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Stanford Takes On Utah
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 04/16/2014

Stanford (25-16, 2-10 Pac-12)
Utah (18-19, 3-11 Pac-12)
Thur. – 2 p.m. (PT) • Fri. – 2 p.m.  Sat. – 11 a.m.
Ute Stadium  Salt Lake City
Television  The games on Thursday and Friday will be televised on the Pac-12 Network and Saturday’s game will be streamed live via GoStanford.com.
Live Stats  Live in-game statistics will be provided via GoStanford.com
Social  Facebook.com/StanfordSBall – Twitter.com/StanfordSBall – Instagram.com/StanfordSoftball

STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford hits the road for the fourth time in five weeks when it heads to Utah this weekend for a three-game series.

The series begins Thursday at 2 p.m. (PT), continues Friday at 2 p.m. and concludes Saturday at 11 a.m. The games on Thursday and Friday will be televised on the Pac-12 Network and Saturday’s game will be streamed online.

The Cardinal went 1-2 last weekend against No. 10/10 Washington. The Cardinal fell 7-0 in the series opener but responded with a dominating performance in game two, defeating the Huskies 13-5 in six innings. Stanford couldn’t keep the momentum going in the finale, dropping a 11-2 decision in five innings.

Cassandra Roulund and Hanna Winter played well for the duration of the Washington series, making multiple highlight defensive plays and leading the Cardinal in batting. Roulund hit a team-best .429 (3-for-7) with two RBI and a walk. Winter finished the weekend going 2-for-6 (.333) with one double, three walks and an RBI.

Kylie Sorenson (3-3) picked up the victory in the circle for Stanford in game two, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out three and allowing one walk in 4.1 innings.

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

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SCOUTING UTAH
 Utah enters the weekend 18-19 overall and 3-11 in Pac-12 play. The Utes are 2-3 in their past five games, falling in three consecutive games at Arizona State last weekend and picking up two victories Monday at Utah Valley.

 Utah is led offensively by Kate Dickman who is batting .414 and leads the team in hits (55), doubles (12), total bases (80) and slugging percentage (.602). Four additional Utes are batting over .300, including Hannah Flippen (.392), Kendal Bergman (.333), Anissa Urtez (.317) and Mariah Ramirez (.302). Bridget Castro leads the team with five home runs.

 Kayce Nieto (8-11) has seen a majority of the time in the circle for Utah and holds a 4.88 ERA with 42 strikeouts in 104.2 innings. Nieto has held the opposition to a .322 batting average. Sammy Cordova (7-5) has contributed significant time at pitcher, throwing 83.2 innings and recording a 3.76 ERA. Mariah Ramirez (3-3) holds a 4.77 ERA in 54.1 innings.

THE UTAH SERIES
 Stanford is 11-2 all-time against Utah and swept last year’s series in convincing fashion, winning each game by a run-rule decision. The Cardinal opened the 2013 series with an 8-0 victory in six innings, won the second game 12-0 in five innings and punctuated the weekend with a 9-1 victory in the finale.

UP NEXT
 Stanford will play host to Santa Clara on Tuesday before welcoming No. 1/1 Oregon for a three-game set. Friday’s game against Oregon will be televised on ESPNU.

SERIES-OPENING THRILLERS
• Stanford is 1-3 in series-openers against Pac-12 opponents this season, with three of the four 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 lost 7-0 to Washington.

 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).

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.

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

 Madi Schreyer (17-9) has been strong in the circle, holding a 3.10 ERA with 138 strikeouts and 78 earned runs in 176.0 innings pitched. She has held opponents to a .244 batting average, and of the 172 hits she has allowed, only 34 have gone for extra bases.

 Kylie Sorenson has been outstanding at shortstop and leads the team in batting average (.375), doubles (14), walks (33), slugging percentage (.616) and on-base percentage (.520) on the season. She ranks second on the team in RBI (33) and third in hits (41). She has become Stanford’s second pitcher due to injuries and has pitched 40.2 innings, notching a 3-3 record with one save and a 6.37 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 .315 with 21 RBI, 32 runs, 7 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 .957 fielding percentage.

MODEL OF CONSISTENCY
 Leah White has been one of Stanford’s most consistent players in all areas this season. The junior is second on the team with a .359 batting average, leads the team with 13 stolen bases and is second in hits (46) and fourth in on-base percentage (.446). She has been terrific defensively, starting every game in left field and recording a .969 fielding percentage.

 In conference play, White leads Stanford in batting (.375), hits (15), doubles (4), triples (1) and total bases (21). She is second on the team in RBI (11). 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 third on the team with a .367 batting average. Ashby leads the team with 13 walks, a .568 on-base percentage and a .667 slugging percentage.

 Bonstrom is tied for second on the team with 11 RBI. She is the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.

QUICK FEET
 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 – is third on the team in RBI (30) and home runs (3), third in doubles (8), and fourth in total bases (55).

WINTER’S HOT CORNER
 Hanna Winter has been outstanding defensively this season, leading the team with 107 assists and holding a .950 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.

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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