Pac-10 Softball Names Dana Sorensen Pitcher Of The Week

April 2, 2001

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Stanford pitcher Dana Sorensen was named Pitcher of the Week for March 26-April 1, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. This is the third time in her career she has earned the award.

Sorensen, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., went 2-0 in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play. She knocked off top-ranked and previously undefeated UCLA 1-0 on Friday, ending the Bruins' 35-game winning streak. She also tossed a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts on Sunday to defeat No. 15 Washington. On the weekend, Sorensen struck out 21 batters, allowing just two walks and five hits in 14.0 innings of work. She leads the Cardinal pitching staff with a record of 17-1 and an ERA of 0.24.

Against UCLA, she pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out seven and allowing just four base runners, none of which advanced past second base. It was her 11th shutout of the year. After Stanford took a 1-0 lead, Sorensen retired nine of the next 10 batters, including the 3-4-5 hitters in the top of the seventh.

Against UW, Sorensen fanned seven of the first nine batters, including five straight to start the game. She picked up her 200th strikeout of the season in the fourth inning and has already broken the school's single season record of 186 with her 206 K's this year. She walked none and allowed three hits, including a home run in the fourth to snap her scoreless inning streak at 49. It was just the fourth earned run Sorensen has allowed all year.

The Cardinal, 32-3-1 overall (2-1 Pac-10), hosts Oregon on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and No. 14 Oregon State on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.)

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