Three matches. Three days. Three shutouts.
The No. 20 Stanford women's tennis team put the finishing touches on a dominant weekend, blanking No. 38 Texas, 7-0, Sunday at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal (8-2) enters the upcoming 12-day break having won four in a row, including three consecutive shutout victories.
The Longhorns (3-6) dropped their opening contest of a three-match West Coast road swing.
Stanford grabbed a 1-0 lead after winning the doubles point, surrendering only nine games combined through three matches.
Stacey Tan collected Stanford's first point in singles, taking down Elizabeth Begley 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 4 spot.
Krista Hardebeck followed with her team-leading 20th overall victory, breezing past Noel Scott 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 3 position.
Ellen Tsay provided the clincher on court five, putting away Lina Padegimaite 6-3, 6-3.
Among the insurance victories: Natalie Dillon posting her second dual match win of the season, Nicole Gibbs shaking off a first-set loss before winning with a dominant tiebreaker and Kristie Ahn grinding out a hard-fought victory at No. 2.
Stanford is idle until Saturday, March 23, when Colorado visits The Farm for the first time as a Pac-12 member.
Teagan Gerhart pitched a three-hitter and No. 18 Stanford beat visiting Pacific, 2-0, Sunday as part of the Louisville Slugger Classic.
The Cardinal (22-5) take a two-week break for finals, returning to action on March 23 to open a three-game series at Oregon.
Gerhart recorded her third shutout of the season. She allowed three hits and issued one walk, while fanning six Tiger batters.
Sarah Hassman was 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Cardinal. Corey Hanewich tallied an RBI, a stolen base and scored a run for Stanford, while Kayla Bonstrom was 2-for-3.
Ninth-ranked Stanford fell victim to a series of dominating pitching performances over the weekend, with John Richy's two-hitter Sunday the topper.
UNLV completed a sweep of the Cardinal with a 5-1 victory and Stanford has two weeks to get over it. Stanford is off until traveling to Utah to open conference play on March 22.
Richy was cost-effective, needing only 98 pitches to complete his masterpiece. He did not allow a hit and struck out four.
Stanford (10-5) got terrific efforts from its starters, including freshman Bobby Zarubin, who allowed five runs -- one earned -- on five hits in his 6 1/3 innings of work.
Stanford committed three errors in each of its three games with the Running Rebels and each seemingly costly.
Stanford's lone run came in the fourth. Brett Michael Doran reached second on a throwing error, Danny Diekroeger grounded out to advance Doran and Brian Ragira hit a sacrifice fly.
Brant Whiting accounted for a single in the sixth to breakup Richy's no-hitter. Ragira added a single in the seventh.
Sam Lindquist gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings of relief and Garrett Hughes was tagged for one hit and struck out one in the ninth.
The 18th-ranked Stanford lacrosse team pulled out a gutsy 14-10 victory over Temple, Sunday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
After leading the entire first half, Stanford (4-2) endured a 4-2 scoring run by Temple (4-1) to start the second that knotted the game at 8-8 with 22:39 to play.
The tie wouldn't last long, however, as Stanford junior Rachel Ozer scored her first goal on the day to spark a 4-0 run for the Cardinal. Sophomore Rachel Hinds added two unassisted goals just 27 seconds apart, while freshman Meg Lentz capped the rally with her sixth goal on the year.
Ozer has been on a scoring tear to start the season and tallied two goals and an assist against Temple. She leads Stanford with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists on the season.
Hinds doubled her season total in goals with her two scores and also picked up her first assist of the year. Head coach Amy Bokker was impressed with Hinds' performance in such a crucial moment of the game.
"She always brings a good element of speed to the midfield and she had a nose for the net today," Bokker said. "Her goals came at really key moments that gave our team a lot of momentum."
No. 49 Stanford notched a 4-3 victory over Boise State on Sunday afternoon at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Stanford (5-5, 0-0 Pac-12) has won back-to-back matches, pushing its record back to the .500 mark before an upcoming two-week break.
Boise State (6-8, 1-1 Mountain West) saw its three-match winning streak come to an end.
The Cardinal earned a 1-0 lead following an extremely competitive doubles point. With the first two matches split, Stanford's No. 2 duo of Maciek Romanowicz and Robert Stineman outlasted Garrett Patton and Scott Sears 9-8 (6) despite falling behind 4-1 in the tiebreaker.
Moving into singles, Trey Strobel increased Stanford's lead to 2-0 following a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Patton at the No. 6 position.
Boise State crept to within 2-1, as Thomas Tenreiro edged Daniel Ho 6-3, 6-2 next door on court five.
Stanford moved in front 3-1 when Nolan Paige defeated Nathan Sereke 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot.
However, Boise State countered with a victory at the top spot of the lineup, as No. 30 Andrew Bettles topped No. 45 John Morrissey 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the only matchup of the day between nationally-ranked opponents.
With Stanford leading 3-2, Romanowicz came through with the clincher when he outlasted Scott Sears 6-4, 7-6 (3) on court three.
