No. 4 Softball Ends Regular Season On The Road In Oregon
May 9, 2001
This Week: The fourth-ranked Stanford softball team concludes the regular season with a trip to Oregon to face Oregon State and Oregon ... The Cardinal will take on Oregon State in a single game on Friday, May 11 and face Oregon in a doubleheader on Saturday, May 12 ... Stanford is currently tied for fourth place in the Pac-10, just one game behind Washington.
NCAA Softball Selection Show: Regional play will be May 17-20 at campus locations, and the Women's College World Series will be May 24-28 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City. Forty-eight teams are selected for championship play. Six teams will participate at each of eight regional sites. The Women's College World Series will include the eight regional winners. Announcement of the 48-team field will be on Sunday, May 13 at 5:30 PT.
Last Week: Stanford went 0-3 in Pac-10 play last week, losing a game to Arizona State and a pair to Arizona ... Two of the three games went to extra innings, including a 15 inning marathon against Arizona ... Sarah Beeson hit .300 for the weekend followed by Robin Walker who hit .250 with three runs sc ored ... Dana Sorensen pitched two games in relief for the Cardinal, going nine innings with 10 K's and one earned run ... Stanford committed seven errors over the three games, including four against ASU.
Did You Know: The Cardinal has posted a school record 29 shutouts in 59 games played this season ... This breaks the 1998 mark (25) for shutouts in a single season ... Last year, the Cardinal had 10 shutouts ... Stanford has notched 10 or more hits in a game 15 times this season and scored 10 or more runs on six occasions ... The Cardinal has outscored its opponents 255-98 on the year, including a 56-14 advantage in the first inning ... Sarah Beeson leads the team with 27 two-out RBI ... As a team, Stanford is hitting .305 with runners in scoring position ... With 86 doubles on the year, the Cardinal leads the Pac-10 ... The pitching staff is 16th in the country with an ERA of 1.13 ... The Cardinal's 40 homers on the year is a school record and is already 12 better than the total from last season.
Rankings Review: Stanford dropped a spot to No. 4 in this week's poll after spending five weeks at No. 3 ... The No. 3 ranking is the highest ranking in school history ... Stanford has been ranked in the top five since March 7th of this year ... 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.
Beaver Bites: The Beavers have equaled last year's win total of 40 ... With eight more wins, OSU will break the school's single-season record for victories ... Junior Crystal Draper is currently tied for 15th in the country in victories with 26. She has started a Conference-leading 34 games and has posted 179 strikeouts in 236. 1 innings of work ... Senior Shawna Feldt ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in doubles with 12 while her teammate Clare Burnum ranks tied for seventh with 11. Feldt and Burnum also have three triples a piece, good enough for third in the Conference.
Duck Dialogue: The Ducks have hit 36 home runs ... Oregon hit two grand slams last week (Custer,Vidlund) ... Sophomore Andrea Vidlund has a team-leading 10 home runs this season, giving her 11 career homers. The mark puts her two shy of breaking the top-10 all-time in Oregon history ... Junior transfer Kristi Hall has started just 14 games for the Ducks, but has been on a tear as of late ... Sophomore Alyssa Laux now owns the school record for being hit by a pitch (18).
From The Dugout: With a win in the second game of a doubleheader against Sacramento State, the Cardinal broke the school record for wins in a season with 46 ... The Cardinal ERA is 1.24, down from last year's 1.38 mark ... Stanford pitching has only allowed 14 home runs this season ... The Cardinal has posted a 19-4 record at home this year and a 20-2-1 record on a neutral field ... Junior Sarah Beeson hit .471 (8-for-17) in five games last week. With her four doubles and six RBI, Beeson broke the Stanford single-season record for RBI (62) and tied the season record for doubles (20), which leads the Pac-10 ... Junior Jessica Mendoza is batting .407. If she finishes the season over .400, it would be the third consecutive year Mendoza has accomplished the feat. Before her, no Cardinal player had even hit the prestigious mark ... Dana Sorensen ranks third nationally in strikeouts, averaging 11.0 per seven innings ... Both Sarah Beeson and Jessica Mendoza are ranked in the top 30 nationally for batting average.
Sorensen Back In the Circle: Sophomore pitcher Dana Sorensen returns after being sidelined with a sore back ... Sorensen returned for the firs time since Cal, last Friday against Arizona State in a relief appearance ... She pitched six scoreless innings in a 15-inning marathon game with Arizona ... 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.
Mendoza Memo: 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 243 hits in her time on The Farm, including 66 this year ... In just her third year, she already holds the school career record for stolen bases (54), home runs (35) and runs scored (160) ... In two games against Sac State earlier this week, she scored four runs, including the winning run in the eighth inning of the second game ... The 2000 Pac-10 Player of the Year is among the nation's leaders with her .407 batting average and 13 homers (0.22 per game) ... She is batting .412 with runners on base and is third on the squad with 14 two-out RBI ... Her .743 slugging percentage and .517 on-base percentage are tops on the team as well.
Beeson Continues To Move Up Career Charts: Junior first baseman Sarah Beeson broke the Stanford single-season RBI record against Sacramento State last Wednesday, bringing her 2001 total to 62 ... Beeson also hit her team and league leading 20th double vs. the Hornets ... She is hitting at a .409 clip with a team-high 70 hits ... Beeson has started all 59 games at first for the Cardinal ... She is hitting .455 with runners on base ... Beeson leads the team with 27 two-out RBI ... She is hitting .500 with runners in scoring position ... Beeson leads the team with 15 multiple RBI games this season.
Notes From Around the Bullpen: The Cardinal pitching staff, comprised of four sophomores, has an ERA of 1.24 ... It has a conference-best 134 batters struck out looking and is third best with 412 strikeouts ... The staff is holding opponent batters to a .169 clip at the plate ... They have given up only 14 homers this season - tied for second in the league ... With six saves, Stanford leads the Pac-10 (along with ASU) in saves ... Maureen LeCocq and Tori Nyberg anchored the Cardinal pitching staff while Dana Sorensen was sidelined ... LeCocq is 15-7 on the year while Nyberg has a 6-2 mark.
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 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.
USA Today/NFCA Top 25 PollMay 9, 2001
Pl. School1. Arizona2. UCLA3. LSU4. Stanford5. Oklahoma6. California7. Alabama8. Notre Dame9. Arizona State10. Cal State Fullerton10. Nebraska12. Washington13. DePaul14. Oregon State15. Iowa16. Florida State17. Fresno State18. Pacific19. Southwest Texas State19. Louisiana-Lafayette21. Michigan22. South Carolina23. Massachusetts23. Cal State Northridge25. Kansas
Others receiving votes: Texas A&M (28), Hawaii (16), Tennessee-Chattanooga (13), Florida (11), Florida Atlantic (8), S. Florida (7), Southern Mississippi (7), Baylor (6), Virginia (5), Villanova (3). Seven other schools were mentioned.
2001 Pac-10 Standings
Team Pac-10 OverallArizona 16-2 54-4UCLA 14-4 53-4Washington 10-8 36-19Stanford 9-9 46-12-1Arizona State 9-9 34-17Oregon State 7-10 40-22-1California 5-12 48-13Oregon 1-17 27-36