Annika Dries and Kiley Neushul bagged hat tricks to pace nine Cardinal scorers as No. 2 Stanford nabbed its second Mountain Pacific Sports Federation women's water polo win with a 15-4 victory over visiting No. 10 San Jose State on Saturday.
Stanford (14-1, 2-0 MPSF) now enters a 13-day break for final exams and will return to action March 22 against Harvard at Avery Aquatic Center. Harvard is coached by former Castilleja coach Ted Minnis.
In addition to the hat tricks from Dries and Neushul, Jillian Garton and Maggie Steffens each scored twice while Kaley Dodson, Alexis Lee, Kaitlyn Lo, Lexie Ross and Melissa Seidemann added a goal apiece.
Gabby Stone started in the cage and made nine saves and holding the Spartans to just four goals.
Neushul, Steffens and Lee scored within a 2:37 span of the opening period to get Stanford out to a quick 3-0 lead before the Spartans (8-6, 0-1 MPSF) pulled one back thanks to Rae Lekness at the 2:33 mark. Neushul, however, quickly re-established the three-goal margin, firing home one just 26 seconds later.
That goal kicked off a 5-0 run that gave Stanford a commanding 9-1 lead by the 5:45 mark of the third period. The run included two second-period goals from Dries sandwiched by scores from Ross and Seidemann. Dries scored her third goal to cap the run in the third period.
UNLV clinched its three-game series against No. 9 Stanford with a 12-2 win Saturday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. The Rebels (12-3) posted three multi-run innings and out-hit Stanford, 15-9, during the nonconference matchup.
Entering the series with the Rebels, Stanford had been out-hit in seven contests but was victorious in each of those outings.
Stanford (10-4) now has dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season and looks to avoid the series sweep at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
UNLV improved its winning streak to eight games for its longest winning streak since 2009, the same season in which Stanford dropped its last nonconference home series.
Danny Diekroeger, Brant Whiting and Drew Jackson each had two hits for the Cardinal. Whiting put Stanford on the board by scoring on Diekroeger's third-inning single down the leftfield line. Whiting singled to center to start the inning.
Staring at a 4-1 deficit in the fourth, Alex Blandino doubled down the leftfield line and scored when Whiting's second hit of the game dropped into right for a single.
UNLV put the game out of reach with a three-run fifth. The Rebels then scored a pair in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Three Cardinal errors led to four unearned UNLV runs. Stanford starter John Hochstatter (0-1) dropped his first decision on the season, lasting 2.0 innings after being tagged for two earned runs on five hits.
Stanford left 10 runners on base after leaving nine stranded during Friday night's 3-2 setback to the Rebels.
Stanford trails in second at even-par 576 following the second round of the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters on Saturday in Las Vegas, Nev.
Stanford's Patrick Rodgers is the tournament front-runner after shooting a 1-over-par 73 -- firing three early birdies over the front nine. With a 66 in the opening round, the sophomore heads into the last day at 5-under.
"The wind on the front nine made a few of the holes accessible," said Rodgers who has a two-stroke lead. "I tried to fight hard on the back but it was playing tough. I just made a few bogeys with quality shots that ended up in the wrong spots. I feel comfortable with my game, and if I can make good decisions tomorrow hopefully I can lead the comeback."
California (285-280), the only team to shoot under par Saturday, went 8-under for the team lead at 565, 11 strokes ahead of the Cardinal (286-290).
Stanford's Cameron Wilson led the team at 71 after making four consecutive birdies over the front nine. The junior is tied for fourth at 142 after a 71 in the opening round.
Fifth-ranked Stanford posted its highest team score of the year Saturday with a 438.600 to defeat No. 14 Army and Springfield at West Point, N.Y.
Stanford (9-1) earned a season-best 75.850 on floor exercise and outscored Army (6-6) and Springfield (7-12) in all six events. Army finished second overall with a 413.500, while Springfield posted a 403.300.
Stanford's reigning National Gymnast of the Week, Eddie Penev, won his fourth floor and fourth all-around individual titles on the season, posting season-highs of 16.050 and 89.100. Penev was just one-tenth of a point off from his career-high in the all-around (89.200).
