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Stanford drops the ball in season-opening loss to Rice

Zach Hoffpauir gave the Stanford baseball team a 3-1 lead on a towering three-run home run, but Rice scored nine unanswered runs to knock off the Cardinal, 10-3, in front of 1,298 fans at Sunken Diamond Friday in the season opener.

Stanford (0-1) used five pitchers, including four freshmen, as newcomer Cal Quantrill (0-1) took the loss in his collegiate debut after throwing 4 2/3 innings.

The Canadian right-hander worked quickly through the first four innings after Rice went up 1-0 in the first, striking out six and walking one.

"I thought he was good," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "His changeup was good, but he left a a few pitches up that they hit. They can hit."

Freshman Tyler Thorne was the first out of the bullpen and worked into the sixth when Rice tallied four more runs off of three pitchers.

Hoffpauir's homer was the highlight of the night for Stanford, as the Cardinal was limited to seven hits by a pair of Rice pitchers.

Freshman Griffin Weir shutout Rice over the final two innings. He surrendered two base runners, a walk and a hit, to close out the game for Stanford.

Stanford spread out its seven hits among seven different players. Tommy Edman, one of seven freshmen to appear for the Cardinal, picked up his first career hit, a double down the left field line in the second inning.

Men's gymnastics

No. 3 Stanford delivered a season-best team score to hand No. 1 Oklahoma its first loss of the season Friday at the Metroplex Challenge.

The Cardinal won five of six events to outscore Oklahoma, 445.150-442.400.

Stanford scored season-bests on floor (75.800), rings (75.550) and high bar (74.500), and tied its season high on pommel horse (72.750)

Akash Modi and Sean Senters scored collegiate bests of 15.150 on pommel horse and vault, respectively, to finish first in the events. Modi picked up a second individual victory on parallel bars with a 15.050.

The win comes a week after Stanford fell at Oklahoma, 447.700-437.250.

Stanford will have an extended break from collegiate competition with gymnasts heading to the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas – a non-NCAA event used to determine U.S. Gymnastics national team members.

The Cardinal will return to action March 1 at home in the Collegiate Challenge. Stanford will take on California along with the collegiate national teams from Japan, Norway, Canada and Finland.

Track and field

Stanford senior Erik Olson made a strong bid to qualify for the NCAA indoor track and field championships by crushing his personal record in the 5,000 meters at the Husky Classic at University of Washington.

Olson finished fourth in an invitational field to run 13:42.52, placing him at No. 6 on Stanford's all-time indoor performance list.

Both Olson, who had a previous best of 13:46.12 outdoors, and teammate Joe Rosa cracked 14 minutes, with Rosa running a best of 13:56.76. Before this weekend, only three runners in the country had broken 14 minutes.

Those with the best 16 marks in each event by March 2 earn inclusion to the NCAAs, March 14-15 in Albuquerque.

Stanford's Kathy Kroeger and Aisling Cuffe – the past two Pac-12 women's cross country champions -- made bids in the 5,000 as well. Kroeger was second (15:53.35) and Cuffe third (15:53.95).

Those times would have placed them sixth and eighth in the country before this weekend. Kroeger has run faster and is already No. 3 at Stanford all-time indoors, but Cuffe moved onto the list at No. 5.

At the Don Kirby Elite indoor meet in Albuquerque, Stanford freshman Dylan Duvio broke a personal record in the pole vault with a 17-5.

The fifth-place jump was the second-best by a Stanford freshman indoors or out and is No. 3 on the all-time Stanford indoor list. Only 2004 Olympic silver medalist Toby Stevenson has jumped higher among Stanford freshman.

Duvio jumped a personal best of 17-4 and matched it in his previous two meets.

"Dylan had another awesome night against some terrific competition," Stanford pole vault coach Michael Eskind said. "He competed with poise and composure. To be jumping this consistently bodes extremely well for his next few meets and well beyond."

Softball

Stanford opened its home schedule with a pair of wins Friday, beating Cal Poly, 5-2, and Bradley, 7-3, as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational.

Madi Schreyer (5-0) pitched a complete game against Cal Poly, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out two.

Six different Stanford hitters recorded a hit and Kylie Sorenson drove in two runs.

Kayla Bonstrom (1-0) earned the first win of her collegiate career in the game against the Braves. Schreyer recorded the final five outs, four of them strikeouts, to earn the save.

Sorenson and Jessica Plaza led Stanford with two hits apiece, while Erin Ashby knocked in a team-high two RBI.

Women's tennis

No. 2 Stanford beat visiting Santa Clara, 7-0, on Friday afternoon in a nonconference match.

Playing its first match in 13 days, the Cardinal (5-0) looked sharp throughout and experienced little trouble in putting away the Broncos (1-2).

After quickly securing the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, Caroline Doyle posted a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 spot before Carol Zhao followed with a 6-0, 6-1 triumph at the No. 3 position.

Ellen Tsay then provided her fourth clincher of the year with a 6-1, 6-0 win on court four.

Stanford returns to action on Thursday, hosting Saint Mary's at 4 p.m. in a match rescheduled from last Saturday due to rain.

— Stanford Athletics

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