Cardinal Softball Travels To NFCA Classic

Feb. 20, 2001

This Week: The 15th-ranked Stanford softball team (12-1,0-0 Pac-10) travel to Columbus, Ga. for the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Feb. 23-25. The Cardinal play three games, including one against No. 8 LSU, before beginning tournament play.

Last Week: Stanford went 5-1 at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in Poway, Calif. ... the Cardinal set a school record for its best start of the season, going 12-0 before falling to CS-Northridge in the final day of the classic ... sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen set a school record for single game strikeouts with 16 K's against New Mexico (2/16) ... sophomore pitcher Maureen LeCocq pitched a perfect game vs. No. 22 Long Beach State ... Sarah Beeson hit .357 for the classic with five RBI and two runs scored ... the Cardinal did not allow an earned run over the six games ... Stanford posted two wins over No. 11 Michigan during the classic.

Did You Know: The Cardinal have posted nine shutouts in 13 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 Seton Hall: The Pirates went 25-18-1 in 2000 ... Top returners are Vickie Lamb (.391-16-4) and Kim Jackson (.291-24-3) ... Senior pitcher Misty Beaver, a 2000 All-Big East second team selection, will lead the pitching staff ... They are coached by Ray Vander May ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

About Illinois-Chicago: The Flames enter this weekend with a 9-7 overall record ... They are led by Stephanie Christoferson (.440-11-3) and Jennifer Tiffany (.319-6-0) ... Alycia Creese leads the pitching staff with a 4-3 record and a 1.56 ERA ... They are coached by Mike McGovern ... This is the first meeting between the two teams.

Notes from Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .117 average at the plate and sport a 0.32 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 106 Ks in 84.0 innings pitched while only walking 18 ... Stanford has nine shutouts in 13 games ... Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves on the year.

LeCocq Named Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week: Sophomore Maureen LeCocq was honored as Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week following her outstanding performance at the Campbell/Cartier Classic. The righthander went 2-0 in the circle with a perfect game. Her perfect game came against No. 22 Long Beach State where she went the distance, striking out five. On the year, LeCocq is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 22.1 innings pitched. She is holding opponent batters to a .135 average at the plate.

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 190. She needs just five hits to catch Michelle Schneider (1996-99) who ranks second with 195 and 29 to surpass the leader, Kellie Wiginton (1997-00), who checks in with 218. Mendoza is tied for second in career doubles with Michelle Schneider (35) and needs only two to take over the top spot, currently held by teammate Sarah Beeson who has 36. Her 108 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 broke the school record for doubles when she hit her 36th double at the Campbell/Cartier Classic over the weekend. She is second in career homeruns with 11 and in career RBI with 104 (four off the pace set by leader Jessica Mendoza). Beeson has also moved into first in career putouts with 1156.

Sorensen Sets School Record: Sophomore hurler Dana Sorensen set a single game school record at the Campbell/Cartier Classic, posting 16 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over New Mexico. Sorensen broke her own record set last year (15 K's) in a 13-inning game vs. Central Michigan. She has posted a 5-1 record to start the year with a 0.25 ERA. This weekend she went 2-1, pitching 20.0 innings with a stellar 39 K's. She has notched 10 or more strikeouts in five of six games this season. Sorensen is holding opponent batters to a .092 average at the plate. She has only allowed one earned run and 11 hits in a team-leading 36.0 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 (251.2) and third in career strikeouts (230) and career wins (28).

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 the third consecutive week with the Utah Invitational in St. George, Utah, March 2-4.

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 313 for her career ... she needs 21 assists to tie Jennie Foyle (1996-97) for third.

Nyberg Notches Complete Game Win Over Utah State: Sophomore pitcher Tori Nyberg tallied her first complete game of the season over the weekend, in a 12-0 win over Utah State. Nyberg pitched 5.0 innings, allowing only two hits, with five K's and no walks. Nyberg is 2-0 on the year in five appearances. In 14.0 innings pitched, she has yet to surrender a run.

Stanford Avenges Last Year's Season-Ending Loss: Stanford posted a 2-1 win over Michigan last Thursday to avenge a 5-4 season-ending loss to the Wolverines in the NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich. last season. Behind the strong pitching of sophomore Dana Sorensen (7 IP, 2 H, 11 K) and clutch hitting of first baseman Sarah Beeson, who knocked in both runs, Stanford posted its first win over Michigan in four meetings. The next day, the Cardinal defeated Michigan 2-0 with pitcher Maureen LeCocq picking up the win.

Cardinal Record When ...Day Game:  11-1Night Game:  1-07 inning game:  9-16 inning game:  0-05 inning game:  3-0extra inning game:  0-0one-run game:  2-1Stanford Scores first:  9-0Opponent Scores first: 3-1Stanford leads going into last inning: 11-0Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-1Score tied going into last inning: 1-0Game one of doubleheader: 3-0Game two of doubleheader: 3-0vs. ranked opponents: 3-0vs. unranked opponents: 9-1Last five games: 4-1Last 10 games: 9-1
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