Softball Records Consecutive Shutouts At 2001 Stanford Fall Tournament

Nov. 10, 2001

STANFORD, Calif. - The Cardinal returned to the diamond Saturday afternoon during the first day of the 2001 Stanford Fall Tournament at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium, and immediately picked up where they left off last season. Stanford, which closed out the 2001 campaign with a school-best 54 wins (54-16-1 overall) and its first appearance at the Women's College World Series, posted consecutive shutouts over Santa Clara and Sacramento City on Saturday.

The Cardinal began the day with a 4-0 blanking of Santa Clara in the second game of the tournament. Senior Sarah Beeson and junior Kira Ching had back-to-back RBI singles in the bottom of the third inning to put the Cardinal up 2-0, and freshman Leah Nelson added an RBI groundout to give Stanford a 3-0 lead. Freshman Meghan Sickler added a sacrafice fly in the sixth inning to round out the scoring and give the Cardinal a 4-0 win.

In the third game of the day, Stanford routed the Sacramento City Express 10-0, with play called during the middle of the fourth inning due to rain. Beeson led the Cardinal charge with two home runs and five RBI as the Cardinal easily handled the overmatched Express squad. Senior Jessica Mendoza and Leah Nelson chipped in with RBI singles, and senior Jessica Draemel plated three runners with an RBI double in the bottom of the third.

Santa Clara defeated Sacramento City 3-1 in the opening game on Saturday.

The three-team tournament, which follows a pool play format and allows free substitutions, wraps up Sunday afternoon. The schedule is as follows:

Sacramento City vs. Santa Clara- 10 a.m.
Sacramento City vs. Stanford- 12:30 p.m.
Stanford vs. Santa Clara- 3 p.m.

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