No. 3 Softball Heads To Arizona For Key Games
April 19, 2001
This Week: The third-ranked Stanford softball team will travel to Tucson to face No. 2 Arizona on Friday night and then travels to Tempe for a pair of games with No. 8 Arizona State on Saturday and Sunday ... This weekend is the beginning of six Pac-10 road games.
Last Week: Stanford took two of three games from its Bay Area rival Cal last weekend and swept a doubleheader from Cal Poly on Monday of this week ... The Cardinal won the opening game with Cal at home ... Stanford took advantage of three Cal errors in the game and took an early 2-0 lead and added to that in the fourth ... On Saturday, the Cardinal won the first game of the doubleheader as Jenni Shideler hit a two-run homer in the sixth to put Stanford up for good ... Tori Nyberg picked up the win in the circle ... The second game was a pitcher's dual as Maureen LeCocq gave up just three hits, but Cal scored one run in the fifth and it held up ... Against Cal Poly, Stanford pounded out 20 hits in the two games ... Jessica Mendoza went 6-for-8 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI ... Jaime Forman-Lau and LeCocq earned the wins in the circle ... Sarah Beeson went 5-for-8 with a pair of RBI and Robin Walker was 4-for-8 with a run scored.
Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted 25 shutouts in 46 games played this season ... This ties the 1998 school record for shutouts in a single season ... Last year, the Cardinal had 10 shutouts ... Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game 13 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on four occasions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 201-57 on the year, including a 47-8 advantage in the first inning ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 21 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .299 with runners in scoring position ... The pitching staff is 11th in the country with an ERA of 0.91 ... The wining percentage (.875) and fielding percentage (.975) both rank seventh nationally ... The Cardinal's 29 homers on the year is already one better than the total from last season.
Rankings Review: Stanford remained in the No. 3 spot in the latest 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 the first four spots in this week's poll, 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 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.
Cat Chronicle: Arizona enters Friday night's game with a perfect 24-0 record on their home field this year and an overall record of 43-4 ... The Wildcats are second behind the Cardinal in the Pac-10 standings with a 5-2 mark ... The No. 2 Cats swept No. 14 Fresno State in a doubleheader on Wednesday ... Last weekend, U of A swept local rival Arizona State with scores of 3-0 and 4-3 ... Arizona leads the conference in hitting with a .355 average as well as ERA (0.63) and fielding percentage (.981) ... Senior Lauren Bauer leads the Pac-10 with her .438 batting average and her 56 runs scored ... Pac-10 Pitcher of the Week Jennie Finch boasts a 0.35 ERA, which is the best mak in the nation, and is also holding opponents to a league-leading .097 batting average ... Finch has yet to lose in the circle with a record of 16-0 ... The Cats took two of three from the Cardinal last year, including a 9-0 win in the last meeting.
Devil Dialogue: Arizona State brings a 30-11 overall record into the week and a 5-3 Pac-10 mark, good for a third-place tie with UCLA ... The Sun Devils dropped a pair of games to rival Arizona last weekend ... Offensively, ASU is led by freshman Phelan Wright with her .400 batting average and junior Nichole Thompson, who is hitting at a .370 clip ... The Sun Devils are the third best hitting team in the conference with a .302 team batting average ... This mark is also 10th in the nation ... The pitching staff, which is led by juniors Kirsten Voak and Erica Beach, carries a 1.07 ERA ... This weekend will be the first time ASU has played at home in 19 games (since early March) ... The Sun Devils lead the all-time series 23-9, and the two teams split a doubleheader at Stanford in the last meeting.
Hits Just Keep On Coming For Mendoza: Junior All-American outfielder Jessica Mendoza continues to make her mark in Stanford's all-time career record books ... Earlier this season, she became the Cardinal's all-time hit leader, surpassing Kellie Wiginton's 218 ... Mendoza has 233 hits in her time on The Farm, including 58 this year ... In just her third year, she already holds the school career record for stolen bases (51), home runs (34) and runs scored (148) ... In two games against Cal Poly earlier this week, she went 6-for-8 with two doubles, two runs and three RBI ... The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year is among the nation's leaders with her .443 batting average and 12 homers (0.27 per game) ... She is hitting equally well against lefties (.429) and righthanders (.444) this season ... Mendoza is hitting at a .436 clip with runners on base and leads the Cardinal with an .802 slugging percentage.
Sorensen Now 21-1 In Circle: Sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen continues her domination in the circle, and added two more wins to her record last week ... The righthander picked up a non-conference win over Fresno State and also earned the win in the opening game against Cal ... For the week, she was 2-0 with 15 strikeouts in 16.1 innings of work ... She hasn't loss in her last 16 outings (since Feb. 18) and has a 7.8 strikeout to walk ratio ... She needs one more win to tie her season best of 22, which she had as a freshman ... She is also three wins shy of tying the all-time season record for wins of 24 ... Sorensen is second in the nation with a 0.38 ERA and 11.2 Ks per game ... She is 13th in victories nationally ... Sorensen is holding opponent batters to an .111 average at the plate and has 15 shutouts (two combined) in 22 appearances.
Two-Baggers For Beeson: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson hit her team-leading 14th double of the year earlier this week and is three short of tying her career best of 17, which she set as as sophomore ... Beeson is tied for the conference lead and is among the top in the nation in doubles ... She leads the Cardinal in Pac-10 play with her .308 batting average and is hitting at a .410 clip on the season ... Her 49 RBI leads the team and ranks eighth in the nation ... Her nine homers are second on the squad ... Beeson has been clutch with runners in scoring position, hitting .484 ... She leads the team with 21 two-out RBIs ... Her .730 slugging percentage ranks eighth in the league and second on the squad.
Notes From Around the Bullpen: The Stanford pitching staff is holding its opponents to a .149 average at the plate (second in the Pac-10) and sports a 0.91 ERA ... The Cardinal has a conference-best 112 batters struck out looking ... In the Pac-10, Stanford is tops in saves (6) and second in home runs allowed (7) ... The pitching staff is averaging just under eight K's a game and has notched 362 Ks in 307 innings pitched while only walking 65 ... Maureen LeCocq posts a 12-4 record with a 0.98 ERA ... She has a career-high 69 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched ... Tori Nyberg picked up her fourth win of the year this week while Jaime Forman-Lau notched her third win in the circle ... Nyberg has 31 Ks in 34 innings of work ... Forman-Lau leads the Pac-10 with four saves, which is also sixth in the nation.
Stanford's Stars and Stripes: The Cardinal had three players selected to participate in the USA Women's National Team Camp, May 30-June 3 in Chula Vista, Calif. ... Sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen, junior centerfielder Jessica Mendoza and junior first baseman Sarah Beeson were among 51 of the nation's finest women's fast pitch softball players selected for the camp ... USA Softball will select two 16-player teams to represent the U.S. in international competitions such as the U.S. Cup in Honolulu, the Canada Cup in Vancouver and the Pan Am Qualifier in Maracay, Venezuela during the 2001 season ... Fifth-year head coach John Rittman was also selected as one of 12 coaches to form the National Team Coaches Pool through the 2004 Olympic Games ... These 12 coaches will also participate in the camp later this spring and will be eligible for selection to such important coaching assignments as the 2001 U.S. Cup in Hawaii, 2001 Canada Cup in Vancouver the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship in Canada, and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.