April 4, 2000
Moraga, CA -- Sophomore OF Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) went 4-for-7 with a game-winning home run in the eighth inning of the second game to lead the eighth-ranked Stanford softball team (32-7, 1-4 Pac-10) to a sweep of Saint Mary's College (15-23), 3-0 and 2-1, today in Moraga, Calif.
The Cardinal and Gaels remained scoreless until the sixth inning of game one, when Mendoza singled with one out and then stole second base. Freshman IF Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) then singled to drive in Mendoza from second. The Cardinal added to the lead in the seventh inning. Pinch hitting for freshman OF Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA), freshman IF Deborah Splansky (Los Angeles, CA) walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a sacrifice from senior DP Lauren Gellman (Los Gatos, CA). With two outs, Splansky advanced to third on a wild pitch by Gaels pitcher Tracy Bealer, who would then walk senior C Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA). Two more wild pitches allowed Splansky to score from third and moved Wiginton from first to third base. Sophomore IF Robin Walker (La Palma, CA) finished the scoring by knocking in Wiginton with a single.
Freshman P Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) improved her record to 6-1 for the season by pitching a complete game four hitter. Nyberg struckout three Gael batters.
Saint Mary's got on the board early in game two with a first inning run. Jenn Price singled to center field before stealing second base and moving to third base on a Trisha Dean infield hit. The next batter, Jessica Hanaseth, singled to right center field to score Price and give Saint Mary's the early lead.
Stanford countered in the fourth inning as Mendoza doubled to right field and advanced to third two batters later when LeCocq reached base on an error by the Saint Mary's left fielder. With two outs, Saint Mary's committed an error on a ball hit by Brangham which allowed Mendoza to scord from third. The game remained tied until the eighth, when Mendoza led off the extra frame with a home run to right center field.
LeCocq pitched eight innings in the second game for the Cardinal tomimprove her record to 5-2. She allowed one run in the first inning and then limited Saint Mary's to only three hits the remainder of the game, while striking out two batters.
The Cardinal extended its win streak against non-conference opponents to 15 with the sweep. Stanford will return to Pac-10 action this week as they travel to fifth-ranked Arizona State on Friday, before facing second-ranked Arizona on Saturday and Sunday.