Softball Heads To Florida For Speedline Invitational

March 6, 2001

This Week: The sixth-ranked Stanford softball team (21-1-1, 0-0 Pac-10) travel to Tampa, Fla. for the Speedline Invitational, March 8-11. The Cardinal play five games their bracket, before the championship rounds begin.

Last Week: Stanford went 5-0 at the Red Desert Classic to take home top honors ... Jessica Mendoza hit .533 for the tourney (8-for-15) with seven runs scored while teammate Sarah Beeson went 7-for-14 (.500) with 11 RBI ... Mendoza, Beeson and Kira Ching each hit two homers during the tourney ... Maureen LeCocq went 2-0 in the circle fo r the Cardinal with a 0.50 ERA while holding opponent batters to a .109 average at the plate ... Stanford was six-for-six in stolen bases ... pitcher Dana Sorensen went 3-0 with a 0.84 ERA and 27 strikeouts ... Stanford tallied wins over Oklahoma State, UC Santa Barbara, #17 Nebraska, Utah and Missouri ... the Cardinal posted two shutouts in five games and four double plays.

Did You Know: The Cardinal have posted 13 shutouts in 23 games played this season ... last year, Stanford had 10 shutouts ... the school record for shutouts in a single season is 25 (1998) ... Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game seven times this season and scored 10 or more runs on four occassions ... the Cardinal have outscored its opponents 118-27 on the year ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 18 two-out RBI ... as a team, Stanford is hitting .343 with runners in scoring position ... the Cardinal take a nine-game winning streak into this weekend's invitational ... Stanford has not lost to a ranked opponent this season.

Rankings Review: Stanford made another big jump in the polls last week moving up three spots to No.6. It is the highest ranking is school history. 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. Pac-10 teams hold three of the top five spots in the 2001 preseason poll, and six of the top 10. All eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25. This season Stanford is scheduled to play seven of the top 10 teams in the poll and 12 of the top 25. The Cardinal will play at least 24 games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally this season.

Tennessee Tech: Tennessee Tech enters this weekend's invitational with an 11-5 overall record ... Stephanie Dallman (.460, 23 hits, 6 RBI) and Lee Ann Mongar (.327, 16 hits, 2 HR) lead the team ... Tennessee Tech has won their last nine games ... Adrienne Fortmann leads the pitching staff with a 7-2 record and 1.11 ERA ... they are batting .273 as a team ... this will be the first meeting between the two teams.

About Georgia Tech: The Yellowjackets come in with an 11-6 overall record ... they are led by Tara Knudsen (.348, 16 hits, 4 RBI) and Tasha Waugh (.318, 14 hits, 12 RBI) ... G.T. is coached by Kate Madden ... Tiffany Goodman leads the pitching staff with a 5-3 record and 0.83 ERA ... this will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Cha-Ching!: Second baseman Kira Ching had a very productive weekend with the long ball in Utah. Ching hit two homers during the tournament, her first two of the season, while hitting .333 at the plate with five RBI and five runs scored. Her homers came in the 6-4 win over Nebraska where she went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and five RBI. On the year, she is third on the squad with a .284 batting average and is a perfect six-for-six in stolen bases. Ching has six multiple-hit games and two multiple RBI games this season.

Beeson Takes Five-Game Hitting Streak To Tampa: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson takes a five-game hitting streak into the invitational in Tampa. Beeson, who hit .500 last weekend, sports a .433 average with a team-leading 33 RBI. Her 123 career RBI and her 1,218 career putouts are school records. Beeson leads the team with eight multiple-RBI games, including three game with four or more RBI. She is batting .486 with runners on base and .586 with runners in scoring position.

Mendoza Steals The Show: Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza not only leads the team with an impressive .459 batting average, but she also leads the squad in stolen bases with 11 on the year. Mendoza hit .533 over the weekend with three doubles and two homers. She is leading the squad with a .459 batting average and is second in RBI with 18 on the year. She leads the team in multiple-hit games (8) and is second in multiple-RBI games (5). She is hitting .448 with runners on base and .450 with runners in scoring position.

LeCocq Runs Record To 7-0: Although she may not have a high strikeout total, sophomore pitcher Maureen LeCocq has a perfect 7-0 record on the mound and a 0.49 ERA. Over the weekend, she picked up two wins in two starts with a 0.50 ERA in 14 innings of work. She allowed only one run and five hits in three games she pitched in. She is holding opponent batters to a .133 average at the plate through 43.0 innings in the circle. Earlier this season, she pitched her first collegiate perfect game - a 2-0 win over Long Beach State (2/17). LeCocq has two shutouts and five combined shutouts on the season.

Notes from Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .133 average at the plate and sport a nifty 0.84 ERA ... over five games, the Cardinal pitchers combined to throw 30 consecutive scoreless innings and posted four consecutive shutouts ... the pitching staff is averaging nine K's a game ... the Cardinal hurlers have notched 196 Ks in 150.0 innings pitched while only walking 34 ... Stanford has 13 shutouts in 23 games ... Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves on the year ... with runners on base, the Cardinal pitchers are holding batters to a .166 batting average.Sorensen Goes 3-0 At Red Desert Classic: Sophomore hurler Dana Sorensen continues to dominate in the circle for Stanford. She posted a 0.84 ERA during the Red Desert Classic with a perfect 3-0 record. In 16.2 innings of work, she notched 27 strikeouts. On the year, Sorensen leads the pitching staff with a 10-1 record and 0.30 ERA. She has notched 10 or more strikeouts in eight of 12 games this season. Sorensen is holding opponent batters to a .100 average at the plate. She has only allowed three earned run and 23 hits in a team-leading 70.0 innings in the circle for Stanford. With 125 K's this season, Sorensen is on pace to surpass her strikeout total from last year (164).

Catch Me If You Can: Stanford is averaging a little over a stolen base per game in 2001 ... Mendoza leads the team with 11 stolen bases followed by Kira Ching, who is a perfect six-of-six ... the Cardinal have 28 swiped bags on the year - their opponents only have nine.

Up Next: Stanford will get a much needed break taking a week off for finals. Action will resume on Saturday, March 24 when the Cardinal take on Portland State in a doubleheader at Stanford.

Pack Your Bags: The 2001 Stanford Cardinal will compete in four tournaments this season including the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Columbus, Ga.), the Speedline Invitational (Tampa, Fla. ), the Campbell/Cartier Classic (Poway, Calif.) and the Utah Invitational (St. George, Utah). From mid-February to mid-March, the Cardinal will not play at home and will log quite a few miles traveling from one coast to the other.

Cardinal Record When ...Day Game:  17-1-1Night Game:  4-07 inning game:  17-16 inning game:  0-05 inning game:  4-0-1extra inning game:  0-0one-run game:  2-1Stanford Scores first:  18-0Opponent Scores first: 3-1Stanford leads going into last inning: 20-0Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-1Score tied going into last inning: 1-0-1Game one of doubleheader: 3-0Game two of doubleheader: 3-0vs. ranked opponents: 5-0-1vs. unranked opponents: 16-1Last five games: 5-0Last 10 games: 9-0-1
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