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Appel sharp in complete game effort against Huskies

Mark Appel retired 15 in a row and pitched a four-hitter as No. 6 Stanford opened a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series at Washington with a 5-2 win on Thursday evening in Seattle.

Lonnie Kauppila and Eric Smith each had three hits as Stanford (3-4, 18-6) rallied from a two-run deficit with a four-run fifth inning.

Appel (4-1) settled down after a shaky start to throw his third complete game of the season. He allowed a two-run double in the first but took a two-hitter into the eighth. He struck out three.

The Huskies (3-4, 16-10) got two consecutive one-out hits in the eighth, but left fielder Tyler Gaffney nailed a runner trying to advance to third, ending the rally.

Appel retired 15 straight until a leadoff single in the eighth. Appel faced two over the minimum after Washington took a 2-0 lead in the first. He finished the game with a perfect ninth.

Stanford took a 4-2 lead in the fifth with Kauppila driving in the first run with a single. Brian Ragira added a two-run single and scored another run on a wild pitch.

Kenny Diekroeger added two hits for the Cardinal, which meets Washington at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Softball

Leah White, Ashley Hansen and Cassandra Roulund each had two hits and Jenna Rich drove in two runs but it wasn't enough as Stanford committed a season-high tying three errors in its 8-5 loss to visiting Oregon in a Pac-12 Conference contest Thursday night.

The 11th-ranked Cardinal (1-6, 27-9) hosts the Ducks again Friday at 7 p.m.

In other news, Stanford infielder Ashley Hansen is among 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Each year, the award is presented to student-athletes who excel not only on the playing field, but also in the classroom and in their community.

The 10 finalists have garnered tremendous achievements both on and off the field and were chosen from a list of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete -- classroom, community, character and competition.

Nationwide balloting begins immediately and continues through May 14 to determine the sixth annual winner, who will receive the award during the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Women's tennis

No. 6-ranked Stanford will put its 14-0 record on the line Saturday against visiting Santa Clara at 9:30 a.m.

Men's tennis

No. 11-ranked Stanford will host Oregon on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and No. 22 Washington on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men's volleyball

No. 5 Stanford (16-6, 13-5 MPSF) will host No. 8 Long Beach State (13-12, 8-10) on Friday and No. 12 Cal State Northridge (10-15, 6-12) on Saturday, both in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Women's water polo

No. 2-ranked Stanford (18-1, 4-0 MPSF) will risk its co-lead in the league when it hosts No. 3 USC (17-3, 4-1) on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Freshman Kiley Neushul leads the Cardinal with 42 goals and is third in the MPSF with 2.21 goals per game. Freshman Ashley Grossman follows with 37 goals, sixth in the conference at 2.06.

Directors' Cup

Stanford remains in first place in the winter Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings with 876.75 total points.

In the most recent NCAA Championships scored, the Cardinal finished third in women's basketball and men's swimming & diving and 10th in fencing.

Ohio State jumped up to second place with 707 total points.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

Comments

Posted by Hard90, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Apr 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm

This is surely disturbing from a Local Kid

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