No. 3 Softball Starts Strong At Campbell/Cartier Classic

Feb. 16, 2002

POWAY, Calif. - No. 3 Stanford softball began its tournament run at the Campbell/Cartier Classic with back-to-back victories Friday evening in Poway. The Cardinal improved to 7-0 after edging No. 10 Cal State Fullerton 2-1 in its first matchup, then defeating Cal State Northridge 4-2 in the nightcap.

Stanford's opening contest against Cal State Fullerton featured tremendous pitching efforts by each squad, with the Cardinal able to scratch out just enough to earn the win.

The Titans would get on the board in the bottom of the first when Monica Lucatero came around to score after clean-up hitter Yasmin Mossadeghi's pop fly fell in shallow left field between two Cardinal defenders. CSUF would continue to cling to that 1-0 lead for the first five innings, mainly courtesy of starting pitcher Jodie Cox- who struck out 13 Cardinal hitters in a complete game effort.

Stanford then took the lead in the top of the sixth when Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) smoked a double down the left field line, scoring Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) to make it 2-1. Cardinal hurler Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) made the lead stand up for the Red and White, allowing just two hits on the evening in seven innings while fanning a career-high 11 hitters. With the victory, Nyberg improves her overall mark to 4-0 on the season and has now struck out 27 in 23.2 innings of work.

The Cardinal was able to generate enough offense in its second game against Cal State Northridge, topping the Matadors 4-2. Freshman Leah Nelson's (Oakland, Calif.) RBI single in the bottom of the second plated pinch runner Heather Shook (Whittier, Calif.) to give Stanford a 1-0 advantage. Fellow freshman Meghan Sickler (Houston, Texas), making her first career start, doubled to left and drove in two runs later in the inning to give the Cardinal a 3-0 cushion.

Stanford would tack on an insurance run in the home half of the fifth on a Beeson RBI single. CSU Northridge broke through with two runs in the top of the seventh to round out the scoring.

Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) went the route for her second win of the year.

Stanford resumes play tomorrow with a game against Utah State at 10:30 a.m., then concludes the day with a contest against host San Diego State at 6 p.m.

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