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Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/23/2014

Stanford (27-18, 3-12 Pac-12)
No. 1/1 Oregon (41-5, 14-1 Pac-12)
Fri. – 7 p.m. (PT)  Sat. – 1 p.m.  Sun. – 12 p.m.
Smith Family Stadium  Stanford, Calif.
Television  Friday’s game will be on ESPNU.
Radio  All three games will be broadcast on 90.1 KZSU.
Live Stats  Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Promotions  Sunday is Run the Bases and Autograph Day.
Social  Facebook.com/StanfordSBall – Twitter.com/StanfordSBall – Instagram.com/StanfordSoftball

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford takes on its highest-ranked opponent of the season this weekend when it plays host to No. 1/1 Oregon. It will be the Cardinal’s first games against a top-ranked opponent since it played a three-game set at Arizona State May 12-14, 2011.

The three-game series begins Friday at 7 p.m. (PT) and will be televised on ESPNU. The teams will continue play on Saturday at 1 p.m. and conclude the slate on Sunday at noon.

Stanford is riding a two-game winning streak after beating Utah 12-11 last Sunday and picking up an 8-0 victory in five innings against Santa Clara on Tuesday. The Cardinal went 1-2 in its previous Pac-12 series at Utah.

Stanford boasts a balanced and dynamic offense that includes eight players batting .300 or higher. Leah White leads the team with a .385 batting average, followed by Kylie Sorenson (.375) and Erin Ashby (.371). The Cardinal ranks 15th in the country with a team batting average of .325.

Madi Schreyer (18-10) has seen a majority of innings in the circle for Stanford and holds a 3.27 ERA with 144 strikeouts in 190.2 innings.

Game times, live statistics and results are available via GoStanford.com.

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SCOUTING OREGON
 Oregon enters the weekend on a seven-game winning streak, sweeping its past two Pac-12 series at Oregon State and against California. The Ducks won those two series by outscoring opponents 69-13. Oregon defeated Portland State 4-2 in its most recent contest on Tuesday.

 Courtney Ceo leads the Ducks offensively with a staggering .486 batting average. Ceo is one of nine Oregon players with a batting average over .300.

 Cheridan Hawkins leads the Ducks’ pitching staff with a 1.41 ERA and 228 strikeouts in 164.1 innings. Karissa Hovinga has also logged significant time in the circle and boasts a 2.16 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 97.0 innings.

THE OREGON SERIES
 Stanford is 33-27 (.550) all-time against Oregon, but lost all three games to the Ducks last season. The Cardinal dropped a pair of one-run decisions in the first two games (4-3, March 23, 2013; 3-2, March 24) and fell 10-3 in the series finale (March 25). The last time the Cardinal won the season series against Oregon came in 2010 when Stanford swept the Ducks (May 13-15) at Smith Family Stadium.

UP NEXT
 The road doesn’t get any easier as Stanford travels to No. 2/2 UCLA next weekend for a three-game series. Friday’s game will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks, Saturday’s will be broadcast on ESPNU and Sunday’s contest will air on ESPN.

SERIES-OPENING THRILLERS
• Stanford is 1-4 in series-openers against Pac-12 opponents this season, with four of the five contests producing a thrilling result. The Cardinal defeated California 14-13, fell at Arizona State 16-15 in nine innings, dropped an 18-12 decision at Arizona and suffered a 12-7 defeat at Utah.

 The Cardinal scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn the comeback victory against California (March 14). Trailing by six runs entering the top of the seventh at Arizona State, Stanford scored eight runs to take the lead. The Sun Devils scored two runs in the bottom half of the inning to send the game into extras, where it eventually earned the win (March 28).

 Six Cardinal players combined for 11 hits and Stanford held the lead through the middle portion of the game, but Arizona capitalized on two grand slams to earn the victory (April 4).

 Stanford took a 7-0 lead in the first two innings at Utah but permitted 12 unanswered runs from the bottom of the third to the sixth, as the Utes prevailed 12-7 (April 17).

SERIES-ENDING HEARTBREAK
 Stanford took leads into the bottom of the seventh inning in its series finales at Arizona State and Arizona but was unable to hold on for the victory. The Cardinal led the first six-and-a-half innings at Arizona State and took a 5-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh before the Sun Devils rallied for five runs – including a walk-off three-run home run – to claim a comeback victory.

 Bessie Noll delivered a solo home run in the top of the seventh to put Stanford up 3-2 at Arizona, but the Wildcats responded with a run in the bottom half of the inning to send the game to extras. After Stanford was unable to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation in the top of the eighth, Arizona’s Katiyana Mauga delivered a walk-off two-run home run to take the victory and sweep the series.

SERIES-ENDING BREAKTHROUGH
 Facing a 10-3 deficit at Utah entering the top of the sixth inning, Stanford scored seven runs to knot the score at 10-10. The Cardinal added two runs in the top of the seventh and got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the inning to earn a 12-11 victory.

SUPER FROSH
 Stanford’s five-member freshman class has made significant contributions throughout the season:

 Madi Schreyer (18-10) has been strong in the circle, holding a 3.27 ERA with 144 strikeouts and 89 earned runs in 190.2 innings pitched. She has held opponents to a .251 batting average, and of the 192 hits she has allowed, only 37 have gone for extra bases.

