No. 3 Softball Improves To 4-0 At Speedline Invitational

March 8, 2002

PLANT CITY, Fla. - The Cardinal opened competition on the second day of the Speedline Invitational with an 11-2 six-inning victory over Hofstra on Friday. Stanford scored in every inning but the third and totaled 10 hits in the triumph over the Pride.

Stanford (22-2) continued its first-inning scoring trend when it struck for four runs in the visitor's half of the opening frame. Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) led off with a walk, stole second and came around to score the first run of the game when Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ari.) singled. Kira Ching's (San Lorenzo, Calif.) RBI single brought home Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) to make it 2-0, and Beeson would then come around to score when Jessica Allister (Nacagdoches, Texas) reached on an error. The Cardinal, which has scored in the first inning of its last seven games, made it 4-0 when Ching scored on Maureen LeCocq's (Woodland Hills, Calif.) fielder's choice.

Beeson's solo home run to center- her third of the year- in the top of the second increased Stanford's lead to 5-0. The Cardinal tacked on another run in the fourth when Meghan Sickler (Houston, Texas)- pinch running for Ching, who doubled with one out, came around to score on Allister's fielder's choice.

Freshman Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.) blasted a two-run home run in the fifth inning- the first of her collegiate career- for an 8-0 Cardinal lead.

The Pride (0-10) avoided an eight-run rule defeat when Meaghan Almon's two-run home run cut the lead to 8-2 in the bottom of the fifth.

In the sixth inning, Stanford recorded three more runs to complete the 11-2 win. Beeson scored on a wild pitch to open the inning, before Cassi Brangham's (Clovis, Calif.) ground out brought home Allister for a 10-2 advantage. The Cardinal scored its final run of the contest when LeCocq came home on Nelson's RBI single.

Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) improved her overall record to 14-1 with the win, working all six innings while allowing just three hits and striking out seven.

Stanford continued its home run barrage in the nightcap against Georgia Southern, hitting three round-trippers in a 6-1 win over the Eagles.

Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when she belted a solo home run- her fifth of the year- to right field.

Two innings later, Mendoza doubled and came around to score on Sarah Beeson's (Tucson, Ari.) RBI single for Stanford's second run of the contest.

The Eagles (5-17) sliced the Stanford lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth, as Suzanne Pansulla notched the third single of the inning and drove in Meghan Correia.

Robin Walker's (La Palma, Calif.) two-out double in the bottom of the fourth drove in Jessica Draemel (Omaha, Neb.), who drew a walk to reach base, to extend Stanford's lead to 3-1.

Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) increased the Cardinal lead to 4-1 with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth.

The Cardinal struck for two more runs in the sixth when Walker hit Stanford's third home run of the game, a two-run bomb to left field for a 6-1 edge.

Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was solid in the circle for the Card, working all seven innings, while limiting the Eagles to four hits and striking out four for the victory.

Stanford will face Penn State on Saturday at 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST as it closes out pool play. Bracket play begins with first round contests scheduled for the afternoon.

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