Filipp Pogostkin accounted for Boise State's third point with a three-set win over Robert Stineman at No. 4.
Stanford is back in action on Monday, March 25, hosting Nevada at 11 a.m.
Coming off an outstanding Pac-12 tri-meet victory over No. 10 Oregon State and California on March 1, the ninth-ranked Stanford women's gymnastics team looked to carry its momentum into Sunday's matchup against No. 2 Oklahoma and North Carolina.
Stanford (11-4) received standout performances from multiple gymnasts - including Ashley Morgan who claimed her fifth all-around victory on the year - but was unable to top Oklahoma (19-0), falling to the Sooners, 197.525-196.000. The Cardinal finished second overall, outscoring the University of North Carolina (5-7) which totaled 195.300.
Oklahoma showed why it is the second-ranked team in the country, claiming the highest team scores in each event and claiming every individual title except for the all-around.
Stanford was forced to overcome minor errors and missed routines at different points throughout the competition, but head coach Kristen Smyth was happy with how her team covered for each other and responded with solid performances.
The Cardinal began the competition on beam and was led by Ivana Hong who earned a 9.875 to place third. She was followed by Amanda Spinner who tallied a 9.800.
Senior Ashley Morgan led the way for Stanford on floor as she continued to provide consistency and strong routines for the Cardinal. Morgan finished tied for second with Oklahoma's Taylor Spears, scoring a 9.900 en route to earning the meet's highest all-around score of 39.325.
Junior Shona Morgan and freshman Taylor Rice tied for Stanford's second-highest scores on floor, posting 9.800s. Morgan had a strong meet, earning another 9.800 on bars and a 9.775 on beam.
After two strong rounds at second, Stanford men's golf shot a 12-over-par 300 in the final round to finish fifth at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters.
The Cardinal (286-290-300) had a low of one over today from Patrick Rodgers and Cameron Wilson. Both players made bogeys on the first hole and recovered with birdies scattered throughout the round.
Rodgers, a sophomore, made a birdie on the 18th hole to get into the four-way playoff between California's Michael Kim, New Mexico's James Erkenbeck and Alabama's Cory Whitsett. All four players shot four under in the tournament and were credited with a victory. Rodgers (66-73-73), however, birdied the 18th again during sudden death for the individual medal.
California (285-280-291), shooting the final round low at three over, won the tournament at 856, 20 strokes ahead of the Cardinal.
Wilson (71-71-73) finished at one-under-par 215 for fifth. The junior made five birdies in the final round with three consecutive ones on the last three holes.
For senior Andrew Yun (73-74-76), a final four-over round tied him for 31st at 223. Freshman David Boote (76-72-78) tied for 48th at 226, while senior Steve Kearney (83-75-79) tied for 75th at 237.
Steven Irvin led Stanford with 18 kills, but it wasn't enough as the No. 4 Cardinal went into the end-of-the-quarter break with a second consecutive three-set loss, this time to UCLA, 25-21, 25-23, 29-27 at the Wooden Center on Sunday.
Stanford (12-8 overall) fell to 9-8 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation heading into a 19-day break that coach John Kosty considers the midpoint of the season, though seven matches remain. The Cardinal dropped into a sixth-place tie in the 13-team conference, and holds the seventh-seeded position for the eight-team MPSF postseason tournament, which determines the conference's only NCAA automatic berth.
Fortunately for Stanford, four of its remaining matches are at home, where the Cardinal is 9-1. More specifically, Stanford is 7-0 at Maples Pavilion where the Cardinal carries a 13-match winning streak and where its remaining home schedule will take place.
However, the Cardinal is 3-7 on the road, a record that UCLA made worse during the Cardinal's fourth and final Pac-12 Networks match this season (Stanford went 2-2). Stanford dropped back-to-back three-set matches for the first time since a dubious weekend at USC and Pepperdine in 2009.
Irvin had only two errors in 27 swings for a .593 hitting percentage, and had a team-high five digs, and Brian Cook had 11 kills and a .304 percentage, while Stanford hit a healthy .358 as a team. But the Cardinal had a season-low one block and didn't trouble the Bruins too much with its serving, allowing UCLA to pound a .470 hitting percentage -- the highest allowed by Stanford all season.
In each set, the Cardinal had to play from behind and made runs that fell just short of victory.
In the first, Stanford trailed 17-10 before closing to within 23-21 on an Irvin kill. In the second, Stanford cut a 22-15 deficit to 24-23. And in the third, Stanford was down 24-22 before fighting off three match points to take leads of 26-25 and 27-26, before UCLA closed it out.
Stanford setter James Shaw returned to the starting lineup after missing Friday's loss to UC Santa Barbara and had 23 assists.
Next, the Cardinal will shake the rust during an alumni match on March 23 (7 p.m.) at Burnham Pavilion, before returning to MPSF play against visiting Cal State Northridge and Long Beach State, on March 29-30.