No. 9 Stanford Hits The Road For Utah Invitational
Feb. 27, 2001
This Week: The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team (16-1-1,0-0 Pac-10) travel to St. George, Utah. for the Utah Invitational, March 2-4. The Cardinal play four games, including one against 15th-ranked Nebraska.
Last Week: Stanford went 4-0-1 at the NFCA Leadoff Classic in Columbus, Ga. ... as the top seed in the gold bracket, the Cardinal was declared the winner of the classic (Sunday's games were cancelled due to lightning and rain ... Sarah Beeson, Jessica Mendoza and Dana Sorensen were named to the all-tournament team ... Beeson blasted four homers during the classic while Mendoza notched three roundtrippers ... Sorensen had a no-hitter through five innings vs. South Carolina when the game was called due to rain ... Kira Ching swiped three stolen bases ... The Cardinal pitching staff held opponent batters to a .162 average at the plate ... Stanford tallied wins over Illinois-Chicago, No. 6 LSU, Seton Hall and Kansas (tied with No. 19 S. Carolina).
Did You Know: The Cardinal have posted 11 shutouts in 18 games played this season ... last year, Stanford had 10 shutouts ... the school record for shutouts in a single season is 25 (1998) ... Stanford has notched over 10 hits in a game five times this season and scored over 10 runs on three occassions ... Stanford has not allowed an opponent to score in the seventh inning ... the Cardinal have outscored its opponents 86-18 on the year ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 13 two-out RBI ... as a team, Stanford is hitting .340 with runners in scoring position ... the Cardinal take a four-game winning streak into this weekend's invitational ... Stanford has not lost to a ranked opponent this season ... the Cardinal own a 2-0 advantage in the all-time series with UCSB ... Sunday's game with Mizzou will mark the first meeting between the two schools.
Rankings Review: Stanford made a big jump in the polls last week moving up six spots to No. 9. 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 five spots in the 2001 preseason poll, and six of the top 10. All eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25. 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 Oklahoma State: The Cowgirls enter this weekend's games with a 6-6 record and have won their last two games ... Amanda Hayes (.333-1-11) and Stephanie Hodges (.333-0-2) lead the team ... Pitcher Lauren Bay leads the pitching staff with a 1.25 ERA and 2-2 record ... They are coached by Sandy Fischer ... Last year Stanford defeated Oklahoma State, 5-1, at the Utah Invitational.
About Nebraska: The Cornhuskers sport a 7-7 overall record ... They are coached by Rhonda Revelle (ninth season) ... Nebraska is led by Amanda Buchholz (.378-0-3) and Amber Burgess (.341-1-10) ... Peaches James leads the pitching staff with a 1.98 ERA (2-3 record) ... The Huskers have played 11 of its 14 games vs. ranked opponents ... Last year, Stanford defeated Nebraska, 7-2, at the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tempe, Ariz.
Mendoza and Beeson Provide Firepower: Batting 3-4 in the lineup, juniors Jessica Mendoza and Sarah Beeson have been providing the Cardinal with a lot of firepower at the plate this season. Mendoza (.435) and Beeson (.413) have cranked out five homeruns each and have tallied 14 and 22 RBI respectively. Both have an on-base percentage of over .500 were named to the NFCA Leadoff Classic all-tournament team over the weekend. Mendoza leads the team with 20 hits while Beeson is right behind her with 19. Look for the two sluggers in the Stanford record books - between the two of them, they are in the top three of most of the categories.
LeCocq Quietly Racks Up Wins: Although she may not have a high strikeout total, sophomore pitcher Maureen LeCocq has a perfect 5-0 record on the mound and a 0.48 ERA. She is holding opponent batters to a .144 average at the plate through 29 innings in the circle. Earlier this season, she pitched her first collegiate perfect game - a 2-0 win over Long Beach State (2/17). LeCocq has one shutout and has four combined shutouts on the season.
Notes from Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .130 average at the plate and sport a nifty 0.54 ERA ... over five games, the Cardinal pitchers combined to throw 30 consecutive scoreless innings and posted four consecutive shutouts ... the pitching staff is averaging nine K's a game ... the Cardinal hurlers have notched 156 Ks in 117.0 innings pitched while only walking 24 ... Stanford has 12 shutouts in 18 games ... Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves on the year ... with runners on base, the Cardinal pitchers are holding batters to a .161 batting average.
Stanford Sweeps Pac-10 Player of the Week Honors: First baseman Sarah Beeson was named Pac-10 Player of the Week while teammate, pitcher Dana Sorensen, was named Pitcher of the Week for Feb. 19-25, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. 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. 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.
Sorensen Named To NFCA All-Tournament Team: Sophomore hurler Dana Sorensen continues to dominate in the circle for Stanford. She posted a 0.00 ERA at the NFCA Classic, recording 32 K's in 17.1 innings pitched. For her efforts, she was selected to the NFCA's all-tourney squad. On the year, Sorensen leads the pitching staff with a 7-1 record and 0.13 ERA. She has notched 10 or more strikeouts in seven of eight games this season. Sorensen is holding opponent batters to a .097 average at the plate. She has only allowed one earned run and 17 hits in a team-leading 53.1 innings in the circle for Stanford. With 98 K's this season, Sorensen is on pace to surpass her strikeout total from last year (164).
Catch Me If You Can: Stanford is averaging a little over a stolen base per game in 2001 ... Mendoza leads the team with eight stolen bases followed by Kira Ching, who is a perfect six-of-six ... the Cardinal have 22 swiped bags on the year - their opponents only have eight.
Up Next: Stanford hits the road for the fourth consecutive week with the Speedline Invitational in Tampa, Florida, March 8-11.
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.
Cardinal Record When ...Day Game: 13-1-1Night Game: 3-07 inning game: 16-16 inning game: 0-05 inning game: 3-0-1extra inning game: 0-0one-run game: 2-1Stanford Scores first: 13-0Opponent Scores first: 3-1Stanford leads going into last inning: 15-0Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-1Score tied going into last inning: 1-0-1Game one of doubleheader: 3-0Game two of doubleheader: 3-0vs. ranked opponents: 4-0-1vs. unranked opponents: 12-1Last five games: 4-0-1Last 10 games: 8-1-1
Stanford in the Record BooksCareer RecordsHits1. Kellie Wiginton 2182. Jessica Mendoza 195 Michelle Schneider 195
Stolen Bases1. Jessica Mendoza 342. Jenni Schideler 203. three players tied 18
Assists1. Michelle Schneider 6162. Amanda Renteria 3633. Jennie Foyle 3344. Robin Walker 319
Strikeouts1. Becky Blevins 5952. Marcy Crouch 2643. Dana Sorensen 262
Innings Pitched1. Becky Blevins 874.24. Dana Sorensen 265.0