Dana Sorensen Earns National Player Of The Week Honors

April 4, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - For the second time this week, Stanford's Dana Sorensen has been recognized for her performance in last weekend's conference opening games. This time, she has been named the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I Player of the Week for the week of March 26-April 1. On Monday, she was selected as the Pac10 Pitcher of the Week.

The sophomore went 2-0 in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, including a 1-0 win over top-ranked and previously undefeated UCLA on Friday. She also tossed a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts on Sunday to defeat No. 15 Washington 4-1. On the weekend, Sorensen had 21 strikeouts and two walks while giving up just five hits. 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 No. 4-ranked Cardinal returns to action on Friday at 2:00 p.m. against Oregon. This weekend, No. 16 Oregon State comes to town for games on Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.).

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