No. 3 Softball Blanks No. 14 Oregon State 7-0

April 6, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - No. 3 Stanford (32-5, 3-2 Pac-10) notched its fourth straight win on Saturday afternoon, blanking No. 14 Oregon State (31-10, 4-1 Pac-10) 7-0 in Corvallis. Senior Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) went 2-4 with three RBI to pace the Cardinal, who shutout the Beavers despite stranding 10 runners on base for the second consecutive game.

Stanford broke through early with two runs in the top of the first inning off Oregon State starter Kristen Hunter. Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) led off the game with a single and moved to third on Beeson's double. Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) RBI groundout to second brought home Walker with the first Cardinal run of the game. Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, Texas) followed with a single to left field, as Beeson came around to score for a 2-0 lead.

The Cardinal would tack on another run in the top of third inning, as Ching uncorked a solo home run over the left field fence- her fifth of the year- for a 3-0 Stanford edge.

The Beavers, who left 14 runners on base, managed to load the bases in the bottom of the second, third and fourth innings, but Stanford hurler Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was able to pitch her way out of trouble in each frame. LeCocq (13-2) has not allowed a run in her last three starts, a span of 19.2 scoreless innings.

Stanford was able to stretch its lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth, courtesy of Beeson's second double of the afternoon. Leah Nelson (Oakland, Calif.) started the rally by reaching on an error by OSU third baseman Clare Burnum. Walker drew a walk and Mendoza singled to right center to load the bases for Beeson, who responded with a three-run double to right field.

The Cardinal posted another run in the top of the fifth, making it 7-0. Cassi Brangham (Clovis, Calif.) led off with a walk and after the next two hitters struck out, Jessica Draemel (Omaha, Neb.) singled to left. Walker followed by roping a double to left center- her 12th of the season- to plate Brangham for the seventh Cardinal run.

LeCocq tossed shutout-ball for the first 5.2 innings, scattering nine hits in the win. Freshman Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana), making her third relief appearance of the year, avoided another OSU threat in the sixth with runners on second and third, but was able to get the final out of the inning.

The Cardinal concludes its three-game weekend road trip on Sunday when it faces Oregon State at 1 p.m.

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