 Kylie Sorenson has been outstanding at shortstop and leads the team in doubles (16), RBI (39), walks (33), slugging percentage (.625) and on-base percentage (.506) on the season. She ranks second on the team in batting average (.375), and third in hits (48). She has become Stanford’s second pitcher due to injuries and has pitched 44.0 innings, notching a 3-4 record with one save and a 7.16 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 .309 with 21 RBI, 34 runs, 8 doubles and three home runs.

 Lauren Bertoy and Carley Hoover have also made strong contributions this season. Bertoy has primarily played at second base and pinch-hit, while Hoover has made five appearances in the circle.

ALL HANDS ON DECK
 While Madi Schreyer has been carrying a majority of the load in the circle, Stanford’s pitching options have been limited due to injuries. This has led to a “pitching by committee” situation in which four Cardinal players that typically do not pitch, have spent time in the circle. Infielder Kylie Sorenson, utility player Kayla Bonstrom, designated player Tylyn Wells and infielder Erin Ashby have each seen innings at pitcher.

 The pitching situation has caused lineup changes in the infield with each starting infielder logging time at two or three positions during a weekend. Despite the regular shifting, the Cardinal has produced some outstanding defensive plays and holds a .956 fielding percentage.

MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
 Leah White has been one of Stanford’s most consistent players in all areas this season. The junior is first on the team with a .385 batting average, is second in hits (55), stolen bases (13) and on-base percentage (.461). She has been terrific defensively, starting every game in left field and recording a .971 fielding percentage.

 In conference play, White leads Stanford in batting (.404), hits (21), doubles (4), triples (1) and total bases (30). She is second on the team in RBI (17). She boasts a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage against Pac-12 competition.

RIGHT SIDE, STRONG SIDE
 Erin Ashby and Kayla Bonstrom have played a majority of the time at second base and first base, respectively, and heated up offensively just in time for conference play. In the final preseason tournament before Pac-12 competition, Ashby went 9-for-17 (.529) with six RBI, two doubles and a triple over six games. Ashby’s triple was a walk-off, giving Stanford a 3-2 victory over UC Davis.

 In conference play, Ashby is second on the team with a .400 batting average. Ashby leads the team with 15 walks, a .571 on-base percentage and a .725 slugging percentage.

 Bonstrom is tied for third on the team in doubles (3), home runs (2) and walks (9). She is tied for fourth on the team in hits (15), RBI (12) and total bases (24). She is the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

QUICK FEET
 Stanford has been electric on the base paths this year, stealing 50 bases in 56 attempts (89 percent). Hanna Winter has taken 14 bases in 16 attempts, while Leah White has swiped 13 bags in 14 tries. Tylyn Wells has been successful in 11 of 13 stolen base attempts.

ON A ROLL
 Cassandra Roulund – or “Boo” as she’s known by teammates, coaches and fans – is second on the team in doubles (12), tied for third in total bases (55), fourth in home runs (3) and fifth in RBI (31)

WINTER’S HOT CORNER
 Hanna Winter has been outstanding defensively this season, leading the team with 116 assists and holding a .949 fielding percentage. Winter has split time at shortstop and third base. She has started every game of her collegiate career at second base, third base or shortstop.

USA, USA, USA
 Jessica Plaza was one of 24 players selected to participate at the 2014 USA Softball Women’s National Team Selection Camp on June 9-12. The sophomore catcher will compete for a spot on the 17-player USA Softball Women’s World Championship roster that will compete for the International Softball Federation World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands, this August. The final selection for the 17-player roster will be announced June 22.

 Plaza earned a silver medal with the U.S. Junior National Team at the 2013 International Softball Federation Junior Women’s World Championship.

IN THE TOP 25
• Kylie Sorenson was named a top-25 finalist for the inaugural NFCA Freshman of the Year Award. Sorenson has been outstanding at shortstop and leads the team in doubles (16), RBI (39), walks (33), slugging percentage (.625) and on-base percentage (.506) on the season. She ranks second on the team in batting average (.375), and third in hits (48).

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.

ALL-CONFERENCE RETURNERS
 Stanford had eight players selected to all-conference teams in 2013. Five of those players return for the 2014 campaign, including Kayla Bonstrom, Hanna Winter, Cassandra Roulund, Leah White and Jessica Plaza.

PRESEASON PICKS
 Stanford was picked to finish fifth in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll. Arizona State and Washington tied for the top spot, while Oregon was picked third and UCLA fourth. Arizona was selected to place sixth, followed by California at seventh, and Oregon State and Utah tying for eighth.

2013 IN REVIEW
 The Cardinal finished the 2013 season with a 39-21 overall record – the 17th consecutive winning season under head coach John Rittman. Stanford finished fourth in the Pac-12 with a 13-11 mark, and was 26-10 against nonconference opponents. The Cardinal competed in its 16th straight NCAA Tournament, concluding its season with a 2-2 result at the Lincoln Regional.

HEAD COACH JOHN RITTMAN
 In his 18th season at the helm of the Cardinal program, head coach John Rittman is one of the winningest coaches in collegiate softball, boasting a 745-350-3 (.680) 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).


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