Softball Heads To Washington And UCLA For Critical Pac-10 Games

April 26, 2001

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This Week: The third-ranked Stanford softball team will travel to Seattle, Wash. for a single game at No. 13 Washington on Friday ... The Cardinal will then head to Southern California for two games with No. 2 UCLA ... This weekend is the end of a six game Pac-10 road trip.

Last Week: Stanford went 2-1 on its road trip to the Arizona schools and swept Saint Mary's in a non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday of this week ... The Cardinal was shutout out by Arizona, 7-0, despite giving up just three hits ... After being rained out on Saturday night at Arizona State, Stanford came out and swept a doubleheader with the Sun Devils on Sunday ... In the two games with ASU, the Cardinal hit seven home runs ... Kira Ching and Jessica Allister both went yard twice while Sarah Beeson, Jessica Mendoza and Michelle Thiry also hit homers ... Allister had four RBIs in the twinbill and Ching drove in five ... Maureen LeCocq pitched a complete game shutout in the opener, and Tori Nyberg picked up the win in Game 2 ... Against Saint Mary's, the Cardinal pounded out 23 hits, including three homers and four doubles ... LeCocq pitched her second straight complete game shutout while Nyberg pitched the shutout in the second game ... Beeson went 4-for-5 with five RBI and four runs while Mendoza also had a 4-for-5 outing with five runs and a pair of RBIs.

Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted a school record 28 shutouts in 51 games played this season ... This breaks the 1998 mark (25) for shutouts in a single season ... Last year, the Cardinal had 10 shutouts ... Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game 14 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on five occasions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 232-66 on the year, including a 52-8 advantage in the first inning ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 25 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .310 with runners in scoring position ... With 70 doubles on the year, the Cardinal leads the Pac-10 ... The pitching staff is 11th in the country with an ERA of 0.98 ... The Cardinal's 39 homers on the year is a school record and is already 11 better than the total from last season.

Rankings Review: Stanford remained in the No. 3 spot in the latest NFCA poll ... 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.

Husky Happenings: Washington brings a 31-17 overall record into Friday's game and a 5-6 mark in the Pac-10 ... The No. 13 Huskies are fresh off a doubleheader sweep of Portland State on Tuesday ... Last weekend, UW went 2-1 in conference play, defeating Oregon and splitting with Oregon State ... Kelly Hauxhurst (.389, 56 hits, 33 RBI) and Jaime Clark (.348, 48 hits, 11 HR) lead the Huskies offensively ... In the circle, Tia Bollinger carries a 27-4 record with a 0.88 ERA ... Bollinger leads the Pac-10 in innings pitched (199.2) and wins (27) while her 186 strikeouts are third ... The Cardinal and Huskies split games earlier this season on The Farm ... UW leads the all-time series 24-6.

Bruin Banter: UCLA enters the weekend's games with a 46-4 overall record ... The No. 2-ranked Bruins swept a doubleheader with UC Riverside on Wednesday and went 2-1 last weekend in Pac-10 play ... The Bruins lost to Oregon State, but took two games from Oregon to move to 7-4 in conference play ... UCLA is hitting at a .348 clip (second in the Pac-1)) and has a 0.91 ERA (third in Pac-10) ... Natasha Watley, who currently has a 29-game hitting streak, leads the squad with a .424 batting average, while three other Bruins are also above .400 ... Amanda Freed leads the pitching staff and is seventh in the nation with a 0.51 ERA ... Keira Goerl is 18-1 on the season with a 1.10 ERA ... UCLA holds a 28-7 advantage in the all-time series, but in the last meeting between the two teams, the Cardinal snapped the Bruins' 35-game winning streak with a 1-0 win.

Cardinal Carrying Hot Bat: In the last four games, Stanford has collected 37 hits, including 14 in the second game of the Saint Mary's doubleheader, which tied the season-high ... In the doubleheader sweep of Pac-10 foe ASU, Stanford hit seven home runs. including back-to-back jacks from Kira Ching and Jessica Allister ... In Pac-10 play, the Cardinal has hit 17 doubles and 11 homers in 12 games ... Stanford has two of the top 10 hitters in the conference in Jessica Mendoza and Sarah Beeson ... Beeson is tops in the Pac-10 for doubles (16) while Mendoza is second in batting average (.428) ... Mendoza leads the squad with 20 mulitple hit games ... In the 12 conference games, Kira Ching is hitting at a .306 clip with four doubles, a triple and two homers along with nine RBI.

From The Training Room: Sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen has a sore back and will not pitch this weekend ... The righthander is second in the nation in Ks per game (11.1) and third in ERA (0.38) ... Her last outing in the circle was the opening game of a doubleheader at Cal on April 14 ... Sorensen is expected to return for the final regular season games at Oregon and Oregon State.

Mendoza Memo: Junior All-American outfielder Jessica Mendoza continues to make her mark in Stanford's all-time career record books ... Earlier this season, she became the Cardinal's all-time hit leader, surpassing Kellie Wiginton's 218 ... Mendoza has 238 hits in her time on The Farm, including 63 this year ... In just her third year, she already holds the school career record for stolen bases (53), home runs (35) and runs scored (154) ... In two games against Saint Mary's earlier this week, she went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, five runs and two RBI ... The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year is among the nation's leaders with her .441 batting average and 13 homers (0.27 per game).

The Buzz On Beeson: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson hit her Pac-10 and team-leading 16th double of the year earlier this week and is one short of tying her career best of 17, which she set as as sophomore ... Beeson also ranks among the top in the nation in two-baggers ... She is second on the team in Pac-10 play with her .294 batting average and is hitting at a .415 clip on the season ... With 56 RBIs, Beeson is just one short from tying the single-season record on The Farm ... Her 11 homers are second on the squad and she leads the team with 25 two-out RBIs ... Her .762 slugging percentage ranks eighth in the league and second on the team.

Notes From Around The Bullpen: Sophomores Maureen LeCocq and Tori Nyberg have both been solid in the circle in recent action ... LeCocq is coming off of consecutive complete game shutout perfromances, including a 6-0 win over ASU ... She also gave up just one hit in a loss to Arizona last week ... Her ERA of 0.86 ranks seventh in the conference and 27th in the nation ... Nyberg improved her record to a perfect 6-0 with a win over Saint Mary's ... Against ASU, she pitched 5 2/3 innings in relief, giving up just two runs on five hits ... The pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .154 average at the plate (second in the Pac-10) and sports a 0.96 ERA ... The Cardinal has a conference-best 113 batters struck out looking ... Jaime Forman-Lau leads the Pac-10 with four saves, which is also seventh 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 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 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, and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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