March 23, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 8 Stanford prepared for Saturday's Pac-10 opener by sweeping a doubleheader from Cal Poly 6-2 and 4-1 Thursday afternoon at the Stanford Softball Complex. The Cardinal improves to 28-3 with its 11th and 12th consecutive wins, while the Mustangs fall to 10-15.
Stanford got on the board early in the opener, scoring two in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) started things off with a double to left-center, and sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) brought her home with an RBI single to left-center. Beeson took second on the throw to the plate, then advanced to third when freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) singled up the middle. Ching stole second base and Beeson scored when no one covered the bag, allowing the catcher's throw to sail into center.
Cal Poly got the runs back in the top of the third. Natalie Carrillo drew a leadoff walk and Nicole Dansby sigled down the right-field line. Dansby advanced to second on a groundout and Christie Wells drove them both in with a single to left-center. The Cardinal got the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Walker led off with a single through the left side, and advanced on a groundout. Beeson singled to center and Ching walked to load the bases. Freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) then hit a two-run single to center field. The Cardinal put another pair on the board in the fifth. Beeson doubled to right-center, then Ching hit a grounder through the hole. Both the shortstop and the center fielder dove, but the ball made it all the way to the wall for Ching's third triple of the season. LeCocq then drove Ching home with a sacrifice fly.
Stanford freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) got the win to improve to 13-3. LeCocq pitched the last three innings, allowing only only one baserunner, for her second save of the year. Terra Blankenbecler fell to 6-7 for the Mustangs.
In the second game Stanford got on the board in the third. Walker laced a one-out double right down the third-base line. Sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) singled to center for an RBI. Ching then hit a two-run blast to center field to make the score 3-0. It was Ching's third home run of the season.
Stanford got insurance in the bottom of the sixth. Senior Lauren Gellman (Los Gatos, CA/Leigh HS) led off with a pinch-hit single through the left side. Junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) singled to right, then Walker drove Gellman home with a single lined between short and third. The Mustangs got on the board in the top of the seventh. Julie Fuhrman and Jackie Wayland hit back-to-back singles, and both advanced on a groundout. Fuhrman then scored on a passed ball.
In the circle LeCocq and fellow Stanford freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS) combined on a two-hitter. LeCocq (4-0) picked up a win to go with the save she earned earlier in the day. Nyberg pitched three innings for her fourth save.
Mendoza, who was 5-for-6 with a walk Wednesday at Pacific, went 0-for-3 in the first game to end her hitting streak at 19 games. She went 3-for-4 in the second game. For the Mustangs, Dansby had a hit and scored a run in the first game and went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.
Stanford returns to action Saturday with its Pac-10 opener at No. 4 California at 1:00. Stanford then hosts the Golden Bears Sunday at 1:00. Cal Poly hosts No. 11 Cal State Fullerton Saturday at noon in a doubleheader.