No. 3 Softball Opens Season With Doubleheaader Sweep of Santa Clara

Feb. 2, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 3 Stanford women's softball opened the 2002 season in convincing fashion Saturday afternoon, completing a doubleheader sweep of rival Santa Clara at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal shutout the Broncos 11-0 in the first game, then recorded a 6-1 victory in game two.

Stanford (2-0) ambushed the Broncos with an 11-run third inning in the first game of the doubleheader, which was called with the Cardinal leading 11-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) paced the Cardinal with two hits apiece in three at bats, as each player in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit in the game. Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) and Mendoza both scored two runs for Stanford, while Ching led the club with two RBI on the afternoon. Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) and Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) combined on the three-hit shutout, as the Cardinal needed just 1:37 to dispatch of the Broncos in game one.

In the second game, the Cardinal got on the board early and cruised to a 6-1 victory. In the bottom of the first inning, Mendoza scored on a throwing error by the pitcher to give Stanford a 1-0 lead. Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) roped a two-RBI double in two innings later to put the Cardinal up 3-0. Cardinal hurler Dana Sorensen (San Diego, Calif.) carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Santa Clara's Kelly Johnson singled to left for the Broncos' only hit of the contest. The Cardinal would make it 4-0 when Mendoza's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth scored Walker after she tripled with one out in the inning. Mendoza would later single home LeCocq with two outs in the bottom of the sixth, and freshman Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, Calif.) scored the final Cardinal run when Beeson reached on an error by Santa Clara's rightfielder. The Broncos would score their only run of the game in the top of the seventh inning. Sorensen was masterful on the mound, limiting Santa Clara to one hit in five shutout innings.

Stanford will play a twinbill with Pacific on the road next Saturday, with game one slated for 12 p.m.

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