Stanford Wins Two In First Day Of Fiesta Bowl Tournament

Feb. 7, 2003

Phoenix, Ariz. - After splitting with Pacific to open its 2003 season, the Stanford softball team got back on the winning track with two wins in the first day of the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament. The Cardinal improve to 3-1 on the year with a 2-1 victory over Massachusetts and an 8-0 win over UNLV in five innings.

In the first game, senior pitcher Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) picked up her second win in 2003. Nyberg went the distance, recording five shutout innings and allowed only five hits. The Cardinal jumped on the scoreboard first, scoring in the first inning.

Stanford added an insurance run in the top of the sixth to go up 2-0. Massachusetts started a rally of its own, but only managed one run.

The bats were alive in the second game, as Stanford defeated UNLV 8-0 in five innings off of nine hits. Freshman pitcher Laura Severson (Frankfort, IL) got the start and threw three scoreless innings. Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) pitched the forth and Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) handled the fifth inning for the Cardinal. Sorensen, a two-time All-American, saw her first action since the 2001 season after redshirting last year due to a knee injury. Severson, LeCocq and Sorensen all combined to record the shutout one-hitter.

Freshman Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ), senior Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA) and sophomore Meghan Sickler (Houston, TX) all hit doubles for the Cardinal against the Rebels. Stanford scored six runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back en route to their five inning, 8-0 victory.

The Cardinal will continue tournament action tomorrow against CS Fullerton and Southwest Texas at the ASU Fiesta Bowl Tournament.

Game 1Stanford		100  001  0	2-8-0UMass		000  001  0	1-5-1

WP: Tori Nyberg (2-0)LP: Noltz (0-1)Records: Stanford 2-1, UMass 0-1

Game 2 UNLV 000 00 0-1-1Stanford 602 0x 8-9-0

WP: Laura Severson (1-1)LP: McDonald (0-2)2B: Morris, Brangham, Sickler (STAN)Records: Stanford 3-1, UNLV 2-3

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