April 19, 2000
FRESNO, Calif. -- The 12th-ranked Stanford softball (35-12) split a doubleheader with fourth-ranked Fresno State (43-10) tonight at Bulldog Diamond. The Cardinal fell in a hard fought first game 1-0, before capturing the second game 4-1 in nine innings. Stanford has won or lost 11 of its last 16 games by two runs or less.
In game one, Fresno State took the lead with a run in the third inning after Becky Witt drew a walk and advanced to second on a groundout by Vanessa Czarneski. Witt reached the plate on a double to left-center field by Amanda Scott. Cardinal P Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) forced a flyout to left field and groundout to the pitcher to end the inning.
Stanford threatened to tie the score in the seventh inning, but pinch runner Deborah Splansky (Los Angeles, CA) was tagged out at the plate attemptig to score on a squeeze play. Sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ) started the inning with a single before being replaced at first by Splansky. Senior C Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA) followed with a base hit to right field, pushing Splansky to third and then advancing to second on the throw. With one out, Fresno State catcher Pam West picked up a LeCocq bunt and proceeded to tag Splansky attempting to score from home. The bunt pushed Wiginton to third and then LeCocq stole second before junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA) struckout to end the inning.
LeCocq (5-3) allowed only one run in the lose, but pitched her fourth complete game of the season. She struckout one batter and allowed seven hits in the game.
In the night cap, the Cardinal placed runners in scoring position in the second and third innings, but came away without a run. Wiginton reached third on a base hit and two sacrifice bunts, before a line out by freshman OF Laura Gellman (Clovis, CA) to third base ended the inning. In the third inning, Stanford recieved a lead-off hit from junior OF Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA) and a one-out hit by Mendoza. Wiginton earned a two-out walk to load the bases before Brangham struckout toonce again stop the Cardinal rally.
Fresno State took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning on consecutive base hits and a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners to second and third. The Cardinal then loaded the bases with one out on an intentional walk to Lindsay Fossatti. Kristen Hunter, Fresno State's starting pitcher, hit a chopper that went over Cardinal pitcher Dana Sorensen's (San Diego, CA) head and misplayed by second baseman Lauren Gellman (Los Gatos, CA) to allow Lovieanne Jung to score for a 1-0 lead.
Stanford tied the score in the top of the fifth inning, when sophmore All-America OF Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA), the Pac-10's leading hitter, doubled to center with one out to give the Cardinal a base runner. The double set a new single-season record with 14 doubles and tied her for third place on the all-time list with 27. Beeson then drove a ball to deep center field, advancing Mendoza to third on the sacrifice. On the throw back to the infield, Fresno State third baseman Fossatti misplayed the ball allowing Mendoza to reach home, tieing the score.
Stanford took the lead in the top of the ninth inning when Gellman reached on a one-out error by the Bulldog third baseman. Gellman stole second and later scored on a single by Walker to right field. Walker advanced to second on the throw home, but a Mendoza home run to allow Walker to stroll home for a Stanford 4-1 lead.
Cardinal pitcher Dana Sorensen (18-6), a freshman from San Diego, Calif., pitched her ninth complete game of the season for the win.
Stanford will face Bay Area rival California on Saturday at the Stanford Softball Complex beginning at 2 p.m. The Cardinal and Golden Bears have played twice this season, eaching capturing a game on their home field.