No. 4 Softball Takes First Game Of Doubleheader With No. 13 Fresno State

April 10, 2001

FRESNO, Calif. - The No. 4 Stanford softball team scored two runs in the fifth inning and Dana Sorensen pitched a two-hit shutout as the Cardinal defeated No. 13 Fresno State 2-0 in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader on Tuesday night at Bulldog Stadium. The Cardinal improves to 36-3-1 with the win while the Bulldogs fall to 28-13.

The Cardinal scored its only runs of the game in the fifth. The inning was a wild one in that two of the outs were made on run downs from third to home, and both runs were unearned. Michelle Thiry led off with a single but was forced out at second on Ramona Shelburne's fielder's choice. Robin Walker followed with a base hit and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Jessica Mendoza's line drive up the middle was knocked down by Fresno State's pitcher and Shelburne got caught in a run down at third base. Mendoza advanced to second on the play and Walker ended up on third.

The Bulldogs then intentionally walked Sarah Beeson to load the bases for Kira Ching. With two outs, Ching's liner to right was dropped by the right fielder, enabling Walker and Mendoza to score. But Beeson got caught in a pickle coming home and was tagged for the third out to end the inning.

In the circle, Dana Sorensen allowed just two hits while striking out nine and walking none. With the win, she improves to 20-1 on the year. Sorensen allowed just three base runners in the game (none after the third inning), and she retired the last 12 Bulldog batters in order.

Fresno State's Lori Hoffman took the loss. She struck out the first four Stanford batters and had seven Ks in the game. She falls to 8-7 on the year.

Mendoza was the only Cardinal with multiple hits in the game. She went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Game 1 Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E#4 Stanford 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 7 1#13 Fresno State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1

WP - Dana Sorensen (20-1) and Jessica Allister. LP - Lori Hoffman (8-7) and Pam West. Save - None. 2B - None. 3B - None. HR - None. E - Sarah Beeson (STAN), Mitzi Ing (FSU). LOB - Stanford 6, Fresno State 3. Records: Stanford 36-3-1, Fresno State 28-13.

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