Feb. 12, 2000
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- No. 21 Stanford beat Georgia 8-3 and Wisconsin 5-4 to go to 4-0 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Saturday, played at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex. Stanford is now 6-0 on the season while the Bulldogs fell to 4-6 and the Badagers fell to 2-2.
The Cardinal jumped on Georgia early, as has been its pattern in this tournament. Georgia took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Stanford got an RBI single from sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) and a two-run home run from freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep), her first of the year. Freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) bombed a solo home run well over the center-field fence to open the second and make it 4-1. Beeson and LeCocq added RBI singles and junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) laced a two-run double to the wall in center to make it 8-1 after two innings. Freshman Jaime Forman-Lau (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) took over from there, scattering nine hits over seven innings. The Bulldogs scored twice in the seventh but Forman-Lau (2-0) got a strikeout and two groundouts to close out the game.
Against Wisconsin, Stanford again started fast. In four games in Phoenix, the Cardinal has scored six, two, three and two runs in the first inning. Against the Badgers, LeCocq hit a two-run double to right to put Stanford on the board. But Wisconsin got a walk, an infield single, an error and a grand slam home run from Lindy Barth to take a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the first, marking the first time the Cardinal had trailed all season. While Wisconsin held the Cardinal in check, Stanford freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) would retire 20 of 23 batters following the grand slam to keep the Cardinal in the game.
Stanford finally got going offensively again in the fifth. Junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) led off by beating out a chopper to third base. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) sacrificed Shelburne to second, and sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) drove Shelburne home with a single. Walker advanced to second on the unsuccessful throw to the plate, and took third on a passed ball, then sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) drove her in with a double to tie the game. A Beeson single advanced Mendoza to third, but Wisconsin got out of the inning on a line shot double-play to the third baseman.
The Cardinal got a single from Shideler with one out in the top of the sixth, and Ching then tripled to right-center to drive home the winning run. Sorensen (3-0) then retired the last six batters in order to finish the game.
Stanford concludes play at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Sunday, meeting No. 13 Nebraska at noon MST.