Feb. 25, 2000
ST. GEORGE, Utah -- No. 11 Stanford came from behind twice to beat Tulsa 3-1 and Utah 2-1 to open play at the Red Desert Classic Friday afternoon at the Canyons Complex. The Cardinal improves to 13-1 on the season while the Golden Hurricane fall to 5-9 and the Utes to 7-5.
In the opener, Tulsa got on the board first, using two hit batters and a single to load the bases with none out in the top of the second. First baseman Ann Mesman singled through the right side to bring home the first run of the game. Stanford freshman Jaime Forman-Lau (San Jose, CA/Archbishop Mitty HS) struck out the next two batters and got a popup to second to get out of the bases-loaded jam.
Stanford had scored 28 runs in the first innings of its first 12 games, but Krystel Markwardt (1-2) kept Stanford off the board through the first four innings. The Cardinal finally got going in the bottom of the fifth. Junior Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA/Leland HS) drew a one-out walk and stole second. After a strikeout, junior Ramona Shelburne (West Hills, CA/El Camino Real HS) laced one to the wall in straightaway center for an RBI triple. Senior Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA/Bullard HS) drew a walk and stole second, putting runners on second and third. Sophomore Robin Walker (La Palma, CA/Mater Dei HS) then hit a shot right down the third-base line to drive in two more runs, making the score 3-1. Forman-Lau (5-0) struck out seven, allowing only five hits in six innings. Freshman Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA/Chaminade Prep) pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning to get the save, her first of the year.
The Cardinal fell behind again in its second game when Utah's Sunny Smith hit her fourth home run of the season, a solo shot to right in the fourth. Once again, however, Stanford rallied. Shelburne, who was an offensive catalyst all day, drew a walk to lead off the sixth. Wiginton sacrificed her to second before Walker then flew out to deep center for the second out. Sophomore Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA/Camarillo HS) sliced a ball just inside third base for an RBI double to tie the game. Mendoza advanced to third on a wild pitch, then sophomore Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ/Canyon del Oro HS) fouled off four pitches before drawing a walk. LeCocq, who plays second base whe not pitching, then hit a soft liner that dropped to the ground right at the shortstop's feet for a RBI single. Those two runs were all the Cardinal needed as freshman Dana Sorensen (San Diego, CA/Scripps Ranch HS) threw a complete-game three-hitter. Sorensen (6-1) struck out a career-high 12, including three in the first, third and fourth innings.
Shelburne finished 3-for-3 with a triple and two walks, driving in the tying run and scoring the winning run against Tulsa and scoring the tying run against Utah. Against the Utes, Mendoza was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI, and LeCocq was 2-for-2 with an RBI.
Stanford continues play at the Red Desert Classic Saturday, meeting No. 25 Oklahoma State at 11:00 a.m. MST and Brigham Young at 1:00 MST. The Cardinal concludes play Sunday with a game against Utah State at 11:00 a.m. MST.