Stanford Hosts SJSU Tonight Before Taking On UCLA and Washington

April 6, 2005

Cardinal Hosts San Jose State, UCLA And Washington On The Farm: The eighth-ranked Stanford softball team (25-7, 1-2 Pac-10), host UCLA and Washington this weekend in continued conference action. They will also host San Jose State (25-16) on Wednesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in a non-conference tilt. The Cardinal take on No. 12 ULCA (26-2) at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Games against No. 20 Washington (25-7) will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, April 10 at 1 p.m. as well.

Last Week: The Cardinal 1-2 to open Pac-10 play on the road last weekend in Arizona ... Stanford fell to the Wildcats, 4-2 then split with the Sun Devils, winning 2-1 and dropping a 2-0 contest ... Leah Nelson hit .500 for the weekend (4-for-8) while Lauren Lappin notched a .444 batting average (4-for-9) with a run scored ... In the circle, Becky McCullough went 1-1 with a 1.29 ERA over 16.1 innings of work.

About UCLA: The Bruins (19-9) are coached by Sue Enquist ... They are led by Andrea Duran (.372, 32 H, 16 RBI) and Emily Zaplatosch (.329, 28 H, 16 RBI) ... In the circle, Angelica Selden leads the staff (11-5, 0.37 ERA, 233 K's) while Lisa Dodd (6-4, 2.16 ERA, 30K's) is right behind her ... UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford 31-7 ... Last season, the Cardinal swept the three-game series, winning 7-0 and 4-0 in Stanford and 7-6 in Tempe ... The Bruins are hitting .280 on the year with a 0.96 team ERA and .966 fielding percentage.

About Washington: The Huskies (17-11) are coached by Heather Tarr ... They are led by Ashley Charters (.447, 38 H, 34 R) and Kristen Rivera (.397, 25 H, 28 RBI) ... In the circle, Caitlin Noble leads the staff (6-4, 2.17 ERA, 142 K's) while Ashley Boek (11-7, 2.65 ERA, 107 K's) is right behind her ... Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford 24-13 ... Last season, the Cardinal won one of three in the series, winning 1-0 in Los Angeles and falling 6-2 and 7-1 in Stanford ... The Huskies are hitting .278 on the year with a 2.42 team ERA and .947 fielding percentage.

About San Jose State: The Spartans (25-16) are coached by Dee Dee Enabenter-Omidiji ... They are led by Elisa Barrios (.381, 51 H, 28 RBI) and Courtney Lewis (.374, 52 H, 13 RBI) ... In the circle, Carol Forbes leads the staff (15-12, 1.35 ERA, 138 K's) while Courtney Lewis (3-1, 1.41 ERA, 33 K's) is right behind her ... Stanford leads the all-time series with SJSU 14-10 ... Last season, the Cardinal beat the Spartans twice, winning 8-0 and 2-0 in Stanford ... San Jose State is hitting .284 on the year with a 1.54 team ERA and .962 fielding percentage.

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 10 homeruns in 32 games played. Junior Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) is right behind her with nine homeruns on the season. The Cardinal have 40 homeruns so far in 2005 - that ranks third for a single season on The Farm.

Cardinal Hit Parade: Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) and Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) lead the team with 34 and 35 hits respectively. Lappin leads the squad with 32 runs scored while Nelson has tallied 22 to date. Michelle Smith checks in with 29 hits in 32 games and leads the team with 25 RBI on the year. Catalina Morris is second with 24.

Up Next: The Cardinal travel to the Pacific Northwest for matchups against the Oregon schools. Stanford takes on Oregon State on Friday, April 15 at 3 p.m. then go to Eugene to face Oregon at 1 p.m. on the 16th and 17th.

Notes From The Dugout: Leah Nelson leads the team with 12 mulit-hit games ... Michelle Smith leads the squad with 10 multi-RBI contests ... Catalina Morris has recorded the longest hitting streak of the season (10 games) ... Stanford recorded a season-high 19 hits against DePaul (2/12) earlier this year ... Cardinal pitchers have thrown six one-hitters in 2005 ... Nelson is on a five-game hitting streak heading into the SJSU game.

This and That: Stanford's longest winning streak of the season was a 14 game stretch (from 2/12 to 3/5) ... They are currently on a one-game losing streak ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponents, 192-60 this year ... The Cardinal have posted 12 shutouts this year ... Stanford has scored 10 or more runs four times in 2005 ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponent in every inning except the seventh ... Stanford is 21-1 when they outhit their opponents.

Catalina Morris Watch: Senior centerfielder Catalina Morris can be found multiple times on the Cardinal career record lists. Morris' 12 career triples to date is a school record. Her 23 career homeruns ranks fifth and she needs just one to tie for fourth (Kira Ching, 2000-03) with 24. With 154 career hits, Morris has entered the top 10 on The Farm.

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.

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