Feb. 19, 2000
POWAY, Calif. -- No. 21 Stanford used a two-run homer from sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) and a grand slam from freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) to beat No. 15 Long Beach State 8-0 in five innings at the Campbell/Cartier Classic Saturday afternoon at Sportsplex USA. Mendoza hit two more home runs in the second game as Stanford beat San Diego State 3-1. The Cardinal improves to 11-1 on the season while the '49ers fall to 6-5 and San Diego State to 4-10.
In the opener, Long Beach's Traci Hensel (3-3) became only the second pitcher in 11 games to throw a scoreless first inning against Stanford this season. But the Cardinal bats came alive in the third. Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) led off the inning by getting hit by a pitch. Ching sacrificed her to second, then junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) reached on an error by the shortstop deep in the hole. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) drove in Shideler on a single through the left side, and Shelburne and Wiginton both took an extra base on the unsuccessful throw to the plate. Sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) hit a grounder to the third baseman, who checked Shelburne back to the bag. Walker was thrown out at first, but Shelburne used her speed to beat the relay from the first baseman to the plate for the second run. Mendoza, the Stanford career leader in home runs after hitting nine as a freshman, then hit a rocket well over the right-field fence for a two-run homer, her first of the year. She also had a bunt single and beat out another infield hit to go 3-for-3 for the game.
The Cardinal got four more in the fourth off Kelly Nasrawi, who relieved Hensel to start the inning. Freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) walked to lead off the inning, then freshman Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA/Clovis HS) hit a opposite-field one-hopper to the wall in left-center. Shideler walked to load the bases, then Ching hit an opposite-field blast of her own, clearing the wall in right-center. It was the second home run of the year for Ching, who sat out both of Friday's games with a sprained ankle suffered Thursday night.
In the circle, Stanford freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS), pitching only two miles from her house, mowed down all nine batters she faced, allowing only one ball out of the infield. Freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS) faced only seven batters over the last two innings to finish off the shutout. Sorensen (5-1) and Nyberg also combined for a five-inning shutout the day before against Tennessee. It was Stanford's third win over a top-20 team this season.
In the second game, Mendoza hit another home run, a solo shot to left-center, to start the scoring in the first inning. In the bottom of the third, Wiginton led off with a single deep in the hole at short. One batter later, Mendoza hit her third home run of the day, to right field, to make it 3-0. The Aztecs cut it to 3-1 with two singles and an RBI double by Kellie Nordhagen in the top of the fifth.
Freshman Jaime Forman-Lau (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) struck out a season-high 10 batters in five innings to improve to 4-0 on the season. Nyberg relieved her to start the sixth inning and got her second save. The Aztecs loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh, but Nyberg got a groundout to LeCocq at second on a 3-2 pitch. Nyberg, who made her first appearances of the season Friday after missing time with a rib injury, has now thrown 10 scoreless innings in four appearances this weekend.
Stanford concludes play at the Campbell/Cartier Tournament Sunday, meeting Cal State Northridge at 2:30.