SEASON IN REVIEW: Stanford finished the 2013 season with a 39-21 overall record, marking the 17th straight winning season under head coach John Rittman. The Cardinal finished fourth in the Pac-12 with a 13-11 mark, and was 26-10 against non-conference opponents. Furthermore, Stanford was 20-6 at Smith Family Stadium and 12-5 in neutral site games. The Cardinal notched one of its most successful offensive seasons in program history and ended the year ranked No. 21/22.
POSTSEASON CHATTER: The Cardinal participated in the NCAA Tournament for the 16th consecutive season, dating back to 1998 when the team made its first postseason appearance in head coach John Rittman’s second season. Stanford has won seven regional titles and made appearances in the Women’s College World Series in 2001 and 2004. Stanford has reached a super regional five of the last nine years.
LINCOLN REGIONAL: Stanford went 2-2 in the NCAA Lincoln Regional, reaching the finals against host and eventual Women’s College World Series participant Nebraska. The Cardinal is now 41-36 (.532) all-time in postseason play.
STANFORD VS. THE FIELD: The Cardinal was 18-16 against the 2013 tournament field with a 5-3 record in neutral site games. In addition to the seven fellow Pac-12 teams that qualified, Stanford faced these NCAA tournament teams - Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma, Portland State, San Jose State, Tulsa and Wisconsin.
ALL-WEST REGION: Three Cardinal players were selected to the NFCA All-West Region Second Team. Sophomores Leah White and Hanna Winter received the honor for the second straight season, while freshman Kayla Bonstrom was also recognized.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Kayla Bonstrom was tabbed the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, joining Jessica Mendoza (1999) and Ashley Hansen (2009) as the only Cardinal recipients of the honor. The rookie tallied the eighth-best batting average (.404) in a single season at Stanford, and tied for the fourth-most RBI (55).
ALL-CONFERENCE: Eight Stanford players earned Pac-12 All-Conference honors this season. Senior Jenna Rich and freshman Kayla Bonstrom were first team picks, while sophomore Hanna Winter nabbed second team honors. Seniors Teagan Gerhart and Sarah Hassman, sophomores Cassandra Roulund and Leah White, and freshman Jessica Plaza picked up honorable mention accolades.
ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: All four Cardinal rookies garnered All-Freshman Team honors from the Pac-12. Kayla Bonstrom, Jessica Plaza and Kelsey Stevens were members of the 14-player team, while Kaitlin Schaberg was an honorable mention honoree.
ALL-ACADEMIC: Stanford had eight players earn All-Academic honors from the Pac-12 this season. Seniors Sarah Hassman and Tegan Schmidt led the way with first team honors, while senior Teagan Gerhart and sophomore Hanna Winter were second team selections. Senior Jenna Rich, junior Corey Hanewich and sophomores Cassandra Roulund and Nyree White earned honorable mention.
NATIONAL HONORS: Rookie pitcher Kelsey Stevens made a name for herself at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., tossing a perfect game against Virginia while not allowing an earned run in 19.0 innings pitched. She racked up 19 strikeouts and nabbed NFCA National Player of the Week honors for her efforts.
CONFERENCE HONORS: Freshman Kelsey Stevens was the first Cardinal player to be honored by the Pac-12 in 2013, picking up Pitcher of the Week honors on Feb. 19. Senior shortstop Jenna Rich became the second Cardinal to win a weekly honor, snagging her first career Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on May 6. She led the team offensively to a sweep over California, the first in school history, and became the Cardinal’s career RBI leader. Freshman Kayla Bonstrom nabbed her first weekly honor on May 13 to round out Stanford’s honorees.
IN THE POLLS: The Cardinal, which has appeared in every regular-season poll for more than a decade, ended the year ranked No. 21 in the ESPN.com/USA Softball and No. 22 in the USA Today/NFCA top 25. Six Pac-12 schools finished the seson in the top 25 of both polls.
PAC-12 WRAP-UP: With a 13-11 record, Stanford finished fourth in the notoriously tough Pac-12 Conference after being picked sixth by the league’s coaches in the preseason poll. Oregon, the overall No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, claimed the conference crown with a 19-5 record. Arizona State and Washington tied for second with a 16-8 mark. Eight of the nine Pac-12 teams were awarded bids to the 2013 postseason with three receiving one of the top 16 seeds.
