Six Softball Student-Athletes Named To All Pac-10 Team
May 14, 2002
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - Six Stanford student-athletes have been named to the 2002 All Pac-10 Conference team for softball, as announced yesterday in a vote by the conference coaches. Highlighting the Stanford selections were seniors Sarah Beeson (Tucson, Ariz.) and Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.)- who were named to the First Team.
In addition to Beeson and Mendoza, junior Tori Nyberg (Belmont, Calif.) and senior Robin Walker (La Palma, Calif.) were named to the Second Team. Junior Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, Calif.) and sophomore Jessica Allister (Nacogdoches, Texas) made the Honorable Mention squad.
Mendoza has started all but one of the 61 games for Stanford so far this season. She currently holds the longest winning streak of the season on the squad at 11 games, and is the current all-time leader in career batting average, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, runs scored and stolen bases. She is hitting .372 with 62 runs scored, 14 homers, 44 RBI and 132 total bases.
Beeson has played and started in 59 of the 61 games and is an Academic All-District VII awardee. She leads the team with a .387 average, 45 RBI and .488 on base percentage. She is also second in hits with 65 and a .571 slugging percentage.
Nyberg has been the staff ace for the Cardinal this season, going 25-9 with a 1.45 ERA. She has 25 complete games to her credit, and has worked 226.1 IP with 198 strikeouts.
Walker has started all 61 games at shortstop and has yet to miss a game in her four-year career. She is fourth on the team with a .284 average and has totaled 59 hits, 50 runs scored, four home runs and 23 RBI. She also leads the squad in doubles with 18.
Ching has played and started 58 of the 61 games and has reached base safely in 10 of her last 12 games. She is hitting .326 on the year, with 57 hits, nine home runs and 42 RBI. Ching has also stolen 13-of-18 bases.
Allister is hitting at a .270 clip (fifth best average on the team) and has committed only one error in 336 chances. She leads the team with 17 two-out RBI, and chipped in with 47 hits and 39 RBI along with six homers.