Feb. 11, 2000
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- No. 21 Stanford used a pair of offensive explosions to beat No. 16 UMass 9-7 and UNLV 12-2 to open play at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Friday, played at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex. Stanford improves to 4-0 on the young season. The Minutewomen fall to 0-1 and the Rebels to 2-1, although both teams played again later Friday afternoon.
Stanford scored six runs in the top of the first inning to get the jump on UMass. The Cardinal got a lead-off single from senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) in the first. After she was sacrificed to second, sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) singled to left and sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) hit a chopper over the first baseman's head to score two. Freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) singled, before the Minutewomen made the second out. Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) drove in Beeson, who had advanced on a groundout. Freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) hit a two-run single to right, and junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) drove her in with a double. Freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) allowed only two hits and one run in three innings.
The Minutewomen rallied with four runs in the fourth and two more in the sixth, getting four walks, two Stanford errors and a single in the fourth, and a two-run home run by freshman Brandi Cross in the sixth to cut it to 9-7, the closest they had been since the start of the game. But Stanford freshman Jaime Forman-Lau (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) had three of her five strikeouts after that to earn the win, her first of the year. LeCocq went 3-for-4 and Beeson was 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the offense.
Stanford's quick-strike attack jumped out early again in the second game, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning against the Rebels, but UNLV responded when Racheal Goodpaster hit a two-run homer to straight-away center in the bottom of the first. Those were the only runs Sorensen and Forman-Lau would permit, however, and the Cardinal offense took over from there. Wiginton and Shideler added RBI in the second and third, and then Stanford put up eight runs off of three different Rebel pitchers in the fourth. Beeson started the scoring with a two-run single down the left-field line and Stanford kept hitting and drawing walks. Forman-Lau pitched a scoreless fourth and fifth inning and the game was called after five due to the eight-run rule. Sorensen got the win to improve to 2-0 on the year. Beeson finished 3-for-3 with three RBI and is now 9-for-14 (.643) with 10 RBI in four games this season. Sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) was 4-for-4 against the Rebels and Wiginton went 3-for-4.
Stanford returns to action at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Saturday, meeting Georgia at 1:30 MST and Wisconsin at 3:30 MST. The tournament concludes Sunday.