Penev also recorded a career-best 14.700 on pommel horse, tied his career-high on high bar with a 14.800 and earned a season-best 14.700 on rings.
Stanford's Paul Hichwa and Sean Senters had strong performances on floor, both tying their career-bests of 15.200, good for third-place finishes.
John Martin led Stanford on pommel horse, posting a season-best 15.100. Martin's score is the highest of any Cardinal gymnast this season. Martin now holds Stanford's top two scores on pommel horse this season.
Freshman Dennis Zaremski has come on strong on rings in the latter half of the season and won his second individual title in as many weeks, earning a 15.200.
The Cardinal had a strong performance on vault and was led by Penev who finished second with a 15.200. He was followed by Senters (14.550) and Kevin Baker (14.650).
Sophomore Brian Knott set a career-high on parallel bars with a 15.250 to claim his second first-place finish on the season. Martin earned a season-high 14.450 to place second.
Hichwa delivered his second career-best performance of the day on high bar, earning a 15.300 to finish first overall. His score is the highest of any Stanford gymnast this season.
Freshman Jonathan Deaton and Penev posted 14.800s on high bar to tie for second. It was a career-best for Deaton, while Penev matched his career-high.
Stanford will head to Norway for its next competition, as it takes on the Norwegian and Italian national teams on March 23. The Cardinal will return stateside for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on April 6.
No. 18th-ranked Stanford showcased a high-powered offense, Saturday, in a 9-7 win over Minnesota and an 8-0 five-inning victory against Florida Gulf Coast in the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic. The Cardinal moves to 21-5 overall, while the Golden Gophers drop to 12-9 and the Eagles fell to 15-8.
Sophomore pitcher Nyree White (2-0) tallied her second straight win on Saturday, replacing freshman Kelsey Stevens in the fourth inning against Minnesota. She allowed just one hit and no runs while fanning six batters. Kelsey Kimminau took the loss for the Gophers, dropping to 0-3.
Against Florida Gulf Coast, senior Teagan Gerhart posted her 10th win of the season. She tossed a one-hitter and struck out six batters. She is now 10-3 overall. The Eagles' Shelby Morgan recorded the loss, falling to 6-5.
Track and field
Stanford junior Tyler Stutzman finished fourth in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships on Saturday, giving the Cardinal its top finish at the meet.
Stutzman ran 3:59.70 and was followed by teammate Michael Atchoo in eighth place in 4:04.92 on the 200-meter banked Mondo track at the Randal Tyson Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
The sub-four-minute mile was the third of the season for Stutzman and second in as many days, following his 3:59.93 in the prelims. By finishing among the top eight, Stutzman and Atchoo earned their second first-team All-America honors of the meet, after running legs of Stanford's eighth-place distance medley relay on Friday.
Arizona junior Lawi Lalang (3:54.74) and North Carolina State's Ryan Hill (3:55.25) each broke the existing meet mile record of 3:55.33, held by Michigan's Kevin Sullivan since 1995. Defending champion Chris O'Hare of Tulsa was seventh.
Stanford's Jules Sharpe was 13th in the men's high jump at 7-2 1/2. He cleared his opening height of 6-10 3/4 on his second try, and 7-2 1/2 on his third. Sharpe had three attempts at a school-record 7-3 3/4, but was unsuccessful.
At the top, Indiana's Derek Drouin captured his third consecutive NCAA indoor title, clearing 7-8 1/2 in a matchup of Olympic medalists. Drouin, who won silver at the 2012 London Games, finished ahead of bronze medalist Erik Kynard of Kansas State, who settled for third at 7-6.
In the women's shot put, Stanford senior Alyssa Wisdom competed in her first NCAA championship meet, but fouled three times and did not record a mark or a place.
Overall, the Stanford men scored seven points, but the Cardinal women were scoreless.
Stanford begins its outdoor season in earnest by playing host to the Stanford Invitational on March 29-30 at Cobb Track & Angell Field.