Softball Garners Highest Ranking In School History

Feb. 28, 2001

The Stanford softball team garnered its highest ranking in school history this week as the Cardinal checked in at No. 6 in this week's USA Today/NFCA Division I Top 25 poll.

'It's great to be thought of so highly by your peers,' said head coach John Rittman,' but we know that we have a lot of work to do and the poll that really counts is the last one that comes out in May.'

The Cardinal has appeared in the top 25 of every regular-season poll since early in the 1998 season, reaching a then-high of No. 7 during 1999. Stanford peaked at No. 8 in 2000.

Stanford's move in the polls comes after a strong showing at the prestigious NFCA Leadoff Classic, held over the weekend in Columbus, Georgia.

Stanford went 3-0 early in the tournament to earn the top-seed in the Gold Bracket (top bracket). The Cardinal went on the defeat Kansas to run their record to 4-0. Stanford played No. 19 South Carolina in the semifinal. With the game tied 0-0 after five complete innings of play, the weather turned bad and play was cancelled due to lightning and rain. As the top seed, Stanford was declared the tournament winner. Three Cardinals were named to the all-tournament team (Sarah Beeson, Jessica Mendoza and Dana Sorensen).

Four Pac-10 schools are ranked in the top six nationally and all eight teams occupy spots in the top 25.

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