No. 21/19 Stanford (22-6)
Friday - 5:30 p.m. (PT) • Saturday (DH) - 12 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Boyd and Jill Smith Family Stadium • Stanford, Calif.
Polls • Stanford (21st – USA Today/NFCA, 19th – ESPN.com/USA Softball)
Television • Both of Saturday’s games will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Social • Facebook.com/StanfordSBall • Twitter.com/StanfordSBall • Instagram.com/StanfordSoftball
STANFORD, Calif. – No. 21/19 Stanford will look to continue its momentum from a strong nonconference start as the Cardinal begins Pac-12 play this weekend against Bay Area rival California.
The weekend series gets underway Friday at 5:30 p.m. and concludes with a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game at 12 p.m. and the second at 2:30 p.m.
The Cardinal returned home last weekend after two weeks on the road to play host to the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic and went 5-1 in the tournament. The Cardinal picked up two wins each over BYU and Portland State, one victory against UC Davis and fell to North Dakota State.
Erin Ashby went 9-for-17 (.529) with six RBI, two doubles, a triple and four walks over the six games. She led the team with 13 total bases. Ashby came up huge for the Cardinal in its final game of the weekend, delivering a walk-off RBI-triple to lift Stanford to a 3-2 victory over UC Davis.
Freshman Kylie Sorenson, normally Stanford’s starting shortstop, pitched in four games and went 2-0 with one save and posted a 0.88 ERA in 16.0 innings. Sorenson allowed nine hits, two earned runs, four walks and struck out six to hold opponents to a .164 batting average. She picked up her first collegiate victory against Portland State, pitching 4.0 shutout innings, striking out two, allowing two hits and one walk.
Sorenson went 6-for-18 (.333) at the plate with three walks and three doubles over the weekend. She leads the team in batting average (.400), doubles (12), walks (20), total bases (49), slugging percentage (.653) and on-base percentage (.525) on the season.
Game times, live statistics and results are available via GoStanford.com.
• California enters conference play with a 10-10 record and is coming off a 2-3 result at the Hawaii Spring Fling tournament in Honolulu. The Golden Bears defeated Pacific, split a pair against Hawaii and dropped two to James Madison. California defeated Ohio State 2-1 in the Golden Bears home opener.
• Cheyenne Cordes and Danielle Henderson lead California offensively, with each batting over .380 and holding on-base percentages of .500 or higher. Cordes leads the Golden Bears with a .396 batting average, while Henderson has provided plenty of power with a team-high seven home runs to lead the team in slugging percentage (.800).
• Nisa Ontiveros (6-4) has seen a majority of time in the circle for the Golden Bears and holds a 3.24 ERA in 58.1 innings pitched.
THE CALIFORNIA SERIES
• Stanford is 27-37 overall against California after sweeping last year’s three-game set for the first time in program history. The Cardinal and Golden Bears have split the past 12 meetings (6-6).
• Stanford will make its second trip to Tempe, Ariz., this season for a three-game series against Arizona State on March 22-24. The games will be played Saturday-Monday with the latter two games being televised on the Pac-12 Network.
IN THE POLLS
• The Cardinal, which has appeared in every regular-season poll for more than a decade, checked in this week at 21st in the USA Today/NFCA poll and 19th in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
• Stanford’s five-member freshman class has made significant contributions throughout the early portion of the season:
• Madi Schreyer (16-4) has been dominant in the circle, holding a 1.59 ERA with 105 strikeouts and just 28 earned runs in 123.1 innings pitched. She has held opponents to a .129 batting average, and of the 89 hits she has allowed, only 12 have gone for extra bases.
• Kylie Sorenson has been outstanding at shortstop and leads the team in batting average (.400), doubles (12), walks (20), total bases (49), slugging percentage (.653) and on-base percentage (.525) on the season. She has pitched 23.0 innings and holds a 2-0 record with one save and a 2.13 ERA.
• Bessie Noll joined the team from Tokyo, Japan, with three summers of softball experience and an elite background in baseball. Noll has transitioned nicely on The Farm, batting .361 with 16 RBI, 21 runs, four doubles and two home runs.
RIGHT SIDE, STRONG SIDE
• Erin Ashby and Kayla Bonstrom have played a majority of the time at second base and first base, respectively, and have been heating up offensively just in time for conference play. Ashby went 9-for-17 (.529) with six RBI, two doubles and a triple over six games last weekend. Ashby’s triple was a walk-off, giving Stanford a 3-2 victory over UC Davis on Sunday.
• Bonstrom hit 8-for-16 (.500) with six RBI, three walks, and recorded team highs in doubles (4) and runs (8). She is the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
• Stanford has been electric on the base paths this year, stealing 41 bases in 45 attempts. Leah White leads the team with 12 bags swiped in 13 tries, while Hanna Winter has taken 11 bases in 12 attempts.
ON A ROLL
• Cassandra Roulund – or “Boo” as she’s known by teammates, coaches and fans – leads the team in RBI (27) and ranks second on the squad in doubles (8), triples (2), home runs (3), and total bases (47).
WINTER’S HOT CORNER
• Hanna Winter has been outstanding defensively this season, leading the team with 80 assists and holding a .955 fielding percentage. While Winter has spent a majority of time at third base, she has made multiple appearances at shortstop. Winter has started every game of her collegiate career at second base, third base or shortstop.
IN THE TOP 50
• Sophomore Kayla Bonstrom was one of 50 players in the nation named to the USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year award watch list. She was one of six sophomores included on the list that consists of players from 36 NCAA Division I schools and 12 athletic conferences. Bonstrom is one of 12 Pac-12 players included on the list.
HEAD COACH JOHN RITTMAN
• In his 18th season at the help of the Cardinal program, head coach John Rittman is one of the winningest coaches in collegiate softball, boasting a 742-340-3 (.686) 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 claimed a share of its first conference championship and made two appearances in the Women’s College World Series (2001, 2004).