Feb. 13, 2000
PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) hit a three-run homer to give No. 21 Stanford the lead and freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) threw a complete-game four-hitter as the Cardinal beat No. 13 Nebraska 7-2 at the Fiesta Bowl Tournament Sunday, played at the Rose Mofford Sports Complex. Stanford is 7-0 on the season after concluding the tournament with a 5-0 record, while the Huskers fall to 1-5 on the year.
The Huskers got on the board in the first inning, manufacturing a run after a single, a stolen base, a passed ball and a double steal of second and home. Stanford, which scored 14 runs in five first innings over the weekend, tied it up in the bottom of the first. Sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) hit a double down the left-field line and sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) drove her in with a single. The RBI gives Beeson 13 in the first seven games of the season.
Nebraska clean-up hitter Jamie Fuente hit a solo hom run in the top of the fourth to put the Huskers back in the lead, but the Cardinal responded quickly again. Freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) drew a one-out walk and freshman Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA/Clovis HS) singled her to second. Then Shideler hit a 1-2 pitch from senior All-American Jenny Voss well over the left-field fence for her first home run of the year, giving the Cardinal a 4-2 lead.
Stanford added to the lead in the sixth when Brangham walked and Shideler reached on an error. Freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) brought Brangham home with a single to center, then junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) put down a perfect bunt to move the runners, and beat the throw to first to load the bases. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) drove in a run with a single just over the second baseman, and another run scored when Mendoza reached first on an error.
Seven runs was more than enough for Sorensen, who struck out the side in the first and added four more strikeouts in the last two innings. After giving up the home run and a single in the fourth, she retired 10 of the last 11 batters, not allowing a fair ball to leave the infield. The seven strikeouts were a career-high for the freshman, who improved to 4-0 with the victory. Voss fell to 0-3 for the Huskers with the loss.
No overall champion was crowned at the tournament, but the Pac-10 conference certainly flexed its muscles. The league that produced five of the eight teams in the 1999 College World Series went a perfect 22-0 over three days in Phoenix, with No. 4 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State and No. 11 Oregon State also going undefeated.
Stanford returns to action Thursday through Sunday at the Campbell/Cartier Classic in Poway, Calif. The Cardinal opens against No. 6 Michigan Thursday at 2:30 p.m.