No. 5 Softball Opens Pac-10 Play With Top-Ranked UCLA

March 28, 2001

This Week: The fifth-ranked Stanford softball team opens Pacific-10 Conference play at home with a single game against top-ranked UCLA on Friday and games with No. 15 Washington on Saturday and Sunday.

Last Week: Stanford swept a doubleheader from Portland State last Saturday with game scores of 7-0 and 5-0 ... Dana Sorensen pitched her first career perfect game in game one, with 15 strikeouts ... Jessica Mendoza was 3-for-4 with a triple and a home run while Cassi Brangham went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI ... Game two saw three Cardinal pitchers combine for a one-hit shutout ... Maureen LeCocq pitched four innings of no-hit ball to earn the win while Tori Nyberg and Jaime Forman-Lau were solid in relief ... Kira Ching went 2-for-4 with three RBI and one run while Mendoza and Sarah Beeson had two hits apiece ... On the day, Stanford allowed one hit and one walk in 14 innings, while striking out 19 ... The Cardinal pounded out 18 hits.

Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted 21 shutouts in 33 games played this season ... Last year, Stanford had 10 shutouts ... The school record for shutouts in a single season is 25 (1998) ... The Cardinal hasn't given up a run in its last seven games (49 innings) ... Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game 11 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on four occsions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 155-35 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 takes a seven-game winning streak into this weekend's Pac-10 openers ... 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 ... It is the highest ranking is 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 in this week's poll, and six of the top 10 ... Seven of the eight Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 ... This season, Stanford is scheduled to play five of the top 10 teams in the poll and 11 of the top 25 ... The Cardinal will play at least 24 games against teams ranked in the top 25 nationally this season.

Bruin Banter: Top-ranked UCLA enters Friday's conference opener with a perfect 35-0 record ... This will be the Bruins' first game since a 6-1 win over UC Santa Barbara on March 14 ... The Bruins have claimed five tournament titles and nine wins over ranked opponents ... They boast five players with batting averages over .400, led by Stacey Neveman's .472 ... Amanda Freed (14-0, 0.16 ERA) and Keira Goerl (12-0, 0.88 ERA) lead the pitching staff ... UCLA leads the all-time series 28-6, with the Cardinal winning the last meeting, 2-1.

Husky Happenings: No. 15 Washington enters the weekend with a 22-11 overall record and is coming off of a nine-game trip to California ... The Huskies split games with No. 24 Cal State Northridge and dropped a 10-1 decision to No. 9 Cal State Fullerton last week ... Kelly Hauxhurst (.382, 39 hits) and Amanda Oleson (.355, 38 hits) are leading UW at the plate while Tia Bollinger has been dominant in the circle, posting a 20-2 record and a 0.90 ERA ... Washington is 23-5 all-time against the Cardinal, but Stanford has won four of the last 10 meetings.

Sorensen Superb In The Circle: Sophomore Dana Sorensen pitched her first career perfect game on Saturday in a 7-0 win over Portland State ... Her 15 strikeouts were one short of tying her school record of 16, which she set earlier this season ... Sorensen currently has a streak of 39 scoreless innings and has given up just three earned runs all year ... She sports a 0.20 ERA with 185 strikeouts in 105 innings of work ... Opponents are hitting just .098 against her and she has given up 33 hits and 20 walks all year ... She leads the staff with a record of 15-1.

Cha-Ching:Second baseman Kira Ching has continued to produce offensively in her sophomore campaign ... She collected three hits in the doubleheader with Portland State last weekend, including a 2-4 performance with three RBI in game two ... Ching has hit safely in the last three games and has already surpassed her hit total from last year (27) with 29 hits ... She is hitting .347 with runners in scoring position and is third on the team with 21 RBI ... She is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases, which is also better than her six stolen bags last year.

Beeson's Hot Bat: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson has drove in more runs this year (39) than any other Cardinal ... She also leads the squad in two-out RBI with 18 ... She had a pair of hits and two runs scored last weekend ... Her 129 career RBI and her 1,260 career putouts are school records, and she is also tied with Jessica Mendoza for the all-time lead in doubles with 40 ... Beeson leads the team with nine multiple-RBI games, including three games with four or more RBI ... She is hitting at a .432 clip, and has a .550 average with runners in scoring position.

Mendoza Movin' Fast: Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza brings a 12-game hitting streak into this weekend's game and leads the Cardinal in hitting with a .474 average ... She hit her team leading 11th home run of the year against Portland State and went 5-for-8 on the weekend (including her first triple of the year) with five runs and three RBI ... She also picked up her 18th stolen base of the year ... Mendoza leads the team in multiple-hit games (14) and is second in multiple-RBI games (6) ... Last weekend, she passed Kellie Wiginton to become the school's all-time leader in hits (220).

LeCocq Looking Strong:Sophomore pitcher Maureen LeCocq picked up another win last weekend to improve her record to 11-1 ... She pitched four hitless innings for her sixth combined shutout ... Opponents are hitting just .139 against this right hander, who has also spent time as Stanford's designated player ... Her ERA of 0.56 is second on the staff as are her 59 strikeouts ... She struck out a career-high 10 batters in a 2-0 win over Florida Atlantic in the Speedline Invitational ... 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 six complete games on the season.

Brangham Bringing The Hits: Left fielder Cassi Brangham has provided clutch htting from the middle of the lineup throughout the year ... The sophomore has 21 hits, 18 of which are singles, and sports a .333 average with the bases loaded ... Against Portland State, she had a 2-for-3 outing with a pair of RBI ... Brangham hit her second career home run earlier this season and is hitting .256 on the year.

Notes From Around The Bullpen:The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .129 average at the plate and sports a nifty 0.67 ERA ... The Cardinal pitchers haven't allowed a run in 49 innings and have shutouts in eight of the last 10 games ... The pitching staff is averaging 9.2 K's a game and has notched 289 Ks in 220 innings pitched while only walking 42 ... Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves while fellow relief pitcher Tori Nyberg has 22 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched ... With runners on base, the Cardinal hurlers are holding batters to a .160 batting average.

Catch Me If You Can: Stanford is averaging a little over a stolen base per game ... Jessica Mendoza leads the team with 18 stolen bases followed by Kira Ching, who is a perfect 9-of-9 ... The Cardinal has 44 swiped bags on the year while opponents only have 10.

Up Next: Stanford will conclude its eight-game homestand next weekend with the Oregon schools, beginning with Oregon on Friday ... No. 14 Oregon State is in town on Saturday and Sunday for single games each day.

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