Feb. 26, 2000
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- Freshmen Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) and Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) combined on a one-hitter as No. 11 Stanford beat No. 25 Oklahoma State 5-1 at the Red Desert Classic Saturday afternoon at the Canyons Complex. Stanford also beat BYU 9-4 later in the day to improve to 15-1 on the season. The Cowgirls fall to 11-4 and the Cougars to 5-6.
In the first game of the day, Stanford got on the board in the top of the first. Sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) lined a single through the right side of the infield with two outs to start the rally. Sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) drew a walk, and both batters advanced on a wild pitch. LeCocq, the starting second baseman, then dropped in a soft liner in front of the right fielder to score Mendoza.
The Cowgirls tied it up in the second on a solo home run to center from Liz Silva, OSU's only hit of the game. But Stanford scored four in the sixth to take control. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) led off with a single down the right-field line. Sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) put down a bunt, and the Cowgirls unsuccessfully tried to force Wiginton at second. Mendoza fouled off five pitches before hitting an RBI single to center to give Stanford the lead for good, with Walker taking third when the center fielder bobbled the ball. Beeson then struck out but Mendoza stole second. LeCocq dropped a squeeze bunt down and Walker eluded the catcher's tag for the third run. Freshman Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA/Clovis HS) reached on a fielder's choice as the Cowgirls tried to get Mendoza straying off third. Everyone was safe, loading the bases. Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) singled to right to drive in another run, and after an out, junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) grounded to second, but reached on an error by the second baseman. LeCocq scored on the play, and Brangham was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second.
In the circle, Sorensen threw six innings of one-hit ball to improve to 7-1 on the year. Sorensen struck out five and walked one. Sorensen has given up only nine hits and two earned runs over her last 29.2 innings, including four games against ranked teams. LeCocq closed, pitching a scoreless seventh to end the game.
The Cardinal also started fast in the second game, against the Cougars. Wiginton struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. Walker singled to second, and both runners advanced on Mendoza's groundout. Beeson drove in a run on a hard-hit ball that the shortstop could not handle, then LeCocq drove Walker in on a groundout.
Stanford added four more in the second. Shideler led off with a home run to center, her second of the year. Freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) beat out an infield single, and Shelburne sacrificed her to second. Wiginton hit a sharp ground ball through the third baseman's legs to move Ching to third, and Walker drove in Ching with a single to right. Mendoza's groundout advanced both runers, and Beeson drove them both in with a double to right-center to make it 6-0.
The Cougars got two runs back in the third. Megan Johnson and Lindsay Hodgen led off with back-to-back singles, and were advanced on Liz Smith's groundout. Johnson scored on a wild pitch, and Hodgen advanced to third, scoring on Mindy Hanson's sacrifice fly. But the Cardinal got both runs back in the bottom of the fourth. Mendoza led off with a homer to right, her fourth of the year, to extend the sophomore's Stanford career record total to 13. Beeson was hit by the next pitch, and freshman Deborah Splansky (Los Angeles, CA/Crossroads School) ran for her. Brangham singled to center and Shideler laced a single to left, then Splansky scored on a passed ball. The Cardinal added one more in the fifth. Wiginton singled down the right-field line. Beeson and LeCocq added singles to bring her home, making it 9-2.
The Cougars responded in the top of the sixth. Hanson led off with a single, then Brooke Cadiente hit a line drive home run just inside the left-field line to cut the Stanford lead to 9-4.
Lindsay Jones (0-2) took the loss for BYU, giving up six runs in one and two-thirds innings before Meghann Pricer and Maryon Dewitt relieved. For Stanford, freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS) got the win in her first start of the season. Nyberg gave up four runs in six innings, and freshman Jaime Forman-Lau (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) struck out three in the seventh to end the game. BYU got eight hits off Nyberg, but six were infield singles.
Stanford concludes play at the Red Desert Classic Sunday with a game against Utah State at 11:00 a.m. MST.