No. 4 Softball Hosts Oregon Schools This Weekend
April 4, 2001
This Week: The fourth-ranked Stanford softball team heads into the second week of Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend. The Cardinal concludes its eight-game home stand with a single game against Oregon on Friday and games with No. 16 Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday.
Last Week: Stanford went 2-1 in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, including a 1-0 win over top-ranked and previously undefeated UCLA ... The Cardinal split games with then-No. 15 Washington, dropping a 5-1 decision on Saturday and winning 4-1 on Sunday ... Against the Bruins, Stanford scored its only run of the game in the fourth inning when Sarah Beeson's drive to left was missed by UCLA's left fielder, allowing Jessica Mendoza to score the only run of the game ... In Saturday's loss, Beeson was one of the bright spots as she went 2-for-3 with an RBI ... Beeson hit her eighth home run of the year on Sunday - a solo shot in the sixth inning ... Dana Sorensen struck out 14 to earn the win in the circle ... On the weekend, Sorensen had 21 strikeouts.
Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted 22 shutouts in 36 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 11 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on four occsions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 161-41 on the year, including a 36-5 advantage in the first inning ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 19 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .309 with runners in scoring position ... The pitching staff is sixth in the country with an ERA of 0.78 ... The Cardinal has 26 homers on the year, two short of the 28 hit last year ... Stanford has lost just one game to a ranked opponent this season.
Rankings Review:Stanford jumped up to the No. 4 spot in this week's NFCA poll ... 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 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 ... For the remainder of the regular season, Stanford will play a ranked team every week.
Duck Dialogue: Oregon brings a 23-21 record into Friday's game and a 1-2 mark in conference play ... The Ducks dropped a doubleheader on the road to Portland State earlier this week ... Last weekend, Oregon lost to Arizona 11-1, but then bounced back to split games with Arizona State, winning 4-0 and losing 10-1 ... The Ducks are led by Lisa Wangler (.387, 60 hits) and Alyssa Laux (.373, 44 hits) ... In the circle, Andrea Vidlund enters with a 9-4 record and a 3.14 ERA while Connie McMurren is 8-11 with 71 strikeouts ... Wangler also has a 4-5 mark, including the win over ASU ... Oregon went 2-1 against the Cardinal last year, although Stanford won the last meeting 2-1.
Beaver Buzz: No. 16 Oregon State starts the week with a 29-13-1 mark and an 0-2 record in Pac-10 play ... The Beavers lost a single game to Arizona State, 4-2, and another game to Arizona, 5-0, to start conference play ... Shawna Feldt is hitting .309 (46 hits, 22 RBI) and Steph Adams sports a .292 average with eight doubles ... The pitching staff is led by Crystal Draper (16-7, 1.65 ERA) and Monica Hoffman (11-6, 1.48 ERA) ... The Beavers were swept by Stanford last year in three Pac-10 contests.
Sorensen Sweeps Weekly Awards: Sophomore Dana Sorensen was named the NFCA Division I Player of the Week as well as the Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week ... She went 2-0 in the opening weekend of Pac-10 play, including a 1-0 win over top-ranked and previously undefeated UCLA ... She also tossed a three-hitter with 14 strikeouts in a 4-1 win over Washington ... On the weekend, she recorded 21 strikeouts, including her 200th K of the year ... Sorensen already broke the single season record of 186 earlier this season ... Her 12.1 strikeouts per game is leading the nation by almost one K (next closest is 11.4) ... She is also second in the country in ERA (0.24) ... Sorensen is leading the conference in batters struck out looking (69) and opposing batting average (.099).
Beeson's Been Hot: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson hit .429 in three games last weekend and is hitting at a .431 clip on the year, which is second on the team ... With a .784 slugging percentage, Beeson has eight homers and a team-leading 10 doubles ... She also has 41 RBI, which is 12th in the nation and sixth in the Pac-10 ... Beeson has been a clutch hitter throughout the year and leads the squad with 19 two-out RBI ... Her 131 career RBI and her 1,277 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, and has a .535 average with runners in scoring position.
Mendoza Making Her Mark: Junior outfielder Jessica Mendoza is among the nation's leaders in hitting as she is 19th with her .441 batting average and ninth in home runs (11, 0.31 per game) ... Earlier this season, she became the Cardinal's all-time hit leader, surpassing Kellie Wiginton's 218 ... Mendoza has 220 hits in her time on The Farm, including 45 this year, which leads the team ... Mendoza is tied (with Sarah Beeson) for the all-time lead in doubles with 40 while her 45 stolen bases and 33 home runs are tops in the all-time books ... She is also among the conference leaders, ranking fifth in four categories: batting average (.441), runs scored (40), on base percentage (.532) and home runs (11)... She had a 12-game hitting streak snapped in last week's game against UCLA, but remains the team's leader in batting average, hits, home runs, slugging percentage (.853) and stolen bases (19).
Cha-Ching: Second baseman Kira Ching has continued to produce offensively in her sophomore campaign ... She picked up a sacrifice fly in in the Cardinal's 4-1 win over Washington last weekend ... Her three home runs on the year ties her output from her freshman year and she has already surpassed her hit total from last year (27) with 30 hits ... She is hitting .333 with runners in scoring position and is third on the team with 22 RBI ... She is a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases, which is also better than her six stolen bags last year.
LeCocq Loses Just Second Game Of Year: Sophomore pitcher Maureen LeCocq took her second loss of the season on Saturday against Washington ... Her record dropped to 11-2, but her ERA of 0.79 still ranks in the top 50 in the nation (31st) ... Opponents are hitting just .146 against this right hander, who has also spent time as Stanford's designated player ... Her 59 strikeouts are second on the staff as are her 80.0 innings pitched ... 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.
Notes From Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .133 average at the plate (second in the Pac-10) and sports a nifty 0.78 ERA ... The Cardinal has a conference-best 103 batters struck out looking ... The pitching staff is averaging just under nine K's a game and has notched 315 Ks in 241 innings pitched while only walking 47 ... Relief pitcher Tori Nyberg had three Ks in two innings of work last wekeend and has 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings pitched ... Fellow relief pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau leads the staff with three saves.