No. 6 Softball Hosts Stanford Invitational

Feb. 9, 2005

Cardinal Host Stanford Invitational: The sixth-ranked Stanford softball team (3-1, 0-0 Pac-10), continue their non-conference schedule this weekend when they host the Stanford Invitational, February 11-13 at the Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Joining the Cardinal will be Kentucky (0-5), San Diego State (5-0), DePaul (3-2), No. 21 Long Beach State (4-1) and Cal Poly (5-2).

Tournament Schedule:
Friday, Feb. 11, Kentucky vs. LBSU, 9 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, Kentucky vs. SDSU, 11 a.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, DePaul vs. LBSU, 1 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, DePaul vs. Cal Poly, 3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, vs. San Diego State, 5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 11, vs. Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, SDSU vs. DePaul, 9 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, SDSU vs. LBSU, 11 a.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, vs. DePaul, 1 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, vs. Kentucky, 3 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, Cal Poly vs. Kentucky, 5 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 12, LBSU vs. Cal Poly, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13, DePaul vs. Kentucky, 9 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13, Cal Poly vs. SDSU, 11 a.m.
Sunday, Feb. 13, vs. Long Beach State, 1 p.m.

About San Diego State: The Aztecs are coached by Kathy Van Wyk ... SDSU went 5-0 last weekend to open the season ... They are led by Lacey Craft (.600, 6 H, 4 RBI) and Taryin Casillas (.500, 7 H, 5 RBI) ... In the circle, Celena Velaquez is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 19 K's ... Stanford holds a 7-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Aztecs ... The two teams split their two meetings in 2003 with the Cardinal winning 3-0 and falling 0-2 ... The Aztecs will host San Diego on Wednesday before traveling to Stanford.

About DePaul: The Blue Demons (3-2) are coached by Eugene Lenti, who is in his 13th season at the helm ... DePaul is led by Dana Kenney (.538, 7 H, 3 R) and Saskia Roberson (.333, 5 H, 2 RBI) ... In the circle, the Blue Demons are led by Tracie Adix (0.89, 3-0, 19 K's) ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

About Kentucky: The Wildcats (0-5) are coached by Eileen Schmidt ... UK is led by Meghan Cooper (.462, 6 H 3 RBI) and Emily Marks (.286, 4 H) ... In the circle, the Wildcats are led by Samantha Allen (3.20 ERA, 0-2, 6 K's) and Meghan Cooper (4.00 ERA, 0-2, 4 K's) ... The Cardinal hold a 2-0 lead in the all-time series with Kentucky ... Stanford won both meetings with the Wildcats in 2003 (W, 8-0; W, 4-1).

About Long Beach State: The 49ers (4-1) are coached by Pete Manarino ... LBSU is led by Kristen Miller (.625, 5 H, 4 RBI) and Melanie McCauley (.529, 9 H, 7 RBI) ... In the circle, Long Beach State is led by Marcel Torres (0.82 ERA, 2-0, 17 K's) and Meredith Cervenka (2-1, 3.60 ERA, 13 K's) ... The Cardinal hold a slim 5-4-1 lead in the all-time series with LBSU ... Stanford split its meetings with the 49ers in 2003 (W, 3-2; L, 0-2).

Last Week: The Cardinal went 3-1 last week at the Stanford Classic, picking up two wins over Santa Clara (W, 9-0; W, 19-4) and splitting their contests with Pacific (W, 5-0; L, 3-4) ... Catalina Morris hit three homeruns over the weekend while Lauren Lappin added two ... Leah Nelson also got off to a quick start picking up two triples in four games for the Cardinal ... Laura Severson pitched 18.0 innings over the weekend, going 2-1, with 16 strikeouts.

Stanford Picked Fourth In Preseason Pac-10 Coaches Poll: California has been selected by the Pac-10 Conference softball coaches as the Conference's top team in 2005. The Bears received 44 points, including three first place votes. Just one point behind, Arizona tabbed second place with 43 points, while UCLA was picked third with 42 points. Stanford finished fourth with 30 points, while Oregon and Washington finished fifth and sixth with 22 and 21 points, respectively. Rounding out the rest of the poll was Oregon State with 12 points and Arizona State with 10 points.

Lappin and Rinehart On Player Of The Year Watch List: The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today its initial watch list for the 4th annual USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Award. This award, which is considered the Heisman Trophy in women's collegiate softball, is designed to recognize outstanding athletic achievement by female collegiate softball players across the country. Junior shortstop Lauren Lappin and sophomore outfielder Jackie Rinehart are among those on the list. The watch list is comprised of 40 players that represent 23 colleges and 10 different Conferences. A list of 25 finalists will be announced on April 5.

Head Coach John Rittman: Cardinal head coach John Rittman, now in his ninth year on The Farm, was named the 2004 Pac-10 Coach of the Year after guiding Stanford to its best Pac-10 finish in school history in '04 as they tied for second. He was an assistant coach for the 2004 USA Softball team, that brought home a gold medal in the Athens Summer Olympics. Rittman has compiled a 345-165-1 overall record at Stanford. He has led the Cardinal to seven consecutive NCAA postseason appearances (including two CWS stints) during his tenure and seven consecutive 40 win seasons.

Up Next: The Cardinal hit the road for the first time in 2005, traveling to Tampa for the USF Tournament, Feb. 19-21 ... Stanford will face Hofstra, Jacksonville, Seton Hall, South Florida and Florida A&M.

Cardinal Record When ...

Day Game: 2-1
Night Game: 1-0
7 inning game: 1-1
6 inning game: 0-0
5 inning game: 2-0
Extra inning game: 0-0
One-run game: 0-1
Stanford Scores first: 3-0
Opponent Scores first: 0-1
Stanford leads going into last inning: 3-0
Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-0
Score tied going into last inning: 0-1
Game one of doubleheader: 0-0
Game two of doubleheader: 0-0
Vs. ranked opponents: 0-0
Vs. unranked opponents: 3-1
Last five games: 3-1
Last 10 games: 0-0

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