May 18, 2000
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The top-seeded Stanford softball team (45-17) fell to sixth-seed Central Michigan (32-11) 2-1 in 13 innings today in the first round of NCAA Region 8 Championship at Alumni Field. Freshman P Dana Sorensen (22-9) pitched a complete-game, striking out 15 batters, which sets a record for strikeouts at regional championships held at the University of Michigan.
The Chippewas took advantage of three errors, including a dropped fly ball in the 13th inning to steal the victory. CMU's Beck y Manson led off the 13th inning with a single, moving to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on the error in right field. She then scored on a hit through the left side of the infield by Tina Kinney.
The Cardinal had a chance to clinch the game in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jessica Mendoza beat out a ground ball and then stole second base. Two batters later, Kellie Wiginton blooped a ball into center field setting up a play at the plate. Mendoza slightly hesitated on her break from second base and reached home just after the ball for the second out of the inning.
After avoiding a first inning jam, in which Central Michigan loaded the bases, the Cardinal took the lead 1-0 in its half of the inning on Mendoza's two-out home run to left-center field. The home run, her 12th of the season, came on a two ball, two strike count off Central Michigan's Tina Kinney.
After a 40-minute rain delay in the second inning, Central Michigan tied the score at 1-1 in the top of the third ining. The Chippewas capitalized on a fielding error by Dana Sorensen against the first batter of the inning. A sacrifice bunt and a groundball advanced Becky Mason to third base, before an RBI single by CMU's Tina Kinney drove home the run.
Stanford will face the loser of the Michigan-DePaul tomorrow at 10 a.m.