No. 5 Softball Hosts Portland State This Week

March 22, 2001

This Week: The fifth-ranked Stanford softball team (28-2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) is home for its final non-conference tune up against Portland State on Saturday. The doubleheader with Texas A&M Corpus Christi scheduled for Monday, March 26 has been cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Last Week: Stanford has been idle since March 11 due to finals ... Two weeks ago, the Cardinal went 7-1 en route to the Speedline Invitational title ... Sarah Beeson hit .464 (13-for-28) with two doubles and five RBI while Jessica Mendoza hit .462 (12-for-26) with three home runs anf four RBI ... Pitcher Dana Sorensen was a perfect 4-0 on the weekend and didn't allow a run in 28 innings ... She had 45 strikeouts and held opponents to a .115 batting average ... Maureen LeCocq went 3-1 with 29 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA ... The Cardinal stole 12 of 14 baes, had 11 doubles on the weekend and shutout opponents six times ... Stanford defeated Penn State and Tennessee Tech in the first two games and closed out the tournament with five straight shutout wins over South Florida, Georgia Tech, Florida Atlantic, Wisconsin and Texas Tech.

Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted 19 shutouts in 31 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 10 or more hits in a game 10 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on four occassions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 143-35 on the year ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 18 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .321 with runners in scoring position ... The Cardinal takse a five-game winning streak into this weekend's double header ... Stanford has not lost to a ranked opponent this season.

Rankings Review: Stanford remained in the No. 5 spot of this week's NFCA poll ... Last week, the Cardinal was tied with Oklahoma at No. 5 ... It is the highest ranking in school history ... The Cardinal has appeared in the top 25 of every regular-season poll since early in the 1998 season, reaching a then-high of No. 7 during 1999 ... Stanford peaked at No. 8 in 2000 ... Pac-10 teams hold four of the top five spots, including the top three, and five of the top 10 ... Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 ... This season, Stanford is scheduled to play six of the top 10 teams in the poll and 14 of the top 25 ... The Cardinal will play at least 24 games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally this season.

Viking Review: Portland State enters the weekend with a 5-12 overall record ... Head coachTeri Mariani is in her 25th season at the helm ... Monica Martell (.262, 11 hits) and Megumi Hackett (..250, 14 hits) lead the Vikings offensively ... In the circle, Morgan Seibert has a 4-7 record with 76 stirkeouts in 74 1/3 innings of work ... The Vikings, who have been off like the Cardinal since March 11, bring a three-game winning streak into Saturday's games.

Cha-Ching: Second baseman Kira Ching continued her hot hitting at hte Speedline Invitational ... She knocked in five runs with a home run and three doubles and hit .259 in the eight games ... She had a 3-for-4 outing in a 9-0 win over Georgia Tech, including two runs scored and three RBI ... On the year, she is fourth on the squad with a .277 batting average and is a perfect 8-for-8 in stolen bases ... Ching has seven multiple-hit games and three multiple RBI games this season.

Beeson's Bat Stays Hot: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson led the Cardinal in Tampa with a .464 (13-for-28) batting average ... She recorded two doubles and 11 singles, including the game-winning hit in the bottom of the eighth against Wisconsin ... Beeson leads the team with 38 RBI ... Her 128 career RBI and her 1,259 career putouts are school records ... Beeson also leads the team with nine multiple-RBI games, including three games with four or more RBI ... She is batting .480 with runners on base and .568 with runners in scoring position.

Mendoza Making Her Mark: Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza was solid at the Speedline Invitational, hitting .462 with a double and three home runs ... She leads the Cardinal with 10 homers on the year and is three away from equaling her 13 HRs as a sophomore ... Mendoza stole 6-of-7 basese in Tampa and also scored nine runs ... She is leading the squad with a .460 batting average and is second in RBI with 22 on the year ... She leads the team in multiple-hit games (12) and is second in multiple-RBI games (5) ... She is hitting .395 with runners on base and .417 with runners in scoring position.

LeCocq Looking Strong: Sophomore pitcher Maureen LeCocq picked up three more wins last weekend to move her record to 10-1 on the year ... Her wins came over Tennessee Tech, Florida Atlantic and Texas Tech, which was the championship game ... She struck out 10, a new career high in the 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic ... LeCocq sports a 0.59 ERA and is holding opponents to a .146 batting average ... Earlier this season, she pitched her first collegiate perfect game - a 2-0 win over Long Beach State (2/17) ... LeCocq has four shutouts and five combined shutouts on the season.

Notes from Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .135 average at the plate and sports a nifty 0.71 ERA ... Over five games, the Cardinal pitchers combined to throw 30 consecutive scoreless innings and posted four consecutive shutouts ... The pitching staff is averaging just under nine K's a game ... The Cardinal hurlers have notched 270 Ks in 206.0 innings pitched while only walking 41 ... Stanford has 20 shutouts in 31games ... Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves on the year while fellow relief pitcher Tori Nyberg has 19 strikeouts in just 16.1 innings pitched ... With runners on base, the Cardinal pitchers are holding batters to a .162 batting average.

Sorensen Goes 4-0 At Speedline Invitational: Sophomore hurler Dana Sorensen continues to dominate in the circle for Stanford ... She posted a 0.00 ERA during the Speedline Invitational with a perfect 4-0 record ... In 28.0 innings of work, she notched 45 strikeouts ... On the year, Sorensen leads the pitching staff with a 14-1 record and 0.21 ERA ... She is holding opponent batters to a .104 average at the plate ... She has only allowed three earned runs and 33 hits in a team-leading 98.0 innings in the circle ... With 170 K's this season, Sorensen has already passed her strikeout total from last year (164).

All-Tourney Honors: Stanford placed three players on the Speedline Invitational's All-Tournament team, including Most Valuable Player Jessica Mendoza ... First baseman Sarah Beeson and pitcher Dana Sorensen joined Mendoza on the squad ... Beeson led the Cardinal in hitting with a .464 average over the eight games while Mendoza had three homers ... Sorensen averaged over 11 Ks a game.

Catch Me If You Can: Stanford is averaging a little over a stolen base per game in 2001 ... Mendoza leads the team with 17 stolen bases followed by Kira Ching, who is a perfect 8-of-8 ... The Cardinal has 40 swiped bags on the year - their opponents only have 10.

Up Next: Stanford opens Pac-10 play at home next week as it hosts No. 1 UCLA on Friday, March 30 and No. 14 Washington on Saturday, March 31 ... The Cardinal's doubleheader with Texas A&M Corpus Christi, scheduled for Monday, March 26, was cancelled due to a scheduling conflict.

Pack Your Bags: The 2001 Stanford Cardinal competed 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 did not play at home and logged quite a few miles traveling from one coast to the other.

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