April 22, 2000
Stanford, Calif. -- A home run by sophomore All-America OF Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) propelled the 12th-ranked Stanford softball team (36-12, 4-8 Pac-10) to a 2-0 victory over ninth-ranked California (41-15, 3-9 Pac-10) today at the Stanford Softball Complex.
Freshman P Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA) threw her first shutout of the season, for her team-leading 10 complete games on the year. Sorensen (19-6) struckout 10 batters, the third time this season she has struckout 10 or more, and allowed seven hits in the game.
Stanford and Cal played to a scoreless tie through three complete innings of play, before Mendoza began the bottom of the fourth inning with a home run to right field. The home run is Mendoza's ninth on the season, tying the single-season record which she set last season. The Cardinal kept the inning alive with a one-out walk to senior All-America C Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA), followed by singles from freshmen LF Cassie Brangham (Clovis, CA) and DP Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) to load the bases. Cal then removed starting pitcher Jocelyn Forest (18-8) for reliever Nicole DiSalvio, who immediately gave up a RBI single to junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA).
The Cardinal took two of the three games from the Golden Bears this season. Two or fewer runs decided all three games. Stanford defeated Cal by 2-0 scores in each of its wins and lost a 6-5 decision in 12 innings at California.
The Cardinal will host Sacramento State on Tuesday in a non-conference double-header beginning at 2 p.m.