ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- (May 18, 2000) The number six seeded Central Michigan Chippewas (32-11) defeated Stanford (45-17), the number one seed in Region 8, 2-1 in 13 innings.
Central Michigan scored the winning run in the top of the 13th inning when senior pitcher Tina Kinney drove in sophomore Becky Manson. The RBI was Kinney's second of the game and Manson's second run of the game after the two teamed up to get the Chippewas on the board in the third inning.
Tina Kinney went the distance for the Chippewas striking out eight batters and giving up just one walk. Second-team all-PAC 10 selection Dana Sorenson also went the distance for Stanford striking out 15 batters. Both pitchers gave up eight hits in the game.
Stanford started the scoring early when PAC-10 Player of the Year Jessica Mendoza hit a solo home run off of Kinney in the bottom of the first inning. Kinney was then able to shut the Stanford offense down for 12 innings. She has now won 76 career games and is only one victory away from tying the Mid-American Conference career win mark.
Central Michigan was led at the plate by Manson who went 4-for-6 with one stolen base and two runs scored. Kinney helped herself by going 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Central Michigan will play the loser of the # 3 Notre Dame vs. #4 Illinois-Chicago tomorrow at 12:30.