No. 3 Softball Splits Doubleheader With No. 8 California

March 30, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 3 Stanford softball came away with its second split in as many weekends on Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinal and No. 8 California completed their season series. Stanford recorded a 6-0 shutout in the opener, while the Golden Bears answered with a 7-6 victory in the nightcap.

Stanford is now 28-5 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 action, while California improves to 35-11 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

Stanford was led by junior Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) in game one, as the Cardinal hurler limited the Bears to four hits in a complete-game shutout for her 10th win.

The Cardinal tallied four runs in the bottom of the second inning, highlighted by Kira Ching's (San Lorenzo, Calif.) two-run single with two outs, which scored Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) for a 4-0 lead. Later in the fourth, Mendoza's RBI single plated pinch-runner Heather Shook (Whittier, Calif.) for the fifth Stanford run and Sarah Beeson's (Tucson, Ariz.) RBI groundout capped the scoring at 6-0.

Ching and Beeson led the Cardinal with two RBI, while Walker was 1-3 with two runs scored. The attendance of 962 in the first game set a new Cardinal softball record.

In the nightcap, the Golden Bears hung on to claim a 7-6 win over its cross-bay rivals. California broke out with two runs in the top of the first inning, but Stanford answered with one run in the home half when Mendoza scored on Beeson's sacrifice fly to make it 2-1.

The Golden Bears used back-to-back RBI singles to increase their lead to 5-1 in the second innning, and added two more runs in the fourth when Kaleo Eldrege scored on a bases loaded walk and Candace Harper scored on a wild pitch.

Beeson hit her fourth home run of the year to open the fourth inning, cutting the Cal lead to 7-2. Stanford would continue its rally in the sixth inning, when Jessica Allister's (Nacogdoches, Texas) RBI single scored Mendoza and LeCocq's RBI double plated Ching to make it 7-4.

Mendoza's two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh cut the Golden Bear lead to 7-6, but Cal hurler Jocelyn Forest was able to retire the side and preserve the win.

Forest is now 16-6 on the season, while Stanford starter Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) suffered just her third loss in 20 starts, allowing seven runs and five hits in three innings of work.

Stanford will host Fresno State in a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday at 5 p.m.

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