Softball Player/Pitcher of the Week (2/26/01)

Feb. 26, 2001

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WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - STANFORD first baseman Sarah Beeson has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week while her teammate, pitcher Dana Sorensen, was named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Beeson, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., had a solid tournament performance as No. 9 Stanford improved its mark to 16-1-1 on the season. Beeson helped lead the Cardinal to a NFCA Leadoff Classic Championship by hitting .417 with four home runs, eight RBI and six runs scored over the five game stretch. She was also perfect in the field with 27 putouts and two assists. On the year, Beeson is hitting at a .413 clip with a team-leading 22 RBI. She is also tied for the team-lead in home runs with five. For her efforts, Beeson was named to the NFCA All-Tournament team.

Sorensen, a sophomore from San Diego, Calif., went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA at the NFCA Leadoff Classic. She pitched 17.1 innings over three contests with 32 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .105 batting average at the plate and pitching two complete games. In the rain-shortened contest against No. 19 South Carolina, Sorenson had a no-hitter through five innings. On the season, she leads the team with a 0.13 ERA and a 7-1 record. Sorensen has 98 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched on the year while holding opponents to a 0.97 batting average. She has added seven complete games and five shutouts this season.

It is the first weekly honor for Beeson while Sorensen garners the second honor of her career. Stanford has now received 14 honors all-time.

Also nominated for Player of the Week were: Toni Mascarenas, ARIZ. Veronica Nelson, CAL. Lisa Wangler, ORE. Toria Auelua, UCLA.

Also nominated for Pitcher of the Week were: Jennie Finch, ARIZ. Erica Beach, ASU. Jocelyn Forest, CAL. Crystal Draper, OSU. Amanda Freed, UCLA. Tia Bollinger, WASH.

2001 PAC-10 PLAYER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Christie Rosenblad, WASH. 2/19 - Tairia Mims, UCLA. 2/26 - Sarah Beeson, STAN.

2001 PAC-10 PITCHER SELECTIONS: 2/12 - Kirsten Voak, ASU. 2/19 - Maureen LeCocq, STAN. Dana Sorensen, STAN.

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