Sarah Beeson Hits Four Doubles As Stanford Sweeps Sacramento State
May 2, 2001
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Junior Sarah Beeson went 5-for-8 with fourdoubles as the No. 3 Stanford softball team swept Sacramento State ina non-conference doubleheader on Wednesday afternoon at Shea Stadium.The Cardinal took the first game 11-0 in five innings, and the secondby a score of 3-2 in eight innings. Stanford improves to 46-9-1 onthe year while Sac State falls to 17-34.
In Game 1, the Cardinal jumped out to a comfortable 3-0 lead in thetop of the first. Robin Walker drew a base on balls to lead off thegame and Jessica Mendoza was hit by a pitch. Sarah Beeson hit anRBI-double off the right field wall and Jessica Allister's single upthe middle scored Mendoza and Beeson for a 3-0 lead.
Stanford exploded for seven runs in the third inning, while sending11 batters to the plate. Beeson led off with a double to rightcenter, then Kira Ching and Allister both singled. Michelle Thirydoubled through the right side and Jenni Shideler was hit by a pitch.Walker then roped a double down the left field line, scoring two.Mendoza walked and Beeson then hit her second double of the inning,this time down the third base line. Walker and Mendoza both scored onthe hit, giving Stanford a 10-0 lead after 2 _ innings of play.
The Cardinal rallied for a single run in the top of the fifth.Mendoza was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and Beesonhad a base hit. Allister drove in Mendoza for the 11-0 lead.
In the circle, Maureen LeCocq pitched four innings of two-hit ball toearn the win. She picked up her sixth shutout of the year whilestriking out two. Jaime Forman-Lau started the fifth and struck outone. LeCocq improves to 15-7 with the win.
For the Hornets, Gina Steenburgen went the distance, giving up 11earned runs. She falls to 4-7 with the loss.
Stanford had 11 hits in the first game. Beeson went 4-for-4 withthree doubles and three RBI while Allister was 3-for-3 with four RBI.With her three RBI, Beeson broke the single-season record for RBI.She now has 60 on the year, which breaks Mendoza's record of 57 from1999.
In Game 2, Stanford didn't get on the board until the fourth inning.Ching's liner to centerfield was dropped, allowing her to reachsecond. Thiry then drove her in with a double off the leftcenterfield wall. Shideler then came up with a clutch, two-outsingle, scoring Thiry for a 2-0 lead.
The Hornets answered in the bottom of the fourth with a single run. Awalk, a fielding error, a grounder and a single led to Sac State'sfirst run of the day. They tied the game in the bottom of the sixth.Veronica Rodrigues drew a leadoff walk, chasing starting pitcher ToriNyberg. The next Hornet batter reached on a throwing error, andRodrigues was able to advance to third. With Jaime Forman-Laupitching in relief for Stanford, Sac State scored the tying run on awild pitch. Forman-Lau struck out the side
In the top of the seventh, Sac State's Nicole Deatherage retired theCardinal in order. Forman-Lau came back and struck out two of threein the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
In the eighth, Mendoza led off with a double to left center. ThenBeeson followed with another double, her fourth of the day, to scoreMendoza for the 3-2 lead. Deatherage struck out two and forced aground out, stranding Beeson on third.
Nyberg pitched the first five innings, allowing three hits and tworuns. Forman-Lau went three innings to earn the win. She didn't allowa hit and struck out seven as she improves to 4-0.
Deatherage pitched all eight innings for Sac State, allowing six hitsand three earned runs. She falls to 7-15.
The Cardinal returns to Pacific-10 Conference play this weekend asthe Arizona schools come to The Farm for the grand opening of Boyd &Jill Smith Family Stadium. On Friday, Stanford hosts No. 11 ArizonaState for a single game at 2:00 p.m. Then on Saturday and Sunday,top-ranked Arizona will be in town for a pair of games.
GAME 1 - Stanford 11, Sacramento State 0 (5)Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 R H E#3 Stanford 3 0 7 0 1 11 11 2Sacramento State 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0WP - Maureen LeCocq (15-7) to Jessica Allister. LP - Gina Steenburgen(4-7) to Meghan Cunningham. Save - None. 2B - Sarah Beeson (STAN) 3,Michelle Thiry (STAN) 2, Robin Walker (STAN), Jillian Bivert (CSUS).3B - None. HR - None. E - Jessica Allister (STAN) 2. LOB - Stanford8, Sacramento State 6. Records: Stanford 45-9-1, Sacramento State17-33.
GAME 2- Stanford 3, Sacramento State 2 (8)Score by Innings 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 R H E#3 Stanford 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3 6 3Sacramento State 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 2 3 2WP - Jaime Forman-Lau (4-0) to Jessica Allister. LP - NicoleDeatherage (7-15) to Meghan Cunningham. Save - None. 2B - MichelleThiry (STAN), Jessica Mendoza (STAN), Sarah Beeson (STAN). 3B - None.HR - None. E - Meghan Cunningham (CSUS), Cathy Coupar (CSUS), JenniShideler (STAN), Sarah Beeson (STAN), Jessica Allister (STAN). LOB -Stanford 6, Sacramento State 7. Records: Stanford 46-9-1, SacramentoState 17-34.