No. 8 Softball Splits Season-Ending Twinbill With Oregon

May 11, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 8 Stanford (43-18, 7-14 Pac-10) split a doubleheader with Oregon (24-30, 2-19 Pac-10) on Saturday afternoon at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium, with the Cardinal ambushing the Ducks for a 10-1, five-inning victory in the first game before Oregon bounced back to notch a 4-0 shutout in the nightcap.

Senior Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) belted her sixth home run of the season in the bottom of the first, a two-out solo shot to give Stanford an early 1-0 lead in the first game.

The Cardinal struck for three more runs in the bottom of the second, capitalizing on the first of three Oregon errors. Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, Texas) doubled to open the inning and moved to third after Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.) and Jessica Draemel (Omaha, Neb.) drew walks. Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) then lifted a sacrifice fly to right to bring home pinch runner Heather Shook (Whittier, Calif.) to make it 2-0. The next batter, Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.), hit a fly ball to left field that was mishandled by Oregon outfielder Kristi Haij, allowing Nelson and Draemel to score for a 4-0 lead.

The Ducks charged back with a run in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1, courtesy of Andrea Vidlund's solo home run.

However, the Cardinal stormed back with six runs in the fifth inning to earn the mercy-rule victory. Beeson singled up the middle and moved to second when Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) reached base safely on an infielder's error. After Cassi Brangham (Clovis, Calif.) walked to load the bases, Oregon centerfielder Amber Hutchison failed to make a play on Allister's fly ball allowing Beeson and Ching to score for a 6-1 lead. One hitter later, Meghan Sickler (Houston, Texas) plated Brangham with a fielder's choice for the seventh run. Walker capped the scoring with a three-run homer to left field, scoring Sickler and Allister for a 10-1 Cardinal win.

Starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) picked up her 25th win, allowing three hits in five innings with two strikeouts.

In game two, Oregon hurler Connie McMurren held the Cardinal offense in check.McMurren allowed just four hits over seven innings along with two strikeouts for the win.The Ducks broke through with a run in the top of the second, as Lakeesha Everseley came around to score on Rachel Tommasini's sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

Oregon tallied an additional run in the fifth inning when Everseley's RBI single plated Lindsay Haij to increase the Duck's advantage to 2-0.

In the seventh, Oregon registered two more runs on Mari Lyn Petrick's two-run double to center to round out the scoring.

Stanford managed just four hits in the nightcap, as Mendoza, Beeson, Brangham and Allister all chipped in with singles.

Junior hurler Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) suffered the tough-luck loss, allowing four runs in seven innings with three strikeouts.

The Cardinal will learn its postseason status tomorrow evening when the NCAA announces its 48-team field. The selection show can be viewed on ESPNEWS at 6 p.m.

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