No. 5 Softball Hosts Oregon and No. 6 Oregon State

May 5, 2005

Cardinal Hosts Oregon Schools In Key Conference Match Ups: The fifth-ranked Stanford softball team (37-11, 10-5 Pac-10), hosts the Oregon schools this weekend at Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal take on Oregon (29-19, 5-10 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 6 and No. 6 Oregon State (38-10, 11-4 Pac-10) on Saturday, May 7 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, May 8 at 1 p.m.

Last Week: The Stanford softball team went 3-2 in five games last week ... They defeated St. Mary's, 7-0, in a mid-week non-conference game then fell to Washington, 6-4, on Friday ... The Cardinal then took 2-of-3 from UCLA (W, 7-5; L, 0-8; W, 5-3) to complete the week ... Catalina Morris hit .500 (7-for-14) with five runs scored while Michelle Smith went 6-for-16 (.375) with two homeruns and four RBI Becky McCullough picked up two wins against UCLA while Lauren Nydam recorded a win versus St. Mary's.

About Oregon: The Ducks (29-19, 5-10) are coached by Kathy Arendsen ... They are led by Breanne Sabol (.342, 41 H, 17 RBI) and Lovena Chaput (.338, 49 H, 27 R) ... In the circle, Amy Harris leads the staff (14-10, 1.16 ERA, 162 K's) while Alicia Cook (8-6, 2.18 ERA, 79 K's) is right behind her ... The all-time series between the Ducks and Cardinal is tied at 16 a piece ... Stanford defeated the Ducks, 9-5 and 17-7, earlier this season in Eugene ... Oregon is hitting .271 on the year with a 1.80 team ERA and .964 fielding percentage.

About Oregon State: The Beavers (38-10, 11-4) are coached by Kirk Walker ... They are led by Lisa Allen (.307, 39 H, 30 RBI) and Vanessa Iapala (.307, 42 H, 24 R) ... In the circle, Brianne McGowan leads the staff (31-5, 1.54 ERA, 263 K's) ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Stanford, 26-11, with the Cardinal winning an earlier meeting with the Beavers in Corvallis (W, 2-0) ... OSU is hitting .270 on the year with a 2.08 team ERA and .974 fielding percentage.

Up Next: The Cardinal close out the regular season with home match ups against Arizona State and Arizona. Stanford will host the Sun Devils on Thursday, May 12 and take on the Wildcats, Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

Smith Digs The Long Ball: Freshman Michelle Smith (Agoura Hills, CA) has 18 homeruns on the year, which breaks the previous single-season record of 14 held by former All-American and current USA Softball team member, Jessica Mendoza (2001 and 2002). Smith's 18 homers leads the Pac-10 and she ranks third in homeruns per game nationally. Her 50 RBI this season ranks fifth for a single season and needs just three more to move into a tie for fourth (Sarah Beeson, 2000, 53 RBI).

Notes From The Dugout: Catalina Morris leads the team with 16 mulit-hit games ... Michelle Smith leads the squad with 18 multi-RBI contests ... Jackie Rinehart has recorded the longest hitting streak of the season (11 games) ... Stanford recorded a season-high 19 hits against DePaul (2/12) earlier this year ... Cardinal pitchers have thrown six one-hitters in 2005 ... Catalina Morris is on an five-game hitting streak heading into the Oregon game ... Becky McCullough's 16 wins in the circle this season ties her for ninth for a single season on The Farm ... Stanford's 258 RBI in 2005 is the third most for a single season.

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 winning streak ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponents, 282-110 this year ... The Cardinal have posted 14 shutouts this year ... Stanford has scored 10 or more runs six times in 2005 ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponent in every inning except the 10th ... Stanford is 29-2 when they outhit their opponents ... Stanford's 59 homeruns this season is a Cardinal single-season record and is second in the conference in 2005 ... The Cardinal have scored 282 runs in 2005 - the fourth most for a single season ... Their 13 triples this year ties the single season record on The Farm as well (set last year in 2004).

Catalina Morris Watch: Senior centerfielder Catalina Morris (Senoita, AZ) can be found multiple times on the Cardinal career record lists. Morris' 12 career triples to date is a school record. Her 25 career homeruns ranks third and she needs just three more to tie for second (Sarah Beeson, 1999-2002) with 28. Her 11 homeruns this season ranks tied for seventh for a single season. With 177 career hits, Morris has entered the top 10 on The Farm (7th).

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.

ASA Announces Top 25 Candidates For Collegiate Softball Player of the Year: The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the 25 finalists 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 is among those on the list. On May 10, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 31 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2005 NCAA Women's College World Series.

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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