No. 15 Softball Hosts Pacific and San Jose State This Weekend
Feb. 6, 2001
This Week: The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team (3-0,0-0 Pac-10) host Pacific (2-0) this Saturday at noon in a doubleheader at the Stanford Softball Complex. The Cardinal then take on San Jose State (1-4) on Sunday at noon for another doubleheader.
Last Week: Stanford opened the 2001 season with a 4-0 win over San Francisco State before sweeping a doubleheader with Santa Clara the next day. Third baseman Jenni Schideler went 5-for-7 on the weekend with two doubles. Centerfielder Jessica Mendoza notched six RBI while transfer Jessica Draemel swiped two bases. The Cardinal outscored its opponents 19-1 over three games while hitting .373 a s a team. Freshman catcher Michelle Thiry hit her first collegiate homerun on Sunday vs. Santa Clara. Stanford went 5-of-6 in stolen bases for the weekend.
About the Tigers: Pacific enters this weekend's games with a 2-0 record ... they are coached by Brian Kolze (ninth season) ... Barbara Moody leads the squad with a .600 average - she went 3-for-5 last weekend vs. Santa Clara ... UOP outscored SCU 10-0 in two games ... pitcher Jennifer Dacre and Cindy Ball have combined to pitch 12 consecutive scoreless innings for the Tigers ... the UOP pitching staff has only allowed one hit this season ... as a team, Pacific is hitting at a .239 clip this season while holding their opponents to a .026 average at the plate ... last year, Stanford defeated Pacific, 6-0 and 2-1 in a doubleheader in Stockton, Calif.
About the Spartans: San Jose State enters this weekend's games with a 1-4 overall record ... they are coached by Dee Dee Enabenter (1st year) ... the team is led by Becca Baldridge who is hitting at a .333 clip through five games ... Baldridge also leads the squad with two stolen bases ... Christine Akin leads the pitching staff with a 0.64 ERA and a 1-2 record ... Sabrina Quintero leads the staff with 15 strikeouts on the year ... SJSU has been outscored by its opponents 11-1 this season ... last year, Stanford defeated the Spartans, 5-1 and 12-1 in a doubleheader at SJSU.
Rankings Review: Stanford begins the 2001 season ranked 15th in the preseason NFCA Coaches poll. The Cardinal has appeared in the top 25 of every regular-season poll since early in the 1998 season, reaching a high of No. 7 during 1999. Stanford peaked at No. 8 in 2000. Pac-10 teams hold three of the top four spots in the 2001 preseason poll, and six of the top 15. All eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 20. This season Stanford is scheduled to play seven of the top 10 teams in the poll and 12 of the top 25. The Cardinal will play at least 24 games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally this season.
Notes from Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .125 average at the plate and sport a 0.37 ERA ... Cardinal pitchers have combined to throw 11 consecutive scoreless innings ... three Stanford pitchers have yet to give up a run (Forman-Lau, Nyberg and LeCocq) ... two pitchers have yet to walk an opponent batter (LeCocq and Sorensen).
Freshmen Catchers Make Good First Impression: Both of the Cardinal's freshmen catchers got off to a good start in their first collegiate games last weekend. Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, Tx.) went 3-for-3 with a double in three games played while fellow frosh Michelle Thiry (Renton, Wash.) went 2-for-5 with her first collegiate homerun (a two-run shot to leftcenterfield).
Mendoza Milestones: Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza should continue her assault on the Stanford record book in 2001. The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year, ranks third in career hits on the farm with 179. She needs 16 hits to catch Michelle Schneider (1996-99) who ranks second with 195 and 40 to surpass the leader, Kellie Wiginton (1997-00), who checks in with 218. Mendoza is second in career doubles with 34 and needs only two to take over the top spot, currently held by Michelle Schneider who has 35. Her 98 career runs scored ranks third at Stanford behind Schneider (113) and Wiginton (135). Mendoza, a two-time first-team All-American, already hold four Cardinal career records (batting average, home runs, RBI and stolen bases).
Beeson Climbs the Charts: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson is also on the fast track on Stanford's career charts. The 2000 second-team All-American ranks fourth in career doubles with 33 (two behind leader, Michelle Schneider) and second in career homeruns with 10. She also checks in at No. 2 in career RBI with 91 (13 off the pace set by leader Jessica Mendoza). Beeson is second in career putouts with 1092 and needs 48 to catch leader, Kellie Wiginton.
Sorensen Picks Up Win Against Santa Clara: After a stellar freshman campaign, sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen hopes to pick up where she left off last season. The 2000 second-team All-American, led the team in wins (22), strikeouts (164), ERA (1.06), complete games (16) and innings pitched (211.2). She ranks fourth in career innings pitched (215.2) and third in career strikeouts (169) and career wins (23). On Sunday, Sorensen pitched four solid innings, allowing only three hits and one run to pick up her first win on the season as Stanford defeated SCU, 12-1.
2000 Recap: The Cardinal ended the season with a 45-18 record. The 45 wins in 2000 set a new singles-season record, breaking the 1998 record of 41 victories. Stanford set the record with a 2-1 victory at Oregon on May 5. Stanford has won 40 or more games for three consecutive seasons and more than 30 in four seasons under head coach John Rittman. Outfielder Jessica Mendoza became the first Cardinal to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year while earning All-America honors for the second straight year. Sarah Beeson and Dana Sorensen were named second-team All-Americans as well. Stanford made its third consecutive postseason appearance in 2000, traveling to Ann Arbor, Michigan as the No. 1 seed. But the Cardinal would take two tough losses to Central Michigan (2-1) and host, Michigan (5-4) to end the season.
Up Next: Stanford hits the road for Poway, Calif. and the Campbell/Cartier Classic, Feb. 15-18. The Cardinal are scheduled to open tourney play with Michigan on Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.
Pack Your Bags: The 2001 Stanford Cardinal will compete in four tournaments this season including the NFCA Leadoff Classic (Columbus, Ga.), the Speedline Invitational (Tampa, Fla.), the Campbell/Cartier Classic (Poway, Calif.) a nd the Utah Invitational (St. George, Utah). From mid-February to mid-March, the Cardinal will not play at home and will log quite a few miles traveling from one coast to the other.
Keep An Eye On...: Jenni Shideler ranks second in career stolen bases at Stanford with 19 and third in career homeruns with nine ...she is fourth in career putouts with 644 ... Kira Ching and teammate Jessica Mendoza are tied for third in career triples with three a piece.
Cardinal Record When ...Day Game: 3-0Night Game: 0-07 inning game: 2-06 inning game: 0-05 inning game: 1-0extra inning game: 0-0one-run game: 0-0Stanford Scores first: 2-0Opponent Scores first: 1-0Stanford leads going into last inning: 3-0Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-0Score tied going into last inning: 0-0Game one of doubleheader: 1-0Game two of doubleheader: 1-0vs. ranked opponents: 0-0vs. unranked opponents: 3-0Last five games: 3-0Last 10 games: 0-0
2001 Pac-10 PreseasonCoaches Poll
Team Pts1. Arizona (4) 46 UCLA (4) 463. Arizona State 344. Washington 275. Stanford 256. California 207. Oregon State 178. Oregon 9