No. 3 Cardinal Host Stanford Round Robin

March 16, 2005

Cardinal Host Stanford Round Robin: The third-ranked Stanford softball team (18-2, 0-0 Pac-10), are back in action this weekend, hosting the Stanford Round Robin, March 19-20, at the Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal open with Utah at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

About Utah: The Utes (8-12) are coached by Mona Stevens ... They are led by Devina Quintero (.340, 17 H, 4 RBI) and Bryanne Durrence (.302, 16 H, 9 RBI) ... In the circle, Brianna Gourdin leads the staff (5-6, 1.59 ERA, 50 K's) ... Stanford holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with the Utes ... Last season, the two teams met at the NCAA Regional in Palo Alto, Calif, with the Cardinal winning, 1-0 ... Utah is hitting .247 as a team with a .941 fielding percentage and a 2.66 ERA.

About Princeton: The Tigers are coached by Maureen Barron ... Princeton is 9-3 after splitting a double-header with St. Mary's on Monday ... They will play UC Davis, Colorado State and Pacific before Saturday's games ... The Tigers are led by Erin Snyder (.361, 13 H, 10 RBI) and Melissa Finley (.361, 13 H, 10 RBI) ... In the circle, the squad is led by Kristen Schaus (3-1, 0.96 ERA, 46 K's) and Erin Snyder (4-1, 1.06 ERA, 54 K's) ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

Last Week: The Cardinal had the week off for finals ... Stanford went 2-1 at the Worth Invitational the week before, beating Boston College (8-0) and host-CS Fullerton (6-4) and fell 4-6 to Northwestern. Leah Nelson hit .556 for the tournament (5-for-9) with two homeruns (five RBI) while Anna Beardman hit .500 (3-for-6) with three RBI.

Stanford Digs The Long Ball: Freshman Michelle Smith (Agoura Hills, CA) has started off 2005 with a bang. The third baseman has hit a team-leading nine homeruns in 20 games played. Junior Catalina Morris (Sonoita, AZ) is right behind her with seven homeruns on the season. The Cardinal have 29 homeruns so far in 2005 - that ranks tied for fifth for a single season on The Farm.

Cardinal Hit Parade: Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, CA) and Leah Nelson (Oakland, CA) lead the team with 24 hits each. Lappin, who is hitting at a .414 clip, and Nelson, batting .436, are tied for 10th in the league in hits. Lappin leads the squad with 25 runs scored while Nelson has tallied 19 to date. Michelle Smith checks in with 21 hits in 20 games and leads the team with 20 RBI on the year. Nelson is second with 19.

In the Rankings: The Pac-10 Conference is again showing its might in the latest national poll. Three of the top five teams hail from the Conference of Champions while four teams grace the top 10. Seven of the eight league schools are found in the top 25 this week.

Up Next: The Cardinal will host the Stanford Tournament, March 24-26, at the Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium. Joining Stanford will be Illinois, UNLV, Hawaii, Northwestern and St. Mary's.

Notes From The Dugout: Leah Nelson leads the team with nine mulit-hit games ... Michelle Smith leads the squad with eight multi-RBI contests ... Jackie Rinehart is on a three-game hitting streak heading into this weekend's games ... Catalina Morris, Jackie Rinehart and Lauren Lappin have hit 1-2-3 in the batting order for every game this season ... Stanford recorded a season-high 19 hits against DePaul (2/12) earlier this year ... Cardinal pitchers have thrown four one-hitters in 2005.

This and That: Stanford's longest winning streak of the season was a 14 game stretch (from 2/12 to 3/5) ... They are currently on a one-game win streak ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponents, 148-37 this year ... The Cardinal have posted eight shutouts this year ... Stanford has scored 10 or more runs three times in 2005 ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponent in every inning except the seventh ... Stanford is 14-1 when they outhit their opponents.

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 361-166-1 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.

Cardinal Record When ...

Day Game: 13-1
Night Game: 5-1
7 inning game: 10-2
6 inning game: 0-0
5 inning game: 8-0
Extra inning game: 0-0
One-run game: 2-1
Stanford Scores first: 14-0
Opponent Scores first: 4-2
Stanford leads going into last inning: 18-0
Opponent leads going into last inning: 0-1
Score tied going into last inning: 0-1
Game one of doubleheader: 0-0
Game two of doubleheader: 0-0
Vs. ranked opponents: 1-1
Vs. unranked opponents: 17-1
Last five games: 4-1
Last 10 games: 9-1

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