Thursday Notebook - 4/17/08
April 17, 2008
Stanford needs to win two more games to secure its 10th 40-win season. Should the Cardinal reach 40 this weekend, it would be just the second time that Stanford has done so in the month of April. The 2001 WCWS team that won a school record 54 games is the only team so far to reach 40 wins before the month of May.
Stanford has beat 14 opponents by eight or more runs this season. Every time the team run-rules an opponent from now on, a new school record is set (previous was 13 run-rules in 2005 and 1999).
Rosey Neill continues her run towards a program record for single-season homeruns. Neill leads the Pac-10 in homeruns (17), is third in the nation (0.39 per game) and is just two short of Michelle Smith's program record (19) set in 2005. Smith needs just two more homeruns to become the second player in school history to hit 40 homeruns in her career.
Maddy Coon looking to become the second player in school history to hit 100 in four different offensive categories. The junior has already reached 100 runs, hits and walks, and needs two more RBI to complete the set. Sarah Beeson is the only other player who has accomplished the feat in her career.
With every walk, Maddy Coon is setting a new program record for single-season walks. She broke the previous record (33) on Mar. 29 and now has 44 in 2008. As a team, Stanford needs to earn just three more walks to match the previous team record (198 in 2002).
Missy Penna needs just 25 strikeouts to reach 300 for the season. Penna and three-time All-American Dana Sorensen are the only Cardinal pitchers to have accomplished the feat. If Penna keeps her current pace, she is likely to break Sorensen's single-season strikeout record this year (358).
With 26 wins, Missy Penna has already posted more victories than any season in her career. Two wins this weekend could put her second only to Dana Sorensen's 2004 win total (34) with a month left in the regular-season.
Stanford has registered an extra-base hit in 43 of its 45 games this season. The Cardinal has not been shut out by any team except top-ranked Arizona State.
Stanford swept its first Pac-10 weekend in nearly two years last week. The Cardinal has never swept back-to-back three-game series' in the Pac-10. A sweep of the Golden Bears would also match the squad's longest conference winning streak (seven games) set in 2005 when the squad won the Pac-10 Championship.