March 26, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. -- No. 8 Stanford got a three-hit performance in the circle to beat No. 4 California 2-0 in a Pac-10 game Sunday afternoon at the Stanford Softball Complex. The Cardinal improves to 29-4 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears fall to 37-5 and 1-1.
Both teams were coming off an emotional Pac-10 opener the day before in Berkeley, where the Bears came from behind twice to pull out a 6-5 victory in 12 innings. Much like the day before, the Golden Bear offense took a while to get going. Saturday Stanford freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Sunday she was nearly as good. She pitched the first five innings, allowing only three hits, all just inside the third-base line. Sorensen struck out four and walked two to improve to 15-3 overall and pick up her first Pac-10 victory. Freshman Maureen LeCocq (West Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep), who pitched six innings the day before and was tagged with the loss, retired the Bears in order with a perfect sixth and seventh inning to pick up her fourth save. Junior Nicole DiSalvio fell to 12-3 for Cal. After giving up the two runs in the first, she stranded seven Stanford baserunners, including leaving three runners on third and three on second. She allowed seven hits and struck out four in a six-inning complete game.
Stanford got started in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) got a one-out single to shallow center, then sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) hit a chopper high over the third baseman's head to drive in Walker. Freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) popped out to deep shortstop and Mendoza took advantage by tagging up and scoring before Eryn Manahan, who was chasing the ball into shallow left to make the catch, could turn around and throw the ball to the plate. DiSalvio then ended the threat, but not before the Cardinal got all it needed. After that, Sorensen, LeCocq and the Stanford defense handled the rest. Only one runner made it as far as second base, off a single and a bobbled pick-up, and despite being shut out Cal only stranded three runners. Stanford's defense turned a pair of double-plays, in the third and the sixth, to keep the Bears off the board.
Stanford returns to action Monday, hosting a single game with UC Santa Barbara at 1:00 p.m. The Golden Bears host Pacific in a doubleheader Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.