Stanford (27-21, 3-15 Pac-12)
Saint Mary’s (22-22, 8-4 WCC)
No. 2/2 UCLA (44-4, 15-3 Pac-12)
Cottrell Field • Moraga, Calif.
Easton Stadium – Los Angeles
Wed. – 3 p.m. (PT) • Fri. – 7 p.m. • Sat. – 3 p.m. • Sun. – 12 p.m.
Television • Fri. – Pac-12 Networks • Sat. – ESPNU • Sun. - ESPN
Radio • Wednesday’s game at Saint Mary’s will be broadcast on 90.1 KZSU.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford continues a challenging two-week stretch as it heads to Saint Mary’s for a midweek game before traveling to No. 2/2 UCLA for a three-game series.
The Cardinal played host to No. 1/1 Oregon this past weekend, dropping all three decisions.
Stanford takes on Saint Mary’s on Wednesday at 3 p.m. (PT) in Moraga, Calif. The three-game series at UCLA begins Friday at 7 p.m. (PT) and will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks. Saturday’s contest at 3 p.m. will be broadcast on ESPNU and Sunday’s noon matchup will air on ESPN.
Stanford went 1-3 last week, defeating Santa Clara 8-0 in five innings before falling to top-ranked Oregon in three games over the weekend. Kayla Bonstrom paced the Cardinal offensively, going 6-for-13 (.462) on the week. She went 5-for-10 with three doubles and two RBI against Oregon.
Stanford boasts a balanced and dynamic offense that includes seven players batting .300 or higher. Kylie Sorenson leads the team with a .370 batting average, followed by Leah White (.369) and Hanna Winter (.348). The Cardinal ranks 20th in the country with a team batting average of .321.
Madi Schreyer (19-12) has seen a majority of innings in the circle for Stanford and holds a 3.46 ERA with 154 strikeouts in 208.2 innings.
Game times, live statistics and results are available via GoStanford.com.
SCOUTING SAINT MARY’S
• Saint Mary’s enters the weekend with a 22-22 record and is coming off a three-game sweep at Santa Clara.
• The Gaels are led by Andrea Hazel who is batting .346 with six home runs and nine doubles on the year. Cassidy Szeredy is second on the team with a .282 average, followed by Erica Musgrave (.279) and Lahela Usui (.276).
• Lujane Mussadi (13-11) has logged a majority of the time in the circle and holds a 2.08 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 148.0 innings. Sarah Lira has also contributed a significant amount of time at pitcher, boasting a 2.21 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 104.1 innings.
THE SAINT MARY’S SERIES
• Stanford is 29-7 all-time against the Saint Mary’s after dropping a 5-2 decision in 2013.
• UCLA swept California in three games last weekend by a combined score of 23-10. The Bruins have been impressive this season, notching 44 wins and just four losses. Each of UCLA’s four losses have come against top-five opponents (No. 4 Michigan, March 5; No 5 Washington, March 23; and No. 3 Oregon, April 4 and 5).
• Stephany La Rosa and Ally Carda lead UCLA offensively with batting averages of .398 and .396, respectively. La Rosa paces the team with a .796 slugging percentage while Carda has registered a team-best 57 hits. Eight Bruin players are hitting .300 or higher and the team holds a .337 batting average.
• Carda has seen a majority of the time in the circle and holds a 1.48 ERA with 186 strikeouts in 170.1 innings. Jessica Hall boasts a 1.97 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 103 innings.
THE UCLA SERIES
• UCLA leads Stanford 57-19 all-time in the series. The Cardinal won two-of-three against the Bruins last season. Stanford nearly pulled off a sweep but fell to UCLA 5-3 in eight innings in game two of last season’s series.
• Stanford returns home for its final regular-season series against Oregon State. The three-game set begins Thursday at 7 p.m., continues Friday at 5:30 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 1:30 p.m. All three games will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
•Stanford is 1-5 in series-openers against Pac-12 opponents this season, with four of the six 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).
• 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.
• 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.
• Stanford’s five-member freshman class has made significant contributions throughout the season:
• Madi Schreyer (19-12) has been strong in the circle, holding a 3.46 ERA with 154 strikeouts and 103 earned runs in 208.2 innings pitched. She has held opponents to a .256 batting average, and of the 215 hits she has allowed, only 42 have gone for extra bases.
• Kylie Sorenson has been outstanding at shortstop and leads the team in batting average (.370), doubles (16), walks (34), slugging percentage (.607) and on-base percentage (.506) on the season. She ranks second on the team in RBI (39) and is tied for third in hits (48). She has become Stanford’s second pitcher due to injuries and has thrown 45.0 innings, notching a 3-4 record with one save and a 7.31 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 .303 with 22 RBI, 34 runs, 8 doubles and three home runs.
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 .958 fielding percentage.
MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
•Leah White has been one of Stanford’s most consistent players in all areas this season. The junior is tied for the team lead in hits (55), and second in batting average (.369), stolen bases (13) and on-base percentage (.457). She has been terrific defensively, starting every game in left field and recording a .972 fielding percentage.
• In conference play, White leads Stanford in batting (.362), hits (21) and triples (1). She is second on the team in RBI (17), total bases (30) and doubles (4). She boasts a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage against Pac-12 competition.
• Ashby is third on the team with a .333 batting average against Pac-12 competition. She leads the team with 16 walks, a .508 on-base percentage and a .604 slugging percentage.
• Bonstrom has been on fire in recent weeks, including last weekend against No. 1/1 Oregon when she went 5-for-10 with three doubles and two RBI. She leads the team in doubles (6) and total bases (32), and is tied for second in hits (20) and home runs (2). Bonstrom is third on the team in RBI (14). She is the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
• Stanford has been electric on the base paths this year, stealing 50 bases in 57 attempts (88 percent). Hanna Winter has taken 14 bases in 17 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 tied for second on the team in doubles (13), fourth in total bases (55) and home runs (3), and fifth in RBI (31)
WINTER’S HOT CORNER
• Hanna Winter has been outstanding defensively this season, leading the team with 125 assists and holding a .953 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.
• 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.
• 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 746-353-3 (.678) 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).