No. 5 Cardinal Host St. Mary's Before Traveling To Washington and UCLA

April 26, 2005

Cardinal Hits The Road For Continued League Action: The fifth-ranked Stanford softball team (34-9, 8-3 Pac-10), have a mid-week non-conference matchup with St. Mary's (9-41, 2-14, PCSC) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, before hitting the road in continued Pac-10 play. The Cardinal will face #24 Washington (24-15, 4-6 Pac-10) on Friday, April 29 at 2 p.m. Stanford and UCLA will lock horns on Saturday, April 30 at 11 2 p.m. and play a doubleheader on Sunday, May 1 beginning at 11 a.m. Note: The 11 a.m. game is a make-up game for a rain-out at Stanford earlier this season. The Cardinal will be the home team in that contest.

Broadcast Schedule: Saturday's game vs. UCLA will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on ESPN 2 at 6 p.m. PT while Sunday's late game will be shown tape-delayed on ESPN 2 at 7 p.m. PT ... Gary Miller and Stacey Nuveman will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectivley.

Last Week: The seventh-ranked Stanford softball team split a doubleheader with Sacramento State at Shea Stadium in Sacramento ... The Cardinal dropped the first game, 3-2, in 11 innings and won the second, 16-1 in five innings ... Becky McCullough (13-2) took the loss for the Cardinal in the circle, allowing three runs (two earned) on 14 hits over 10.2 innings of work in game one. Junior hurler Laura Severson (13-4) got the win in the circle, allowing one run on one hit over four innings of work in game two ... Stanford's six homeruns set a school record for a single game on The Farm (in game two) ... Stanford took two-of-three games from California over the weekend, winning 6-4 and 2-1 while dropping a 1-0 contest at Berkeley ... Catalina Morris hit .444 vs. the Golden Bears while Jackie Rinehart his .400 with three RBI.

About St. Mary's: The Gaels (9-41) are coached by Jessica Hanaseth (first season)... They are led by Bronwyn Russel (.273, 38 H, 11 RBI) and Eleni Papilias (.250, 35 H, 11 R) ... In the circle, Lauren Gardner leads the staff (1-14, 4.22 ERA, 17 K's) while Megan Galloway (4-15, 6.25 ERA, 39 K's) is right behind her ... Stanford leads the all-time series with SMC 20-6 ... Stanford defeated the Gaels, 7-0, earlier this season ... SMC is hitting .217 on the year with a 5.23 team ERA and .944 fielding percentage.

About Washington: The Huskies (24-15, 4-6) are coached by Heather Tarr ... They are led by Kristen Rivera (.407, 33 H, 14 HR) and Ashley Charters (.385, 45 H, 42 R) ... In the circle, Caitlin Noble leads the staff (11-7, 1.92 ERA, 192 K's) while Ashley Boek (13-8, 2.71, 140 K's) is right behind her ... Washington leads the all-time series with Stanford, 24-15, however, the Cardinal won both earlier meetings with the Huskies in Stanford (W, 6-3 and W, 4-3) ... UW is hitting .297 on the year with a 2.30 team ERA and .956 fielding percentage.

About The Bruins: The Bruins (24-11, 5-5 Pac-10) are coached by Sue Enquist ... They are led by Andrea Duran (.277, 40 H, 30 R) and Emily Zaplatosch (.318, 34 H, 28 RBI) ... In the circle, Anjelica Selden (16-6, 0.62 ERA, 280 K's) leads the staff while Lisa Dodd (2.12, 6-5 ERA, 36 K's) is right behind her ... UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford (31-7) ... The Bruins are hitting .281 on the year with a 1.09 team ERA and .965 fielding percentage ... UCLA won the last meeting between the two teams - a 3-1 win in 12 innings at the WCWS in 2004.

Up Next: The Cardinal return home to the friendly confines of Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium next week where they will host Oregon and Oregon State.

Smith Digs The Long Ball: Freshman Michelle Smith (Agoura Hills, CA) has 16 homeruns on the year, which breaks the previous single-season record of 14 held by former All-American and current USA Softball team member, Jessica Mendoza (2001 and 2002). Smith's 16 homers leads the Pac-10 and she ranks among the top 10 in homeruns per game nationally. Her 46 RBI this season ties her for fifth for a single season.

Notes From The Dugout: Catalina Morris leads the team with 15 mulit-hit games ... Michelle Smith leads the squad with 16 multi-RBI contests ... Catalina Morris has recorded the longest hitting streak of the season (10 games) ... Stanford recorded a season-high 19 hits against DePaul (2/12) earlier this year ... Cardinal pitchers have thrown six one-hitters in 2005 ... Jackie Rinehart is on an eight-game hitting streak heading into the St. Mary's game.

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 losing streak ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponents, 259-88 this year ... The Cardinal have posted 14 shutouts this year ... Stanford has scored 10 or more runs six times in 2005 ... The Cardinal have outscored their opponent in every inning except the 10th ... Stanford is 27-2 when they outhit their opponents ... Stanford's 53 homeruns this season is a Cardinal single-season record and leads the conference in 2005 ... The Cardinal have scored 259 runs in 2005 - the fourth most for a single season ... Their 13 triples this year ties the single season record on The Farm as well (set last year in 2004).

Catalina Morris Watch: Senior centerfielder Catalina Morris (Senoita, AZ) can be found multiple times on the Cardinal career record lists. Morris' 12 career triples to date is a school record. Her 25 career homeruns ranks third and she needs just three more to tie for second (Sarah Beeson, 1999-2002) with 28. Her 11 homeruns this season ranks tied for seventh for a single season. With 170 career hits, Morris has entered the top 10 on The Farm (8th).

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.

ASA Announces Top 25 Candidates For Collegiate Softball Player of the Year: The Amateur Softball Association, the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States, announced today the 25 finalists 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 is among those on the list. On May 10, just days before the start of post-season play, a list of 10 finalists will be named. On May 31 the list will be cut to three and those final three players will travel to Oklahoma City for the announcement of the winner at the 2005 NCAA Women's College World Series.

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.

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