No. 24/24 Stanford (24-11, 1-5 Pac-12)
No. 10/10 Arizona (28-8, 3-5 Pac-12)
Fri. – 6 p.m. (PT) • Sat. – 6 p.m. • Sun. – 12 p.m.
Hillenbrand Stadium • Tucson, Ariz.
Polls • Stanford (24 – USA Today/NFCA, 24 – ESPN.com/USA Softball) • Arizona (10 – USA Today/NFCA, 10 – ESPN.com/USA Softball)
Live Stream • A live stream will be available for all three games via GoStanford.com.
Live Stats • Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Radio • All three games will be broadcast on 90.1 KZSU and at kzsulive.stanford.edu.
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STANFORD, Calif. – No. 24/24 Stanford resumes conference play this weekend with a three-game series at No. 10/10 Arizona. It is the final of three scheduled trips the Cardinal will make to the state of Arizona this season after opening the year at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe and a series at Arizona State on March 22-24.
The series begins Friday at 6 p.m. (PT), continues Saturday at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 12 p.m. A live stream will be available for all three games.
The Cardinal went 1-0 last week, defeating Pacific 8-0 in five innings to sweep the season series and end a five-game losing streak. Nine Stanford batters combined for 10 hits and Madi Schreyer (17-6) pitched five shutout innings in the win.
Schreyer was dominant in the circle, not allowing a walk, while recording one strikeout and permitting six hits. She holds a 2.33 ERA in 153.1 innings pitched on the season.
The Cardinal recorded a hit in every inning and drew six walks at Pacific. Hanna Winter led the team with two hits, while seven Stanford players recorded a hit apiece. Leah White paced the Cardinal with two RBI.
Game times, live statistics and results are available via GoStanford.com.
• Arizona enters the weekend 29-8 overall and a perfect 19-0 at home. The Wildcats are 4-5 in the Pac-12 after going 1-2 last weekend at Arizona State.
• Arizona has been strong offensively with four players batting over .400 and eight hitting .300 or better. Alex Lavine leads the team with a .459 batting average, followed by Kelsey Rodriguez (.438), Kellie Fox (.416) and Hallie Wilson (.404). Chelsea Goodacre leads the team with 15 home runs and 51 RBI, while Fox is second on the team in homers (12) and RBI (45). The Wildcats are batting .349 as a team with a .609 slugging percentage.
• Estela Pinon (10-5) has spent a majority of the time in the circle, holding a 1.51 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 79.0 innings. Pinon has held opponents to a .178 batting average. Kenzie Fowler (5-3) and Nancy Bowling (6-0) have also seen significant innings in the circle. Fowler holds a 2.01 ERA in 52.1 innings, while Bowling boasts a team-best 1.37 ERA in 46.0 innings.
THE ARIZONA SERIES
• Stanford is 10-57-1 all-time against Arizona and went 1-2 against the Wildcats in last year’s series. The Cardinal dropped the first game last year 5-3, but responded with a 2-0 victory in the second matchup. Stanford fell 4-3 in nine innings in the final game of the series.
• Stanford returns home after three weeks on the road and will play host to No. 9/9 Washington on April 10-12. Thursday’s game at 8 p.m. will be televised on ESPNU, while Saturday’s 7 p.m. matchup will be broadcast on ESPN2.
• Stanford is 1-1 in series-openers against Pac-12 opponents this season, defeating California 14-13 and falling to Arizona State 16-15 in nine innings. The Cardinal scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to earn the comeback victory against California. 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.
IN THE POLLS
• The Cardinal, which has appeared in every regular-season poll for more than a decade, checked in this week at 24th in the USA Today/NFCA poll and in the ESPN.com/USA Softball poll.
• Stanford’s five-member freshman class has made significant contributions throughout the season:
• Madi Schreyer (17-6) has been dominant in the circle, holding a 2.33 ERA with 119 strikeouts and just 51 earned runs in 153.1 innings pitched. She has held opponents to a .223 batting average, and of the 132 hits she has allowed, only 22 have gone for extra bases.
• Kylie Sorenson has been outstanding at shortstop and leads the team in batting average (.381), doubles (14), walks (26), and on-base percentage (.516) on the season. She ranks second on the team in slugging percentage (.629), and third in RBI (26) and hits (37). She has pitched 32.0 innings and holds a 2-2 record with one save and a 4.38 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 .344 with 20 RBI, 29 runs, 7 doubles and two 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 .956 fielding percentage.
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 third on the team with a .353 batting average, followed by Bonstrom who’s hitting .318. Ashby leads the team with seven walks, while Bonstrom is third in hits (7) and tied for third in RBI (4).
• Bonstrom is the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
• Stanford has been electric on the base paths this year, stealing 48 bases in 53 attempts (91 percent). Leah White has swiped 13 bags in 14 tries, while Hanna Winter has taken 12 bases in 14 attempts. Tylyn Wells has been successful in 11 of 12 stolen base attempts.
ON A ROLL
• Cassandra Roulund – or “Boo” as she’s known by teammates, coaches and fans – leads the team in RBI (28) and is second on the team in total bases (55), doubles (8) and home runs (3).
WINTER’S HOT CORNER
• Hanna Winter has been outstanding defensively this season, leading the team with 93 assists and holding a .957 fielding percentage. While Winter has spent a majority of time at third base, she has made multiple appearances at shortstop. 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 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 744-345-3 (.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 claimed a share of its first conference championship and made two appearances in the Women’s College World Series (2001, 2004).