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One goal, two wins and the Pac-10 award

Lamming makes a good impression on the me's soccer world

For Stanford junior midfielder Cameron Lamming the math is simple: one career goal equals one career Pac-10 Men's Soccer Player of the Week honor.

He earned the honors after a weekend in which the Cardinal matched, in game five, its win total of last year (4-11-1).

At the Bay Area Classic last weekend, Lamming led the Cardinal to a pair of victories over Santa Clara and USF.

In Thursday's 2-0 win over the Broncos, Lamming was part of Stanford's defensive efforts that held Santa Clara scoreless.

Against the Dons on Sunday, he scored a golden goal in the first overtime to break a scoreless tie with the defending West Coast Conference champion. He beat a defender and made a shot into the top right corner not even two minutes into the extra time to score his first career goal.

Lamming helped increase Stanford's scoring from 0.78 last year to 1.80 so far in 2009. He's also partly responsible for the Cardinal's lower goals against average this year (0.80) as opposed to last season (1.17).

This is Stanford's 11th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Week.

Baseball

Three Stanford grads -- pitcher Drew Storen, outfielder Michael Taylor and catcher Jason Castro -- were named the top prospects for their respective teams by Baseball America. Storen was named top pitcher in the Washington Nationals system, while Taylor and Castro were the top hitting prospects for the Philadelphia Phillies and Houston Astros, respectively.

Storen made the quickest rise to the top after saving seven games last season at Stanford. The Nationals "closer in waiting" saved another 11 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg over the final two months of the summer. The 10th overall selection in June went 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA with 49 strikeouts over 37 innings in the minors.

Castro, the 10th overall pick in 2008, is currently playing for Team USA at the World Cup in Europe. He hit .300 with 10 home runs and 73 RBI for Single-A Lancaster and Double-A Corpus Christi. The Astros catcher was also named a starter to the Futures Game in July, where he hit a three-run home run.

Taylor finished the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hit .282 with five home runs over 110 at-bats. He opened by batting .333 with 18 steals and 15 homers at Double-A Reading. Taylor, the former fifth round selection in 2007, has 39 homers in his professional career.

Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger, Sacred Heart Prep grad Ryan Sakowski and Mark Appel, younger brother of Stanford women's basketball All-American Jayne Appel, are members of Stanford's 10th-ranked baseball recruiting class of 2009-10.

Diekroeger chose Stanford over signing a lucrative contract with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, who made him their second round pick in the June First-Year Player Draft.

Appel, a right-handed pitcher, was a high school All-American, and Sakowski was an all-league pick at Sacred Heart Prep.

They are joined by Jeremy Stewart, regarded by some as the best prep athlete in Colorado history, Chris Jenkins, Stephen Piscotty, Massachusetts righthander Sahil Bloom; 6-8 Carlsbad lefthander and prep All-American Garrett Hughes; Iowa State Player of the Year and righthander Dean McArdle; Los Angeles all league outfielder Gavin McCourt, the son of Dodgers owners Frank and Jamie McCourt; Rancho Palo Verdes catcher Trevor Penny, the Bay League's MVP; Illinois all-state first baseman and outfielder Justin Ringo; and La Canada all-state infielder Eric Smith.

Diekroeger hit .586 during his senior season at Menlo High, earning prep All-America honors by Baseball America, while Stewart was also a top 100 prospect by Baseball America who could have played Division I football or basketball. Stewart hit .544 with 56 RBIs as a senior.

The freshmen class also features prep All-Americans in Appel, a 6-5 righthander who went 4-0 with an 0.90 ERA last spring, and Jenkins, a 6-7 righthander who struck out 82 over 49 1-3 innings. Piscotty, a third baseman and pitcher, hit .450 as the East Bay Athletic League MVP, while also going 8-3 as Amador Valley High's No. 1 starter.

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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