April 16, 2000
Stanford, Calif. -- The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team (34-11, 3-8 Pac-10) lost its second consecutive game to 23rd-ranked Oregon (29-17, 4-6 Pac-10) 3-2 today at the Stanford Softball Complex. The Cardinal led 2-0 after four innings of play, but the Ducks scored twice in the fifth and once in the seventh inning to secure the win.
Stanford freshman P Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) pitched her eighth complete game of the season, but suffered the loss to drop to 17-6 for the year. Sorensen, who tied her third highest strikeout total of the season with seven against the Ducks, allowed only two earned runs in the contest, while limiting Oregon to seven hits and two bases on balls.
Stanford started the scoring in the bottom of the third inning, when they scored two-runs on three hits off Oregon P Andrea Vidlund. After junior OF Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) struckout to begin the inning,, sophomore SS Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) singled and advanced to second on a hit by sophomore All-America OF Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS), who extended her hit streak to eight games. Walker scored on sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson's (Tucson, AZ/Canyon Del Oro HS) single. Mendoza and Beeson advanced to third and second bases, respectively, on Oregon's attempt to throw Walker out at home. That setup senior C Kellie Wiginton's (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) one-out sacrifice fly to left field which drove in Mendoza.
The Cardinal remained in control of the game until the fifth inning, when the Ducks took advantage of two Cardinal errors to tie the score. Andrea Vidlund led off the inning with a single and advanced to third base on a ball bunted by teammate Holly Ray. Sorensen field Ray's bunt and threw it to first base where freshman 2B Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) was covering and mishandled the ball. Vidlund then scored on a Andrea Gustafson single, which also advanced Ray to third. Oregon tied the score when Gustafson stole second base and the throw from Wiginton went into center field, allowing Ray to reach the plate.
For the game, Stanford left seven runners on base, including runners in scoring position in the sixth and seventh innings.
Oregon scored the go-ahead run in the top 0f the seventh inning on three consecutive one-out singles.
The Cardinal returns to action on Wednesday, April 19, as they travel to Fresno State for a non-conference doubleheader. The first game begins at 6 p.m.