No. 3 Softball Downs Baylor 5-2 For Eighth Straight Win
March 5, 2002
STANFORD, Calif. - Even when it plays under the lights, the No. 3 Stanford softball team looks like a winner.
The Cardinal (19-2) registered its eighth consecutive win on Tuesday night at Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium, defeating Baylor 5-2. The contest was the first in program history to be played under the new stadium lights, which were installed prior to the 2002 season.
Stanford managed to take the early lead on the Lady Bears (24-5), scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning with two out. Back-to-back RBI singles by Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Cassi Brangham (Clovis, Calif.) gave the Cardinal a 2-0 advantage.
Stanford would push two more runs across in the home half of the second. With two out, senior Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) laced a triple into center field to score Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.), who singled to reach base. Senior Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ari.) followed with an RBI single down the left field line to score Mendoza, making it 4-0.
Baylor answered back with one run in the top of the third after Kelly Levesque came around to score on Kristen Lancaster's fielder's choice, ultimately cutting the lead to 4-1.
The Cardinal would tack on its final run in the bottom of the third as Brangham drilled a 2-2 pitch over the right field fence for her second home run of the season and a 5-1 Stanford lead.
The Lady Bears' Sarah Caudle scored the final run of the game on a fielder's choice in the sixth inning.
Junior Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) improved to 12-1 on the year in the circle, working six innings and scattering five hits while striking out three. LeCocq hurled a hitless inning in relief to close out the ballgame.
Stanford travels to Tampa, Fla., to compete in this weekend's Speedline Invitational, which gets underway Thursday afternoon. The Cardinal will face Western Michigan at 5 p.m. EST/2 p.m. PST and Illinois-Chicago at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST when pool play begins Thursday.