No. 2 Softball Splits Doubleheader With BYU

March 23, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - The No. 2-ranked Stanford softball team split a doubleheader with BYU today at the Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal won the first game 6-3 and dropped the second, 5-4.

Stanford is now 27-3 on the year while the Cougars are 19-11.

In the first game, the Cardinal jumped on the board early as lead-off hitter Robin Walker doubled to open the game. Centerfielder Jessica Mendoza then hit her eigth homerun of the season to give Stanford the 2-0 lead. BYU would take the lead in the fourth inning when they went ahead, 3-2. The Cardinal regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth as both Mendoza and Sarah Beeson scored.

Stanford would put up two more in the fifth inning with RBI singles by Beeson and Kira Ching. Tori Nyberg picked up her 17th win in the circle for the Cardinal, going seven innings, with three hits and five strikeouts. Cynthia Fallowfield took the loss for BYU, allowing six runs in five innings pitched.

In the second game, Stanford once again took the early lead, scoring two in the bottom of the first. A two-out RBI double by catcher Jessica Allister, drove in Walker and Ching to put the Cardinal on the board. BYU would tie the game in the top of the fourth inning. Stanford went up by a run in the bottom of the fifth as Walker scored on a Cougar error. An RBI single by Maureen LeCocq in the bottom of the sixth to go up 4-3. However, BYU would answer in the top of the seventh as third baseman Oli Keohohou hit a three-run homer to give the Cougars the 5-4 lead and eventually thewin.

LeCocq (9-2) took the loss for Stanford, going seven innings, allowing eight hits, five runs with three strikeouts. Ariel Capra (6-2) picked up the win for BYU, pitching a complete game, scattering eight hits and allowing four runs.

Stanford is next in action on Friday, March 29 when they open Pac-10 conference play at California at 2 p.m.

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