	0	0	0  2  1

Stanford: Tori Nyberg (5K, 0BB) and Jessica Allister. Utah State: Kristin Hommel (1K, 3BB), Lisa Spencer (1K, 3BB) and Breanne Nickle. WP - Nyberg (2-0). LP - Hommel (0-4). Save - None. 2B - Jessica Allister (STAN), Jessica Mendoza (STAN), Kira Ching (STAN). 3B - None. HR - Jessica Mendoza (STAN). E - Kristin Hommel (USU). LOB - Stanford 7, Utah State 2.Records: Stanford 11-0, Utah State 3-6.

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