March 27, 2000
STANFORD, Calif. -- Sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) drove in four runs to lead No. 8 Stanford to a 6-2 win over UC Santa Barbara Monday afternoon at the Stanford Softball Complex. The Cardinal improves to 30-4 overall, including 10-0 at home, while the Gauchos fall to 14-11.
The Cardinal was taking a one-game break from Pac-10 play after splitting with No. 4 California over the weekend. Stanford hosts No. 1 Washington Friday and No. 3 UCLA Saturday and Sunday. The Cardinal bats did not take a break, however, as the team put five runs across in the first two innings. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) led off the bottom of the first with a single, then sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) beat out an infield single. Beeson drove in the first run with a single through the right side, then freshman Kira Ching (San Lorenzo, CA/Arroyo HS) singled to right to make it 2-0.
In the second, freshman Cassi Brangham (Clovis, CA/Clovis HS) led off by getting hit by a pitch. Junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) took Brangham's place on first with a fielder's choice, then stole second. Wiginton picked up an RBI on a single through the right side. Walker singled into left-center, then both runners advanced on a passed ball. Beeson hit a two-out, two-run double to the wall in center to make it 5-0.
The Gauchos picked up their first hit of Cardinal freshman Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA/Carlmont HS) in the third, but Wiginton gunned the runner down at second trying to steal to end a third consecutive three-up, three-down inning. UCSB did their damage in the fourth. Senior Mandy Edwards, who was 2-for-3 on the day, led off with a single, and Tonya Dias doubled her to third. Nyberg retired the next two batters, but Jessie Ziese came up with a two-out, two run single to center to make it 5-2. Stanford got one run back in the bottom of the fourth. Sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) ripped a single off pitcher Loren Thornburg's leg to open the frame, then scored from first on Beeson's second consecutive double.
In addition to Beeson's 3-for-4 performance, Wiginton, Walker and Mendoza all had a pair of hits for the Cardinal. Ziese had the two RBI for the Gauchos while Edwards was 2-for-3 and made several nice plays in the field at short. Nyberg pitched a complete game for the Cardinal, giving up five hits and striking out four while improving to 5-0 on the season. Thornburg pitched three-plus innings, giving up 10 hits and all six runs, to fall to 7-3. She left one batter after being hit by Mendoza's line drive.
Stanford returns to action Friday, hosting No. 1 Washington at 2:00 p.m. The Cardinal hosts defending NCAA champion and third-ranked UCLA Saturday (2:00) and Sunday (1:00). The Gauchos play a doubleheader at Sacramento State Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.