March 31, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. - Redshirt freshman Jenny Topping hit a three-run homer to lead No. 1 Washington to a 6-0 win over No. 8 Stanford at the Stanford Softball Complex Friday afternoon. The Huskies improve to 37-3 on the year and 1-0 in the Pac-10 while the Cardinal falls to 30-5, 1-2.
Rosie Leutzinger led off the game with a single to left. After an out, Kim DePaul squared to bunt, but slapped a single into shallow right-center field. Topping then hit her 18th home run of the season, curling the ball just inside the left-field foul pole, to make it 3-0 Washington. Topping extended her UW single-season record (the old record was 13), and moved into sole possession of third place on the Washington career list.
The Huskies added one more run in each of the next three innings. Erin Helgeland led off the second with a single to left, stole second, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch from freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep). Freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS) relieved LeCocq (4-2) with two out in the second. In the third, pitcher Jennifer Spediacci walked with one out, then took second on a fielder's choice groundout. She stole third, then scored on Christie Rosenblad's two-out single. In the fourth, DePaul walked with two out, then scored on Topping's double to the wall in left-center.
Stanford threatened a few times, but could not put any runs across. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) and sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) both singled in the first, putting runners on first and second with one out. Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) had a one-out single in the second. A single from sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) and walks to Shideler and freshman Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA/Clovis HS) loaded the bases with two out in the third. And sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) singled with one down in the fifth. But Spediacci, a graduate of Fremont's Washington High School, got tough when Stanford had runners on base, scattering five hits and two walks to improve to 20-1 on the year and lower her ERA to 0.63 this season. Senior Jamie Graves replaced Spediacci to start the sixth and retired all six batters she faced. For Stanford, LeCocq was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks in 1.2 innings of work. Nyberg allowed two runs on three hits and four walks, striking out five.
Stanford returns to action at the Stanford Softball Complex Saturday afternoon, hosting No. 3 UCLA, the defending NCAA champions, at 2:00 p.m. The Huskies play at No. 4 California Saturday at 2:00 p.m.