Stanford's Lonnie Kauppila helped finish off a successful weekend sweep of visiting Texas as he doubled off the right-center wall in the bottom of the ninth to score Alex Blandino from first for a 2-1 walk-off win on Sunday in Sunken Diamond.
Kauppila's hit was the 10th on the day for No. 14 Stanford (9-2) as the Cardinal won its eighth straight and swept the No. 22 Longhorns (6-5) for the second straight season.
In his first career start, Cardinal hurler Bobby Zarubin limited the Longhorns to a pair of hits on 99 pitches in 8.0 innings. Zarubin even showed off his athleticism by diving off the bump to catch a Jeremy Montalbano popup bunt in the second while doubling off C.J. Hinojosa at first.
Garrett Hughes (2-0) was handed the ball and delivered a scoreless ninth, facing four batters while earning the win.
The Cardinal is off to another hot start this season after going 14-1 to begin the 2012 campaign. Stanford limited the Longhorns to 13 hits and three earned runs during the weekend's three-game slate.
Wayne Taylor went 3-for-7 in the series, including a triple Sunday against the Longhorns. Kauppila was 4-for-10 against Texas with Brian Ragira improving his hitting streak to eight games.
Ragira has reached base safely in each of Stanford's 11 games this season.
Taylor, Blandino and Kauppila each had two hits Sunday. Blandino's one-out single in the ninth set up the game-winning heroics for Kauppila, who got the knock off of Texas reliever Corey Knebel (0-1).
It was one of three hits allowed by Knebel in 2.1 innings after stepping in for Nathan Thornhill. Thornhill surrendered seven hits and one earned run in the first six inning. Thornhill received one run from the Longhorns in the third to tie the game at 1.
Austin Slater singled and Ragira doubled in the first, with Slater scoring on Justin Ringo's infield groundout. Texas got the run back on an Erich Weiss infield grounder two innings later.
Stanford puts its winning streak on the line on Tuesday at Santa Clara at 6 p.m.
The 15th-ranked Cardinal blanked Indiana, 7-0, Sunday, at the final day of the Easton Invitational in Fullerton. The Cardinal improves to 17-5 overall, while the Hoosiers drop to 10-10.
Senior pitcher Teagan Gerhart picked up the win in the circle, moving to 8-3 on the year. She finished with five strikeouts and allowed just two hits in five innings. Sophomore Nyree White replaced Gerhart in the sixth inning, recording two strikeouts.
The Cardinal bats came alive in the top of the second inning, where senior Jenna Rich led off with a home run to centerfield. Sophomore right fielder Cassandra Roulund doubled to left center, and then was brought home by freshman Kayla Bonstrom, who hit a double to centerfield. Bonstrom gave Stanford a 3-0 lead as she scored on an RBI single to by freshman Kaitlin Schaberg.
Three errors by the Hoosiers in the top of the third inning, allowed the Cardinal to score to more runs and increase its lead to 5-0 before adding two more runs in the fourth inning.
Up next, the Cardinal plays a mid-week game at UC Davis on Wednesday, March 6 before hosting the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic at Smith Family Stadium starting Friday. All regular season home games are free.
Stanford posted top-three finishes in a pair of relays to begin the 2013 Pac-12 Conference Men's Swimming and Diving Championships that began Sunday at the King County Aquatic Cente in Federal Way, Wash.
The Cardinal ranks third among the six scoring teams at the meet, totaling 66 points behind Cal (74) and USC (70).
"I was very happy with our relay efforts, and we had great leadoff legs on both of our 800 free relay," said head coach Ted Knapp.
The meet began with the 200 medley relay as David Nolan, Andrew Saeta, Jack Lane and Aaron Wayne teamed to go 1:24.48 for an NCAA 'A' cut and second-place finish.
Cal claimed the 200 medley relay for the sixth year in a row with a 1:24.42. Stanford was only .06 seconds behind.
That output was followed by another NCAA 'A' cut (6:22.32) and third-place finish by Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer, Sean Duggan, Mitchell Stoehr and Thomas Stephens in the 800 free relay.
USC was victorious in the 800 free relay (6:16.88) for the Trojans' first win the event since 2010.
Also highlighting the night for the Cardinal was Mack Montgomery, whose 1:43.70 in the 200 fly qualified him for the NCAA Championships.
The Pac-12 Championships continue Monday with the 500 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free and the 200 free relay.
Impressive tournament runs by a pair of Stanford duos came to an end on Sunday afternoon at the 124th annual Pacific Coast Doubles tournament in La Jolla.
USC's Max De Vroome and Eric Johnson downed Stanford's Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman, 6-0, 6-3, in one semifinal, while UCLA's Marcos Giron and Dennis Novikov (UCLA) outlasted the Cardinal's Denis Lin and John Morrissey, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
Lin and Morrissey were particularly dominant through their first five matches, dropping a combined 15 games over their first five matches and knocking off the event's No. 1 duo.
Romanowicz and Stineman were equally impressive, defeating the tournament's No. 2 team along the way.
Stanford was seeking its third consecutive doubles title at the event, after Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher captured the crown each of the past two seasons.
The tournament included players from 19 schools, in addition to teaching professionals, juniors, college coaches, former tour players and independent entrants competing in the 128-team draw.
Brian Cook had 20 kills in a strong all-around performance to lead No. 4 Stanford to a 26-28, 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 15-10 victory over No. 13 USC in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action in Maples Pavilion on Sunday night.
Stanford (12-6 overall, 9-6) snapped a five-match losing streak to the Trojans (4-9, 4-9), but had to rally from a 2-1 deficit after three sets to do so.
Cook had nine digs, six blocks, and four service aces in addition to his .326 hitting percentage. Freshman setter James Shaw had 48 assists, 10 digs, and four blocks.
Stanford earned its second five-set victory in as many nights, following Saturday's victory over Pepperdine. The Cardinal now moves into a fourth-place tie with Pepperdine in the 13-team MPSF going into this weekend's road swing to UC Santa Barbara and UCLA.