No. 3 Softball Downs UC Santa Barbara 10-3 At Red Desert Classic

March 2, 2002

ST. GEORGE, Utah - No. 3 Stanford (17-2) continued its hot hitting against UC Santa Barbara (10-15) in the second game on Saturday afternoon at the Red Desert Classic, coasting past the Gauchos 10-3 at the Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah, despite committing five errors.

The Cardinal notched 14 hits in the win, extending its current winning streak to six games and improving to 4-0 at this year's Red Desert Classic- where the Cardinal are 13-0 overall. The top four Cardinal batters in the lineup were a combined 8-15 with six runs scored and seven RBI.

The Cardinal took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, when Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) came around to score on Sarah Beeson's (Tucson, Ari.) first double of the game.

UC Santa Barbara answered with three runs in the top of the second, scoring its first run on an error. The Gauchos would take a 3-1 lead in the contest when Chantal Pershing drove in two runs with an RBI single with two outs.

Stanford took the lead for good in the bottom of the third inning, scoring three runs on three hits. Senior Robin Walker (La Palma) came across to score the first run of the inning when Mendoza reached base safely on an error. The Cardinal then took a 4-3 lead after receiving RBI doubles from Beeson and Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.).

The Cardinal tacked on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, as Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, Calif.) crossed the plate on Walker's double to left field to give Stanford a 5-3 advantage. After Beeson struck out, Ching stroked a double to center field to plate Walker and Mendoza, making it 7-3.

After Jessica Draemel (Omaha, Neb.) and Cassie Brangham (Clovis, Calif.) singled to open the fifth inning, freshman Leah Nelson (Oakland, Wash.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases with none out. Bendig followed with an RBI single to bring home Draemel to make it 8-3, but UCSB hurler Loren Thornburg retired three straight Cardinal hitters to end the threat. Brangham blasted a two-run home run to right center with two outs in the sixth to complete the Cardinal scoring, her first of the season.

Stanford starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) reached double digit wins on the year (10) with the win, allowing five hits and striking out five Gaucho batters.Stanford will square off against host Utah at 11 a.m. in tomorrow's only scheduled game.

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