May 2, 2000
San Jose, Calif. -- Sophomore OF and current Pac-10 Player of the Week Jessica Mendoza hit two home runs, including a grand slam, in the second game as the 11th-ranked Stanford softball team (41-14) swept a doubleheader from San Jose State (18-32) 5-1 and 12-1 today at the SJSU Softball Field.
Stanford scored seven runs in the second inning of game two, as senior C Kellie Wiginton led off with a double and was followed by a base on balls by freshman DP Maureen LeCocq and a bloop single by junior 3B Jenni Shideler to load the bases. Freshman OF Cassi Brangham, senior 2B Lauren Gellman and junior OF Ramona Shelburne all drew walks to advance runners to the plate. Mendoza then hit a grand slam to cap-off the inning.
Mendoza hit her second home run of the game and 11th of the season in the fourth inning, driving in Walker from first base after she singled. Shideler added a two-out, three-run home run in the inning to give Stanford a 12-0 lead.
The Spartans scored their only run of the game on a home run by Kim Bentley fourth inning. Stanford strating pitcher Jaime Forman-Lau pitched five innings to improve her record to 8-0 this season.
In the first game, Stanford scored in the first inning on a two-out double by sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson that scored Mendoza from second base. The Cardinal broke the game open in the fifth inning as Gellman led off with a single and scored two batters later on a double by Walker. Wiginton then hit a two-run double after back-to-back singles by Mendoza and Beeson. Stanford closed out game one with a run in the seventh inning. Walker drew a walk, advancing to third on a double by Mendoza and came home on Wiginton's sacrifice fly to left field.
The Spartans made a dent in the score in the fifth inning, when Roxanne Staniorski drew a walk to begin the inning. Pinch runner Becky Mendez advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and reached the plate on a single by Gina Saldana.
LeCocq, the Cardinal game one strarter, pitched five innings, allowing two hits and one earned run to improve her record to 7-4 for the season. LeCocq struckout three batters, before being relieved by freshman P Tori Nyberg in the sixth inning. Nyberg did not allow a hit but walked one batter to closeout the game.
The Cardinal will return to Pac-10 Conference play when they travel to Oregon and Oregon State this weekend.