April 3, 1999
Stanford, Calif. - The Stanford University Softball team split a Pac-10 doubleheader with #14 California on Saturday afternoon at the Stanford Softball Complex. The #9 Cardinal took game one by a 5-0 score, then dropped game two by a 4-3 decision. With the win, Stanford moves to 29-8 overall, 2-4 in the Pac-10, while California goes to 28-9, 1-4 in the Pac-10.
In the first game, Stanford scored two unearned runs in the third inning to take a 2-0 lead. With one out, freshman Jessica Mendoza had a ground out to second base which scored junior Kellie Wiginton, who reached on a error by Cal shortstop Katie May. Senior Michelle Schneider then came came around to score when May overthrew first base with two outs. The Cardinal later added three more insurance runs in the fifth inning. After two of the first three batters reached base, Schneider singled home senior Jennie Foyle to make it 3-0. Mendoza then followed with another single, which scored Wiginton and Schneider to provide the final margin of victory. The five runs is all Stanford would need as senior Marcy Crouch shutdown the Golden Bears for the 21st shutout of her career. Thoush she got in troble early in the game, Crouch (16-4) kept her composure as she limited Cal to four hits and gave up just one walk while taking the win.
Game two was a seesaw battle which finally resulted in a 4-3 victory for the Golden Bears. Though Stanford had leads of 1-0 and 2-1, Cal responded with three runs in the top of the fifth to take a 4-2 lead. With two outs, right fielder Pauline Duenas singled and then stole second. After a walk to Lisa Iancin put runners on first and second, catcher Megumi Takasaki doubled down the left field line to knot the game at two. Next up, designated player Holly Yost singled to center, which scored Iancin and Takasaki for the two-run advantage. However, the Cardinal soon battled back. A solo home run by sophomore Jenni Shideler in the fifth brought Stanford within a run. Later in the game, the Cardinal had runners on first and second with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Unfortunately, a line drive by Mendoza was caught at the right field fence by Duenas to end the game.
Stanford returns to action this Tuesday, April 6th, when the team travels to Sacramento State for a non-conference doubleheader. The Cardinal then returns home next Saturday, April 10th, when it hosts Oregon State in Pac-10 twin bill. Both doubleheaders will begin at 1:00 pm.