May 13, 2000
Stanford, Calif. -- The ninth-ranked Stanford softball team (45-16, 9-12 Pac-10) split a doubleheader with fifth-ranked Arizona State (40-18, 8-13 Pac-10) to finish fourth in the Pac-10 Conference standings. The Sun Devils won the first game 4-0, before the Cardinal took a 4-2 decision in the second game.
Trailing 2-0 in the second game, Stanford scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to secure the victory. Sophomore SS Robin Walker led off the inning with a single through the left side of the infield, before sophomore OF and Pac-10 Player of the Year Jessica Mendoza doubled to drive in Walker. Sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson followed with a double that drove in Mendoza and senior C Kellie Wiginton singled to move freshman pinch runner Deborah Splansky to third base. ASU starting pitcher Erica Beach was replaced by Kirsten Voak, who later hit junior 3B Jenni Shideler with a pitch to load the bases. Freshman OF Cassi Brangham delivered the big blow on a single to the right side that scored two runs.
Freshman P Maureen LeCocq (9-5) pitched a complete-game three hitter for the victory. LeCocq struckout four and allowed only one earned run in the contest.
Mendoza went 3-for-3 in game two, recording her 20th double of the season and concluding the regular-season with a .479 average.
Arizona State scored a run in the first inning and three in the third, as they shutout the Cardinal for a 4-0 win in game one. ASU's Kara Brun hit her eighth home run of the season in the third inning to set a new single-season record. Voak struckout eight batters, improving her record to 28-9 for the season.
The Cardinal will now await the announcement of the NCAA Regional selections, which take place tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.