No. 3 Softball Routs Southern Utah 16-1 In Saturday Action

March 2, 2002

ST. GEORGE, Utah - The No. 3 Cardinal enjoyed an offensive explosion against Southern Utah, cruising to a 16-1 triumph over the Thunderbirds in its first game of the afternoon. Stanford (16-2) recorded season-highs in runs (16), hits (16) and home runs (3) against a committee of three Southern Utah (10-11) pitchers, including a 10-run seventh inning.

The 16-run total was Stanford's largest since a 16-0 five-inning shutout of Utah State in the second game of a doubleheader on April 1, 1999. Sophomore Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, Texas) paced the Card going 3-5 with 5 RBI, as Stanford's top five hitters in the lineup went a combined 15-25 with 14 runs scored and 12 RBI.

Stanford got on the board early, courtesy of a four-run first inning outburst. Senior Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) led off the game with her sixth double of the season and came around to score the first run of the game on a wild pitch. After Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) popped out to shortstop, Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ari.) and Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) both drew walks to load the bases. Allister then deposited a 1-1 pitch over the left field fence for a three-run home run and a 4-0 Cardinal lead.

The Cardinal extended its lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth via the long ball. With one out in the inning, Walker and Mendoza scorched back-to-back home runs- the first time Cardinal teammates have accomplished the feat in 2002.

Southern Utah scratched out its only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Crystal Bingham scored on the first leg of a double steal to make it 6-1.

The 10-run onslaught in the seventh inning would ultimately put the game away. Beeson reached on an error and came around to score on Allister's first double of the inning, making it 7-1. Following Maureen LeCocq's (Woodland Hills, Calif.) RBI single, freshman Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.) drove in two runs with an RBI single to left field to increase the lead to 10-1. Pinch hitter Jessica Draemel (Omaha, Neb.) brought home Meghan Sickler (Houston, Texas) with a sacrifice fly, before Walker picked up her second RBI of the contest with a single to plate Nelson to give Stanford a 12-1 edge. Mendoza followed with an RBI double to score Walker for the 13th run, and came around to score on a fielder's choice by Kira Ching to make it 14-1. Consecutive RBI doubles by Allister and LeCocq put the finishing touches on the 10-run inning.

Junior Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) chalked up her sixth win of the season in the circle, scattering six hits and striking out one.

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