April 25, 2000
Stanford, Calif. -- The 12trh-ranked Stanford softball team (38-12) swept a non-conference doubleheader, 2-1 and 11-5, from Sacramento State (20-23) today at the Stanford Softball Complex. Sophomore All-America OF Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, CA) went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and an RBI in game one, while sophomore 1B Sarah Beeson (Tucson, AZ) hit two home runs and had seven RBI in the second game.
In game one , the Cardinal took the lead in the fourth on a single to begin the inning by sophomore SS Robin Walker (La Palma, CA) and an RBI double by Mendoza.
Freshman P Maureen LeCocq (Woodland Hills, CA) held Sacramento State scoreless for five innings before the Hornets score a run in the sixth to tie the score. Lori Meixner had a one-out hit, before being replaced by pinch runner Sarah Cunningham. Cunningham advanced to second on a fielders choice, and scored on Andrea Franchi two-out single. Stanford retook the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Walker led off the inning with a walk, followed by a Mendoza single. The Hornets caught a break when Beeson flew out to left field, catching Walker off the bag at second base. However, Mendoza later stole second and came home on a single from senior All-America C Kellie Wiginton (Fresno, CA), who became the Cardinal all-time leader in games played with 322.
LeCocq finished the game for her fourth complete game of the season, improving her record to 6-3 on the year.
Stanford got off to a slow start in game two, allowing five runs in the first inning. The Hornets used five hits and a Cardinal error to score their five runs. Freshman P Tori Nyberg (Belmont, CA) started the game, but was relieved by freshman P Jaime Forman-Lau (San Jose, CA), who is coming off a finger injury, with one out in the first inning.
The Cardinal responded with two runs in the bottom of the first inning after Mendoza singled and came home on Beeson's fourth home run of the season. The score would remain 5-2 until Stanford's half of the fifth inning, when they erupted for six runs. The Cardinal had four hits, including a two-RBI double by Beeson, a RBI single by Wiginton and two-RBI single by junior 3B Jenni Shideler (San Jose, CA).
Stanford added three runs in the sixth, capped by Beeson's second home run of the game and fifth of the season. Forman-Lau did not allow a Hornet run in the final six innings of work to improve her record to 7-0.
The Cardinal will return to Pac-10 Conference play this weekend when they travel to third-ranked UCLA on Friday and top-ranked Washington on Saturday and Sunday.