Third-Ranked Softball To Battle With No. 4 Cal This Weekend

April 12, 2001

This Week: The third-ranked Stanford softball team will play its Bay Area and Pacific-10 Conference rival, the No. 4 California Golden Bears, on Friday and Saturday ... The Cardinal hosts the Bears for a single game on Friday and then the two teams will meet in Berkeley for a doubleheader on Saturday ... Cal holds a 39-8 advantage in the all-time series, but the Cardinal took the last game 2-0 (4/22/00).

Last Week: Stanford swept the Oregon schools last weekend in Pac-10 play and split a doubleheader at No. 13 Fresno State on Tuesday this week ... Against Oregon, the Cardinal needed just five innings to hand the Ducks an 8-0 loss ... In the three Pac-10 games, Sarah Beeson hit .556 (5-for-9) including a home run and two doubles ... She had six RBI and five runs scored in addition to a 1.111 slugging percentage ... Pitcher Dana Sorensen went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 12 stikeouts in 11 innings of work ... Against Fresno State, Cassi Brangham was 3-for-6 and Sorensen pitched a two-hit shutout.

Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted 25 shutouts in 41 games played this season ... This ties the 1998 school record for shutouts in a single season ... Last year, the Cardinal had 10 shutouts ... Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game 12 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on four occasions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 184-46 on the year, including a 44-5 advantage in the first inning ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 19 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .309 with runners in scoring position ... The pitching staff is seventh in the country with an ERA of 0.83 ... The Cardinal's 28 homers on the year equals the total from last season.

Rankings Review: Stanford jumped another spot in this week's NFCA poll and checks in at No. 3 ... It is the highest ranking in 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 the first four spots in this week's poll, and five of the top 10 ... Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 ... This season, Stanford is scheduled to play five of the top 10 teams in the poll and 11 of the top 25 ... The Cardinal will play at least 24 games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally this season ... For the remainder of the regular season, Stanford will play a ranked team every week.

Golden Bear Bits: California enters this weekend's matchup with a stellar 43-3 overall record, 2-3 in the Pac-10 ... The Bears are coached by Diane Ninemire, who is in her 14th year at the helm of the program ... Sophomore Veronica Nelson leads the Golden Bears with a .404 average at the plate and 14 homers ... Eryn Manahan checks in with a .342 average and a team-leading 51 hits ... Jocelyn Forest leads the pitching staff with an impressive 0.41 ERA (22-3 record) ... Senior Nicole DiSalvio posts a 16-1 record and 0.79 ERA ... Last year, Stanford went 2-1 with the Bears, winning both games in Stanford (2-0, 2-0) and losing in Berkeley (5-6).

Mustang Roundup: Cal Poly has a 17-20 overall record, 3-6 in the Big West ... The Mustangs will travel to Cal State Northridge before hosting Stanford ... The team is led by Gemma Dalena (.315) and Nicole Dansby (.303) ... Terra Blankenbecler leads the pitching staff with a 1.51 ERA and a 9-8 record ... They are coached by Lisa Boyer, who is now in her 13th season with the Mustangs ... Holly Ballard leads the squad with 20 RBI on the year ... Last year, the Cardinal swept a doubleheader with Cal Poly (6-2, 4-1) in Stanford.

Sorensen Goes 3-0 This Week To Improve To 20-1 On The Season: Sophomore Dana Sorensen continues her domination in the circle, picking up three more wins this week ... The righthander picked up two conference wins against Oregon and Oregon State, then pitched a two-hit gem against Fresno State for the 2-0 win ... For the weekend, she recorded 21 strikeouts allowing only 12 hits in 18 innings of work ... All three games were shutouts ... Sorensen leads the nation with a 0.20 ERA and 11.7 Ks per game ... She is 10th in victories nationally ... Sorensen is holding opponent batters to an .111 average at the plate ... The righthander has 15 shutouts (two combined) in 22 appearances.

Beeson Batting .500 In League Play: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson is hitting a team-leading .500 (8-for-16) in Pac-10 games this season ... Her eight RBI and eight hits also lead the squad in league games ... Overall, Beeson is hitting at a .431 clip (second on the team) with a team-leading 47 RBI ... Her nine homers are second on the squad ... Beeson has been clutch with runners in scoring position, hitting .509 ... She leads the team with 19 two-out RBIs ... Nationally, she ranks 14th in batting average and sixth in RBI (1.21 per game) ... Her .508 on-base percentage ranks fifth in the league while her .811 slugging percentage ranks seventh.

Mendoza Among Nation's Best: Junior All-American outfielder Jessica Mendoza is among the nation's leaders with her .439 batting average and 12 homers (0.29 per game) ... Earlier this season, she became the Cardinal's all-time hit leader, surpassing Kellie Wiginton's 218 ... Mendoza has 225 hits in her time on The Farm, including 50 this year ... The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year holds the school career record with her 47 stolen bases and 34 home runs ... She is hitting equally well against lefties (.429) and righthanders (.439) this season ... She is the team leader in batting average, hits, home runs, slugging percentage (.833) and stolen bases (21) ... Mendoza is batting at a .408 clip with runners on base in 2001.

Allister Behind The Dish: Freshman catcher Jessica Allister is looking comfortable behind the plate for Stanford, doing an excellent job of catching the Cardinal pitchers ... At the plate, she is hitting .286 with 28 hits and 14 RBI ... She has thrown out 57 percent of base stealers this season ... Her seven doubles is tied for third on the squad and she has been perfect in the field with 227 putouts and 12 assists ... Allister has collected four two-out RBIs this season.

Notes From Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .143 average at the plate (second in the Pac-10) and sports a nifty 0.79 ERA ... The Cardinal has a conference-best 107 batters struck out looking ... In the Pac-10, Stanford is tops in walks allowed with just 51 and home runs allowed (5) ... The pitching staff is averaging just over eight K's a game and has notched 356 Ks in 255 innings pitched while only walking 53 ... Maureen LeCocq posts an 11-3 record with a 0.96 ERA ... She has a career-high 64 strikeouts in 87.2 innings pitched ... Tori Nyberg picked up her third win of the year last weekend, pitching 5.1 innings while giving up one run on four hits with five strikeouts ... Nyberg has 30 Ks in 26.2 innings of work ... Relief pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves and is also 11th in the nation.

Stanford's Stars and Stripes: The Cardinal had three players selected to participate in the USA Women's National Team Camp, May 30-June 3 at the ARCO Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. ... Sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen, junior centerfielder Jessica Mendoza and junior first baseman Sarah Beeson were among 51 of the nation's finest women's fast pitch softball players selected for the camp ... USA Softball will select two 16-player teams to represent the U.S. in international competitions such as the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, the Canada Cup in Vancouver and the Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela during the 2001 season ... Fifth-year head coach John Rittman was also selected as one of 12 coaches to form the National Team Coaches Pool through the 2004 Olympic Games ... These 12 coaches will also participate in the camp later this spring and will be eligible for selection to such important coaching assignments as the 2001 U.S. Cup in Hawaii, 2001 Canada Cup in Vancouver the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship in Canada, the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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