RBI QUEEN: Senior shortstop Jenna Rich became Stanford’s career RBI leader on May 3, hitting a three-run homer in a win at Cal. Rich ended her time on The Farm with 214 career RBI. She joins Sarah Beeson (‘02) as the only two Cardinal players to reach the 200 career RBI plateau.
CARDINAL ACE: Senior Teagan Gerhart led the team with a 21-13 record, a 2.58 ERA and five saves in 217.1 innings pitched. She ends her career on The Farm ranked in the top-10 all-time in wins (101, 3rd), strikeouts (782, 3rd), innings pitched (927.0, 3rd), shutouts (29, 4th), ERA (2.24, 10th) and stolen bases (28, 10th).
PAC-12 PLAY: Kayla Bonstrom, the Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, embraced the challenges of the Pac-12 Conference season. In conference games, the rookie led the league with 29 RBI and finished second overall in batting average (.457), slugging percentage (.857), on-base percentage (.557), runs scored (22) and hits (32). She was also fourth in home runs with seven.
THREE’S COMPANY: This year’s Stanford squad hit 19 triples, one off of the school record set last season. Sophomore outfielder Cassandra Roulund led the team with six, tying for the second-most in a single season at Stanford with Catalina Morris (2004). Roulund’s six triples also tied for the Pac-12 best and ranked 12th nationally.
MANUFACTORING RUNS: Stanford averaged 5.50 runs per game this season, ranking 35th in the nation. The Cardinal was shut out just twice all season - against eventual national champion Oklahoma (6-0) in the second game of year (2/8) and versus Wisconsin (4-0) at the Easton Invitational (3/1). Stanford was 27-6 when scoring five or more runs in a game this season.
RECORD SETTER: Senior Sarah Hassman’s stolen base against Oklahoma State on Feb. 22 was the 87th of her career, passing Olympian Jessica Mendoza for the most stolen bases in program history. She finishes her career with 99 after going 17-for-20 on the year. She also holds the single season record of 35 set in 2011.
PERFECT GAME: Freshman pitcher Kelsey Stevens threw her first collegiate perfect game against Virginia on Feb. 23. It was just the 10th perfect game thrown in school history and the first since Ashley Chinn tossed one against Coastal Carolina on March 27, 2011. Senior Teagan Gerhart is also the owner of one of the Cardinal’s perfect games, coming against Santa Clara on March 19, 2010 during her freshman season.
CLOSER: Sophomore Nyree White was a solid relief pitcher for the Cardinal all season. She tied for third in the Pac-12 with 19 games in relief. She was 3-1 in 19 relief appearances, finishing 16 games on the year. Her six strikeouts against Minnesota (3/9) marked a career high.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD: Stanford shortstop Jenna Rich was a top 10 finalist for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. She joined California pitcher Jolene Henderson in representing the Pac-12 Conference. Finalists were narrowed down from a list of 30 based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete - classroom, community, character and competition.
PAC-12 NETWORKS: The launch of the Pac-12 television networks on August 15, 2012 marked the beginning of a new era for the Conference of Champions. Among the televised events were 35 Pac-12 softball games. Stanford took part in eight of those broadcasts, including the first-ever softball game on the networks at Oregon on March 24. The Pac-12 Networks consists of one national and six regional networks devoted solely to the Pac-12 Conference.
PRESEASON PICKS: Stanford was picked to finish sixth in the Pac-12 this season in the annual poll of the league’s coaches. 2012 Women’s College World Series participant California garnered seven first-place votes to sit at the top of the poll. Arizona State earned the other first-place vote to come in second, while Oregon was third. Washington and Arizona were also picked ahead of the Cardinal at fourth and fifth, respectively. UCLA, Oregon State and Utah rounded out the poll.
HEAD COACH John Rittman: In his 17th season at the helm of the Cardinal program, head coach John Rittman is one of the winningest coaches in collegiate softball, boasting a 720-334-3 (.683) career record. Since stepping onto The Farm in July 1996, he has coached the team to 17 consecutive winning seasons, 16 straight NCAA Tournament appearances and 13 40-win seasons. Under Rittman, Stanford has claimed a share of its first conference championship and made two appearances in the Women’s College World Series (2001 & 2004).
MILESTONE FOR RITTMAN: Cardinal head coach John Rittman captured his 700th career win on March 8 in a 2-1 victory over Florida Gulf Coast at the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. All of his 700-plus career wins have come during his time on The Farm. He is among the top 20 in the nation of the active winingest head coaches (.683).