No. 15 Softball Travels To Campbell/Cartier Classic

Feb. 13, 2001

This Week: The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team (7-0,0-0 Pac-10) travel to Poway, Calif. for the Campbell/Cartier Classic, Feb. 15-18. The Cardinal will play six games in four days, including matchups against No. 11 Michigan and No. 22 Long Beach State.

Last Week: Stanford swept a pair of doubleheaders over the weekend to run their record to 7-0 on the season. On Saturday, the Cardinal posted two shutout victories over Pacific (W, 2-0, 4-0) at the Stanford Softball Complex. On Sunday, Stanford defeated San Jose State, 8-0 (five innings) and 7-2. Pitcher Dana Sorensen picked up two wins, allowing only two hits over 12 shutout innings. She had 22 strikeouts on the weekend.

Did You Know: Stanford current 7-0 winning streak to begin the season ties the school record set by last year's team, who also got off to a 7-0 start before losing to Michigan, 2-0 (8 innings) ... the Cardinal have posted five shutouts in seven games played this season ... last year, Stanford had 10 shutouts ... the school record for shutouts in a single season is 25 (1998).

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.

About Michigan: The Wolverines open the 2001 season this week at the Campbell/Cartier Classic ... They are coached by Carol Hutchins (17th season) ... Stanford went 0-2 vs. Michigan last season, including a loss to UM in the NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. (L, 5-4)

About New Mexico: The Lobos are 3-3 overall, 1-0 in conference ... they are led by Tiffani Chambers (.600-6-0) and Krissy Keene (.500-7-0) ... Kathy Moore leads the pitching staff with a 2-1 record and a 3.60 ERA ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.About Long Beach State: The 49ers have a 4-4 record heading into the tourney ... They are led by Jessica Smith (.304-7-0) and natalie Walker (.261-6-0) ... Lindsey Knoff leads the pitching staff with a 3-0 record and a 0.31 ERA ... Last year, Stanford defeated LBSU, 8-0 at this tournament.

About Utah State: Utah State enters the tourney with a 2-3 overall record ... They are led by Aimee Johnson (.333-3-0) and Heather Curtis (.273-3-0) ... Lisa Spencer leads the pitching staff with a 2-1 record and a 2.57 ERA ... Last year, Stanford defeated Utah State, 7-3, at the Utah Invitational.

About CSU-Northridge: The Matadors come in with a 2-2 overall record ... Christian Bedwell leads the team (.400-4-1) ... Tanya Ledesma leads the pitching staff with a 1-0 record and a 1.85 ERA ... The last time the two teams met was in 1998 when Stanford swept a doubleheader with CSU-Northridge (W, 2-0, 4-0).

Notes from Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .121 average at the plate and sport a 0.47 ERA ... over five games, the Cardinal pitchers combined to throw 30 consecutive scoreless innings and posted four consecutive shutouts ... two Stanford pitchers have yet to give up a run (Nyberg and LeCocq) ... the Cardinal hurlers have notched 50 Ks in 45.0 innings pitched while only walking nine.

Mendoza Milestones: Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza continues 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 185. She needs 10 hits to catch Michelle Schneider (1996-99) who ranks second with 195 and 34 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 teammate Sarah Beeson and Michelle Schneider who have 35 each. Her 101 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).

LeCocq Off To Solid Start For Stanford: Sophomore Maureen LeCocq is off to a quick start this season notching a 2-0 record in the circle for the Cardinal this season. The righthander boasts a 0.00 ERA in two starts. She is holding opponent batters to a .094 average at the plate. In 10 innings of work, she has only allowed a runner to reach third on three occassions. She has been perfect in the field for Stanford with two putouts and six assists.

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 has tied the school record for doubles with 35 ( Michelle Schneider, 35) and second in career homeruns with 10. She also checks in at No. 2 in career RBI with 99 (seven off the pace set by leader Jessica Mendoza). Beeson is second in career putouts with 1121 and needs 19 to catch leader, Kellie Wiginton.

Sorensen Runs Record To 3-0: After a stellar freshman campaign, sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen has picked up where she left off last season. She has posted a 3-0 record to start the year and pitched two shutout games over the weekend vs. Pacific and San Jose State. She has pitched two complete games and has posted an amazing 27 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. She has notched 10 or more strikeouts in two of three games this season including 12 K's vs. Pacific (2/10). Sorensen is holding opponent batters to a .100 average at the plate. She has only allowed one run and five hits in 16 innings in the circle for Stanford.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).

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 continues its road swing with a trip to Columbus, Ga. for the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Friday- Sunday, February 23-25.

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.) and 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 645 ... Kira Ching and teammate Jessica Mendoza are tied for third in career triples with three a piece ... Robin Walker has moved into sole posession of fourth place on the Stanford career assists chart with 303 for her career ... she needs 31 assists to tie Jennie Foyle (1996-97) for third.

Walker Secures 2-0 Win Over Pacific For Cardinal: Shortstop Robin Walker broke a 0-0 tie against Pacific on Saturday in the bottom of the sixth inning to give Stanford lead. With outfielder Ramona Shelburne on second, Walker hit an RBI single to centerfield. Later that inning Jessica Mendoza would single to right, to bring home Walker for the insurance run. Walker currently leads the team with nine runs scored on the season and has a .375 average at the plate. Her nine hits is tied for second on the squad.

Cardinal Record When ...Day Game:  7-0Night Game:  0-07 inning game:  5-06 inning game:  0-05 inning game:  2-0extra inning game:  0-0one-run game:  0-0Stanford Scores first:  5-0Opponent Scores first: 2-0Stanford leads going into last inning: 7-0Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-0Score tied going into last inning: 0-0Game one of doubleheader: 3-0Game two of doubleheader: 3-0vs. ranked opponents: 0-0vs. unranked opponents: 7-0Last five games: 5-0Last 10 games: 7-0

NFCA/Coaches Top 25 PollJan. 24, 2001 - Preseason Poll

Pl. School Pts.1. UCLA (13) 6552. Oklahoma (10) 6423. Arizona (4) 6324. Washington (1) 5415. Alabama 5356. Arizona State 5237. California 4848. LSU 4659. Fresno State 45510. DePaul 41211. Michigan 36212. Nebraska 35313. Iowa 30114. Cal State Fullerton 29515. Stanford 27016. Oregon State 26117. Florida State 21018. South Carolina 16919. Notre Dame 15720. Oregon 14521. Southern Mississippi 13722. Long Beach State 12523. Mississippi State 10824. Texas 9425. Utah 67

Also receiving votes:Florida Atlantic, Illinois-Chicago, Hofstra, Massachusetts, Oklahoma State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Florida, Texas A&M, Penn State, Central Michigan, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, New Mexico, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, South Florida.

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