May 5, 2000
Eugene, Ore. -- The 10th-ranked Stanford softball team (42-14, 6-10 Pac-10) set a new school record for wins in a season with its 2-1 victory over 16th-ranked Oregon (33-23, 5-11 Pac-10) today at Howe Field. Rained delayed the start of the game by a hour and 20 minutes.
The Cardinal took a 2-0 lead in the sixth inning when sophomore SS Robin Walker led off with a walk, which was followed by sophomore OF Jessica Mendoza, the current Pac-10 Player of the Week, being hit by a pitch. After a passed ball advanced the runners, sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson hit a grounder to third base, allowing Walker to score. Beeson reached base safely on a fielder's choice. Two batters later and with Mendoza at third, freshman DP Maureen LeCocq hit a ground ball to the third baseman that was misplayed allowing Mendoza to score to give Stanford a 2-0 lead.
Stanford had threatened to score in the top of the first inning when Mendoza reached on an error and later stole second. Beeson then singled to right field, but Oregon threw out Mendoza at home for the final out.
After going down in order in the second and third inning, the Cardinal mounted an attack in the fourth. Walker led off with a double, followed by a base on balls by Mendoza. Once again both runners advanced on a passed ball and LeCocq earned a bases loaded walk, but junior 3B Jenni Shideler's foul fly ball ended the inning.
Freshman starting pitcher Dana Sorensen (21-7) did not allow a hit until the fifth inning when Oregon's Andrea Vidlund singled to with one out and a runner on base via a walk. Sorensen got out of the inning by striking out the final two batters. Sorensen finished the game for 14th complete game of the year, striking out five and allowing only three hits.
Oregon scored its lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a home run by Jill Robinson, ending Sorensen's streak of 38 innings without allowing an earned run.
The Cardinal will play games at Oregon State on Saturday and Sunday.