No. 3 Cardinal Prepare For Worth Invitational

March 2, 2005

Cardinal Prepare For Worth Invitational: The third-ranked Stanford softball team (16-1, 0-0 Pac-10), hit the road this weekend for the Worth Invitational, March 4-6, in Fullerton, Calif. Joining the Cardinal will be host-CS Fullerton, Northwestern, Minnesota, Nevada and Boston College. Stanford will open with Nevada on Friday, March 4, at 11:15 a.m.

Lauren Lappin Tabbed Pac-10 Player Of The Week: Junior shortstop Lauren Lappin has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Softball Player of the Week. Lappin, from Anaheim, Calif., helped the Stanford softball team to a 5-0 record and tournament championship at the Stanford Invitational last weekend. She hit .462 (6-of-13) with seven runs scored, six RBI and two stolen bases in victories over UC Davis, Texas Tech, Auburn, Alabama-Birmingham and Sacramento State. Lappin was perfect in the field, with seven putouts and eight assists. She also drew two walks (no strikeouts) and hit a sacrifice fly. Among the starters, Lappin leads the team this year with a .458 batting average, 22 hits, 23 runs scored and five stolen bases.

About Nevada: The Wolf Pack (5-8) are coached by Michelle Gardner who is in her third season at the helm of the program ... They are led by Kaycee Wilcks (.310, 9 H, 2 RBI) and Candice Rainwater (.308, 12 H, 4 RBI) ... In the circle, Jordan McPherson is 1-1 with a 1.02 ERA and 18 K's while Rainwater is 3-2 with a 1.79 ERA and 9 K's ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

About Northwestern: The Wildcats (11-4) are coached by Kate Drohan, who is in her fourth year at the helm ... NU is led by Garland Cooper (.390, 16 H, 11 RBI) and Stephanie Churchwell (.365, 19 H, 12 RBI) ... In the circle for the 'Cats will be Eileen Canney (6-2, 1.14 ERA, 62 K's) along with Courtnay Foster (5-2, 1.41 ERA, 73 K's) ... Stanford and Northwestern have only met two times before 2005, splitting those meetings ... Last year, the Wildcats won, 4-2, at the Palm Springs Classic.

About Minnesota: The Golden Gophers (9-6) are coached by co-head coaches Lisa Bernstein and Julie Standering ... The team is led by Stephanie Sward (.412, 21 H, 3 RBI) and Megan Higginbotham (.325, 13 H, 8 RBI) ... In the circle, Minnesota is led by Katie Dalen (2-1, 1.30 ERA, 29 K's) and Lyn Peyer (4-3, 1.54 ERA, 46 K's) ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

About CS Fullerton: The Titans (4-5) are coached by Michelle Gromacki, who is in her sixth season at the helm of the program ... The team is led by Lindsey Bashor (.440, 11 H, 6 RBI) and Ashley Van Boxmeer (.417, 10 H, 6 RBI) ... In the circle, the Titans are led by Candice Baker (3-1, 1.93 ERA, 19 K's) and Marissa Marzan (1-3, 3.00 ERA, 9 K's) ... Stanford holds a 10-3 advantage in the all-time series with CS Fullerton ... Last year, the Cardinal defeated the Titans, 9-0 (six innings).

Last Week: The Cardinal won the Stanford Invitational, going 5-0. Stanford posted wins over UC Davis (W, 8-0), Texas Tech (W, 8-4) Auburn (W, 9-0) and Sacramento State (W, 6-1). Lauren Lappin hit .462 with six RBI and seven runs scored while Meghan Sickler knocked in six. Tricia Aggabao also collected five RBI. Lauren Nydam and Laura Severson each picked up two wins in the circle.

Stanford Digs The Long Ball: Freshman Michelle Smith (Agoura Hills, CA) has started off 2005 with a bang. The third baseman has hit a team-leading seven homeruns in 17 games played. Junior Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) is right behind her with six homeruns on the season. The Cardinal have 24 homeruns so far in 2005 - that ranks seventh for a single season on The Farm.

Cardinal Hit Parade: Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) and Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) lead the team with 22 and 19 hits respectively. Lappin, who is hitting at a .458 clip, is tied for first in the league in hits while Nelson, batting .413, is fifth. Catalina Morris (Senoita, AZ) and freshman Michelle Smith (Agoura Hills, CA) each have 18 hits and are tied for sixth in the Pac-10.

Another Solid Weekend For Nydam In The Circle: Lauren Nydam, a freshman pitcher from La Canada, Calif., picked up two more wins this weekend at the Stanford Invitational to make her 5-0 on the year. She made three appearances at the invite with a 0.78 ERA. She pitched 9.0 innings, allowing eight hits and only one earned run. Nydam recorded wins over UC Davis and Alabama-Birmingham. For the year, she sports a 0.57 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched while holding opponent batters to a .174 average at the plate.

Stanford Picked Fourth In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll: California has been selected by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches as the Conference's top team in 2005. The Bears received 44 points, including three first place votes. Just one point behind, Arizona tabbed second place with 43 points, while UCLA was picked third with 42 points. Stanford finished fourth with 30 points, while Oregon and Washington finished fifth and sixth with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Rounding out the rest of the poll was Oregon State with 12 points and Arizona State with 10 points.

Lappin and Rinehart On Player Of The Year Watch List: The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today its initial watch list for the 4th annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Junior shortstop Lauren Lappin and sophomore outfielder Jackie Rinehart are among those on the list. The watch list is comprised of 40 players that represent 23 colleges and 10 different Conferences. A list of 25 finalists will be announced on April 5.

Head Coach John Rittman: Cardinal head coach John Rittman, now in his ninth year on The Farm, was named the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to its best Pac-10 finish in school history in '04 as they tied for second. He was an assistant coach for the 2004 USA Softball team, that brought home a gold medal in the Athens Summer Olympics. Rittman has compiled a 361-166-1 overall record at Stanford. He has led the Cardinal to seven consecutive NCAA postseason appearances (including two CWS stints) during his tenure and seven consecutive 40 win seasons.

Up Next: The Cardinal have a week off before hosting the Stanford Round Robin, Match 19-20 at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Joining Stanford will Princeton and Utah.

This and That: Stanford is currently sporting an 13-game winning streak heading into this weekend ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponents, 133-27 this year ... The Cardinal have posted seven shutouts this year ... Stanford has scored 10 or more runs three times in 2005.

Notes From The Dugout: Leah Nelson leads the team with seven mulit-hit games ... Michelle Smith leads the squad with seven multi-RBI contests ... Smith is on a three-game hitting streak heading into this weekends games ... Catalina Morris, Jackie Rinehart and Lauren Lappin have hit 1-2-3 in the batting order for every game this season.™

Cardinal Record When ...

Day Game: 11-1
Night Game: 5-0
7 inning game: 9-1
6 inning game: 0-0
5 inning game: 7-0
Extra inning game: 0-0
One-run game: 2-1
Stanford Scores first: 13-0
Opponent Scores first: 3-1
Stanford leads going into last inning: 16-0
Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-0
Score tied going into last inning: 0-1
Game one of doubleheader: 0-0
Game two of doubleheader: 0-0
Vs. ranked opponents: 1-0
Vs. unranked opponents: 15-1
Last five games: 5-0
Last 10 games: 10-0

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