Stanford Travels To Sacramento State On Wednesday

April 1, 2003

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Going Up To Sacramento ...
After facing the nation's top two teams last weekend, the Stanford softball team will get a break from Pac-10 Conference play when they travel up to Sacramento to face Sacramento State in a doubleheader that begins at 1 p.m. The Cardinal, now 26-11 overall, are coming off a 4-0 upset over then-No. 2 Washington on Sunday. Last year Stanford took two games from the Hornets in a midweek doubleheader at Smith Family Stadium.

Scouting The Opponent ...
Sacramento State stands at 20-14 and have won three of its last four games. Last weekend the Hornets spilt a doubleheader at Nevada, winning the first game 6-1 and dropping the nightcap 3-0. Lindy Winkler heads the Sacramento offense with a .333 batting average, while Erin Coyne and Jillian Bivert have contributed 24 and 22 RBI, respectively. Bivert has also hit a team-leading six home runs. Brianne Freguson and Nicole Deatherage both support an 8-6 record in the circle for the Hornets. Kathy Strahan is in her 11th season at the helm of the Sacramento State softball program. Stanford holds a 12-4 series record on the Hornets, getting two wins last year 3-0 and 7-1 at The Farm.

National Rankings ...
The Cardinal dropped one spot from last week's rankings and stand at No. 13 in the USA Today/NFCA Division I Top-25 Poll released April 1. Oregon State dropped out of the poll but the rest of the Pac-10 teams are featured in the rankings, including the top three teams, led by top-ranked UCLA. Arizona stands at No. 2, Washington No. 3 and defending national champion California is ranked seventh. No. 12 Arizona State is followed by 13th-ranked Stanford and No. 21 Oregon.

Recapping Last Weekend ...
Stanford suffered a 5-0 loss to top-ranked and visiting UCLA last Friday night in both team's Pac-10 season openers. The Bruins recorded four home runs and Stanford could only manage one base runner against UCLA starter Keira Goerl. Dana Sorensen took the loss, despite fanning 12 Bruin batters. Things did not get any easier as Stanford took a 6-0 loss to Washington on Saturday night. The Huskies got three runs in the third, but the Cardinal showed promise in the bottom of the inning. Lauren Lappin and Cassi Brangham recorded back-to-back singles to start the bottom of the inning, while Kira Ching reached on an error to load the bases. However Stanford could not score a run, stranding all three runners on base. Tori Nyberg took her fifth loss of the season, striking out four, to stand at 12-5. Lappin finished with two of the Cardinal's four hits, to led Stanford offensively. Sorensen fanned 11 batters en route to her second no-hitter of the year and eight different Cardinal recorded hits as Stanford upset Washington 4-0 on 'Strikeout Cancer Day' on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal erupted for three runs in the third. With one out and the bases loaded, Leah Nelson was hit by a Tia Bollinger pitch that scored Brangham. Meghan Sickler then delivered a pinch-hit double to left field plating Jessica Allister and Maureen LeCocq for the 3-0 Stanford lead. Leah Nelson added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth on a solo shot to center field. The hit marked Nelson's first home run of the season and a 4-0 Cardinal advantage. With the win, Sorensen moves to 11-4 on the year, and has her second no-hitter of the 2003 season.

'LL' Making Her Mark ...
Freshman Lauren Lappin has had a huge impact in only her first 32 games as a collegiate softball player. Lappin leads the team with a .337 batting average, recording her first hit as a Cardinal against Massachusetts on Feb. 7. Stanford's hitter has also tallied 15 runs, four doubles, eight RBI and holds a .411 on-base percentage. Lappin hit her first career home run against North Carolina at the NFCA Leadoff Classic, a solo shot over the left field fence.

Nyberg Standing Tall ...
At 5-11, senior pitcher Tori Nyberg has registered 20 starts and has 12 victories to her name in 2003. Nyberg has a 1.59 ERA, 24 earned runs in 105.1 innings of work. The Belmont, Calif., native has fanned 90 batters and held opponents to a .214 average. At the Stanford Classic, Nyberg fanned a season-high 10 batters against Texas A&M. Last season, Nyberg was Stanford's ace in the circle recording a 26-11 mark with a 1.51 ERA in her first full season as a starter.

Look Who's Back ...
After missing last season due to a knee injury, junior two-time All-American Dana Sorensen saw her first action in more than a year at the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament. Sorensen pitched the final inning against UNLV, striking out two batters in her first appearance in 2003. On Feb. 14, Sorensen recorded her first start since Feb. 2, 2002 against Penn State. The San Diego, Calif., native went the distance, striking out eight and allowing only three hits in Stanford's 2-1 win over the Nittany Lions. At the Stanford Classic, she threw her first career no-hitter against No. 12 Georgia (2/28) and fanned 15 batters. She also had a huge weekend at the Speedline Invitational, striking out 55 in 29 innings, including a one-hit 14 k's in the team's upset of Washington (3-1) and earned the tournament's Most Valuable Pitcher honor. Last weekend against the Huskies (3/30) she recorded her second no-hitter of the year, finishing with 11 strikeouts. Sorensen is now 11-4 on the year, holding a team-low 0.86 ERA, and has struck out 178 batters in 105.2 innings of work. Thus far in the season, Sorensen has nine double-digit strikeout performances.

Upperclassmen Stepping It Up ...
Stanford's senior and junior class of Jessica Allister, Cassi Brangham, Kira Ching and Maureen LeCocq are the heart of the team's lineup. All together, they have recorded 69 of the squad's 123 RBI this season. They also have 11 of the team's 16 home runs and 27 of the 49 doubles. Allister and Brangham lead the team with 23 RBI, while Allister has five home runs. Ching also has a team-leading 10 doubles to her name.

Morris On A Tear ...
Freshman Catalina Morris has quietly become one of Stanford's leading hitters this season. The Sonoita, Ariz., native is second on the team with a .324 average and has four doubles, two home runs and 15 RBI to her credit. She has also delivered in the clutch, going 4-for-9 when a runner is on third base. Morris also has two game-winning hits thus far in her young career and leads the team with 10 stolen bases. She posted a team-best seven-game hitting streak from Feb. 14-22, and on the season has hit safely in 22 of Stanford's 37 games.

Nelson's Breaking Out ...
Sophomore Leah Nelson came through as a designated player last weekend, going 2-for-4 in two contests. Against Washington on Saturday, Nelson recorded her second double of the season and the following day smashed a solo home run (her first of the year) to help the Cardinal defeat the Huskies. On the season the Oakland, Calif., native is hitting .227 with five RBI.

Welcome To The Farm ...
Stanford has a solid freshmen class of four players coming in this season. Infielder Megan Bordelon (Laguna Niguel, CA), shortstop Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA), outfielder Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) and pitcher Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) will all see their first action in the Cardinal and White this spring. Stanford also welcomes sophomore outfielder Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO), who joins the squad after running for the Cardinal cross country team in 2000.

The Rittman File ...
John Rittman begins his seventh season at the helm of the Stanford women's softball program after being named head coach on July 12, 1996. Rittman's 2002 squad finished 44-20 overall and earned a sixth place finish in the Pac-10 at 7-14. The 2001 season was the most impressive campaign under Rittman's tenure, as the Cardinal finished with its best single-season overall record at 56-16-1. Rittman, the 2001 Pac-10 Co-Coach of the Year, picked up his 250th career victory in Stanford's 9-1 win over Arizona State on May 3, 2002 and has accumulated a 254-120-1 overall mark while with the Cardinal. Prior to being named head coach at Stanford, Rittman spent four seasons as the assistant coach at Washington.

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