Dana Sorensen Fires No-Hitter As Stanford Beats Georgia 2-0

Feb. 28, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - Junior Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) fanned 15 batters and recorded her first no-hitter of her career as the 11th-ranked Stanford softball team beat No. 12 Georgia 2-0 in the Cardinal's second game of the Stanford Classic on Friday at the Boyd & Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal dropped a 2-0 contest to Long Beach State earlier in the day, to stand at 13-4 on the year.

Sorensen allowed just four Bulldog base runners; two on walks, one hit-by-pitch and one reached on a Cardinal error.

After going down 1-2-3 in the first, Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) led off the second inning with a single to right field. Katherine Hoffman (Kansas City, MO) came in to run for LeCocq and advanced to second on Cassi Brangham's (Clovis, CA) hit that was mishandled by the Georgia defense. Freshman Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) then singled in Hoffman for Stanford's first score of the game. Michelle Thiry (Renton, WA) kept the Cardinal rally going with a base hit of her own to left field scoring Brangham for the 2-0 Stanford lead.

The Cardinal threatened in the third when Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA) doubled to right centerfield with one out, but was left stranded. Elizabeth Bendig (Santa Ana, CA) led off the fifth inning with a double, but the Georgia pitcher retired the next three Stanford batters to end the rally. LeCocq got her second hit of the game in the sixth inning, but could not get around to score.

Sorensen finished her no-hitter with three big strikeouts to end the game in the top of the seventh and picked up her fourth win of the season. The Cardinal was the first team to shutout the Bulldogs this season and handed their pitcher her first loss of the season.

Stanford's first game of the tournament resulted in a 2-0 loss to Long Beach State. The Cardinal could not get the offense going, recording only three hits. Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) led off the game with a double to left field, but that was as close as Stanford would get to scoring.

Long Beach broke the 0-0 tie in the top of the sixth when Lauren Johnson singled, stole second and scored on Arleigh Thorp's base hit. Thorp would then score on a Cardinal error off of Rozanne Staniorski's hit for the 2-0 49ers lead.

Senior hurler Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) went the distance in the loss, recording a season-high 10 strikeouts to fall to 7-2 overall.

Play will continue tomorrow at the Stanford Classic, beginning at 11 a.m. with Georgia and Long Beach State. The Cardinal will then battle Texas A&M at 1:15 to conclude round-robin play. The teams will be seeded and games will be held at 3:30 and 5:45 p.m. at the Smith Family Stadium.

Game 1Long Beach State	000  002  0	2-5-1No. 11 Stanford 	000  000  0	0-3-1WP: Meredith Cervenka (2-3)LP: Tori Nyberg (7-2)2B: Lauren Lappin, STAN2 Hits: Arleigh Thopr, LBSU; Lauren Lappin, STAN

Game 2No. 12 Georgia 000 000 0 0-0-2No. 11 Stanford 020 000 x 2-6-1WP: Dana Sorensen (4-0)LP: Lacey Gardner (7-1)2B: Kira Ching and Elizabeth Bendig, STAN2 Hits: Maureen LeCocq

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