Softball Hosts Arizona Schools For Final Home Pac-10 Weekend
May 3, 2001
This Week: The third-ranked Stanford softball team hosts the Arizona schools for its final home weekend of Pac-10 play ... On Friday, No. 11 Arizona State is in town for the grand opening of Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium ... On Saturday and Sunday, the Cardinal will take on top-ranked Arizona ... Seniors Ramona Shelburne and Jenni Shideler will be honored on Sunday as they play their final regular season games on The Farm.
Last Week: Stanford went 0-3 in Pac-10 play last week, losing a game to Washington and a pair to UCLA ... The Cardinal was able to snap its season-long losing streak (3) with a doubleheader sweep of Sacramento State on Wednesday of this week ... Stanford managed just two runs on eight hits in the three Pac-10 games on the road ... It was the first time the Cardinal had lost two in a row all season as well as the first weekend series it had lost in conference play ... On Wednesday, Stanford pounded out 11 hits en route to an 11-0 five-inning win over Sac State in the opener, but had to go extra innings before it pulled out a 3-2 win in the nightcap ... Sarah Beeson went 5-for-8 with four doubles on the day while Jessica Allister enjoyed a 4-for-7 outing with four RBI ... Maureen LeCocq pitched four shutout innings in the first game to earn the win while Jaime Forman-Lau picked up the win in the second game ... Tori Nyberg started the second game and went five innings, allowing two runs, before Forman-Lau came on in relief ... She went on to pitch three innings of hitless ball with seven strikeouts.
Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted a school record 29 shutouts in 56 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 15 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on six occasions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 248-81 on the year, including a 55-12 advantage in the first inning ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 27 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .309 with runners in scoring position ... With 83 doubles on the year, the Cardinal leads the Pac-10 ... The pitching staff is 16th in the country with an ERA of 1.13 ... 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.
Sun Devil Data: Arizona State enters this weekend with a 31-17 overall record (6-9 Pac-10) ... They are coached by Linda Wells ... The Sun Devils are hitting .297 this season (third in the Pac-10) ... Opponents are hitting just .178 against ASU pitching ... Shortstop Kara Brun is batting .321 with 51 hits, a team-high eight doubles and 29 runs scored ... Junior Missy Hixon needs 11 more doubles for the school's all-time record (40) ... Junior Kirsten Voak needs 45 strikeouts for the Sun Devil record (807) ... Freshman Phelan Wright is batting .449 in conference play ... Stanford won both of the earlier meetings with Arizona State (6-0, 7-2) in Tempe.
About Arizona: Arizona brings a 51-4 record (13-2 Pac-10) into this weekend's contests ... They are coached by Mike Candrea ... The Wildcats have won 50+ games for the 11th time in school history ... They have posted 34 shutouts this season ... Jennie Finch is leading the nation with her 0.24 ERA ... Senior Becky Lemke became UA's career strikeout leader on April 29 vs. Oregon (880 for her career) ... She has 168 Ks this season ... Lemke is the fourth pitcher in school history to win 100 or more games in a career (100-19) ... Leneah Manuma is one home run away from tying the school freshman home run record of 18 ... Senior Toni Mascarenas leads the 'Cats with 17 multiple RBI games ... The Wildcats won the first meeting between the two schools earlier this season, 7-0, in Tucson.
Notes From Around The Yard: With the two wins on Wednesday, Stanford broke its all-time record for wins in a season ... Its previous best was 45 from the 2000 season ... Jessica Mendoza and Sarah Beeson have combined for 232 of Stanford's 562 (41%) total bases this season ... Mendoza and Kira Ching have combined to go 40-44 (.909) in stolen bases this season ... The Pac-10 has a nation-leading seven teams ranked in the top 25 poll ... Stanford is 14-7-1 (.659) against ranked teams ... The Cardinal has been ranked in the Top 5 since March 7 ... Stanford ranks in the Top 10 in fielding percentage (.973) ... The Pac-10's batting average of .296 leads the nation ... With six games remaining in the Pac-10 season, the Cardinal has already equaled its conference wins from last year (nine) .... Stanford's best league record was 17-11 in 1998 ... Stanford is 6-4 in its last 10 games and is currently on a two-game winning streak.
From The Training Room: Sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen has a sore back and is not expected to 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 241 hits in her time on The Farm, including 66 this year ... In just her third year, she already holds the school career record for stolen bases (53), home runs (35) and runs scored (158) ... In two games against Sac State earlier this week, she scored four runs, including the winning run in the eighth inning of the second game ... The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year is among the nation's leaders with her .426 batting average and 13 homers (0.24 per game).
Beeson Breaks Single Season RBI Record: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson broke the Stanford single-season RBI record against Sacramento State on Wednesday, bringing her 2001 total to 60 ... Beeson also hit her team and league leading 20th double vs. the Hornets ... She is hitting at a .416 clip with a team-high 67 hits ... Beeson has started all 56 games at first for the Cardinal ... She is hitting .454 with runners on base ... Beeson leads the team with 27 two-out RBI ... She is averaging a team-leading 1.20 hits and 1.07 RBI per game as well as .36 doubles per game ... Beeson leads the team with 14 multiple RBI games this season.
Notes From Around the Bullpen: The Cardinal pitching staff, comprised of four sophomores, has the 16th best ERA (1.16) in the nation ... It has a conference-best 118 batters struck out looking and is third best with 378 strikeouts ... Maureen LeCocq and Tori Nyberg have traded the starting role in recent action while Jaime Forman-Lau has been solid in relief ... LeCocq pitched four innings of scoreless ball on Wednesday against Sac State, giving up just three hits ... Nyberg went five innings in the second game, giving up three hits as well, before Forman-Lau came in to close the game ... Forman-Lau didn't give up a hit in three innings of work, while striking out seven ... The pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .162 average at the plate ... Forman-Lau leads the Pac-10 with four saves, which also ranks ninth nationally.
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.