No. 16 Cardinal Completes Sweep Over Santa Clara

April 22, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - The 16th-ranked Stanford women's softball team got solid performances from pitchers Dana Sorensen and Tori Nyberg to complete a two-game sweep over Santa Clara this evening in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal won game one, 2-1, and recorded a 9-0 shutout in game two.

Stanford got all of the offense they would need in the first inning in game one as centerfielder Cataline Morris got things started with a solo homerun down the leftfield line. After shortstop Lauren Lappin bunted for a base hit, leftfielder Cassi Brangham roped a double to center to move Lappin to third. Kira Ching would hit a sacrifice fly to leftfield, scoring Lappin.

Morris went 2-for-2 on the night with an RBI for the Cardinal.

Pitcher Dana Sorensen (16-7) would pitch seven strong innings, allowing only four hits and one unearned run while striking out eight on the evening. Santa Clara's Jaime Forman-Lau took the loss for the Broncos, allowing four hits and two runs over six innings.

Game two saw Stanford notch 12 hits and nine runs in a five inning game. In the first inning, the Cardinal scored a single run as Broncos pitcher Liz Courter walked in lead-off hitter Catalina Morris to put Stanford on the board.

The Cardinal experienced an offensive outpouring in the bottom of third scoring eight runs. During the inning, Stanford recorded five consecutive hits at one point and almost batted through the order twice. Cassie Brangham recorded two hits, two runs and an RBI during the inning.

Brangham went 3-for-3 for the game with two runs scored while Maureen LeCocq and Meghan Sickler each added two hits. Catalina Morris notched two runs and an RBI for Stanford as well.

Stanford pitcher Tori Nyberg (14-8) pitched a five-inning, two-hit shutout while striking out eight batters and walking none. Santa Clara pitcher Liz Courter took the loss, lasting only 2.1 innings, allowing 10 hits and nine runs.

With the wins, Stanford improves to 34-18 on the year.

The Cardinal are back in action this weekend taking on Washington (4/25) and UCLA (4/26-27) in continued conference action.

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