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Schreyer leads Cardinal to pair of wins in own Invitational

Freshman Madi Schreyer pitched 12 2/3 shutout innings and the Stanford softball team won twice at its own Stanford Nike Invitational Saturday, beating Bradley, 5-0, and Cal Poly, 6-2.

Against the Braves, Cassandra Roulund had two hits and drove in two runs. Bessie Noll collected two hits.

Kaylie Sorenson, Erin Ashby and Jessica Plaza each drove in runs.

Against the Mustangs, Sorenson added two RBI and leads the team with 14. Roulund also drove in two.

Schreyer improved to 7-0 on the season. She's allowed two earned runs in 34 1/3 innings and carries an ERA of 0.41. She also has 30 strikeouts.

Stanford (10-0) is off to its best start since winning 15 straight to open the 2008 season. The Cardinal is scheduled to meet Pacific on Sunday.

Track and field

Stanford sophomore Kristyn Williams set two meet records at the Husky Classic indoor track and field meet Saturday to highlight a collection of strong Cardinal performances.

Williams won the invitational 400 meters in 53.56 to break a year-old meet mark and followed by running the second leg on the Cardinal's 1,600 relay that ran 3:38.68, crushing a 2008 meet record by more than four seconds.

Saturday's competition was Stanford's last before the postseason and several Cardinal runners positioned themselves for possible inclusion to the NCAA Championships.

Steven Solomon, a 2012 Olympic finalist from Australia, became Stanford's No. 2 all-time performer in the indoor 400 by winning the invitational quarter in 46.42.

The race was the sophomore's debut indoor race in his specialty. He later helped the men's 1,600 to an invitational victory in 3:13.11, the No. 8 mark in school history.

Others who took a big step toward nationals were Claudia Saunders in the women's invitational 800 and Luke Lefebure in the men's 800 invitational.

Saunders, a sophomore, broke her personal record by 1.39 seconds to finishing fourth to finish ahead of teammates Justine Fedronic (fifth, 2:05.24) and Amy Weissenbach (ninth, 2:05.89) for the first time.

Saunders' 2:05.07 places her No. 2 in Stanford indoor history and could give the Cardinal three half-milers at the NCAA's on March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Those with the top 16 marks in the country earn an invitation and Saunders' time should do it. It would have been No. 3 nationally before this weekend's meets.

Lefebure, a junior, continued to drop his best times this indoor season. His 1:48.80 was his second PR this month.and moves him to No. 3 indoors all-time at Stanford. The time puts him on the bubble of NCAA qualification.

Another personal-record performance came from senior Marco Bertolotti, who ran a 4:01.38 to place ninth in the invitational mile.

Stanford's Tyler Stutzman, out of eligibility indoors but with a season to go outdoors, broke his personal record by placing third in 3:58.57. It was his fourth lifetime sub-4 mile.

In all, Stanford athletes made five additions to the school indoor top-10 lists, set six individual personal records, and won four invitational races.

Sophomore Jackson Shumway earned a family distinction in the open 400. In winning his heat and finishing fifth in 48.85, he beat the time his father, Garry Shumway, ran in setting Stanford indoor record of 49.29 in 1982.

The winning Stanford men's 1,600 consisted of Shumway, Solomon, Scott Buttinger, and Lefebure. The winning women's 1,600 was twins Kaitlyn and Kristyn Williams, Fedronic, and Weissenbach.

Its 3:38.68 was No. 7 in Stanford indoor history and broke the meet mark of 3:43.19 set by Texas A&M.

Kristyn Williams' 400 was her second-fastest of the season. She set the Stanford indoor record of 53.39 in the season opener, at the UW Indoor Preview.

It was the second time this season on Washington's 307-meter flat Mondo surface at the Dempsey Indoor track, Williams broke a meet record. This time it was the 53.62 of Saucony's Keshia Baker.

Women's water polo

Second-ranked Stanford racked up wins at Pacific and No. 14 UC Davis on a well-traveled Saturday.

The Cardinal (7-0) opened the day making the trip along I-580, I-205 and I-5 to Stockton where it downed Pacific, 15-4, then hopped back on the I-5 "rocket launcher" to I-80 where in Davis it collected a 17-5 evening win over the Aggies.

Senior Annika Dries scored nine goals over the two wins, capped off by a perfect 6-for-6 shooting effort in the nightcap against the Aggies.

Freshman Dani Jackovich scored four times in the afternoon against Pacific and on the day netted five goals, as did junior Ashley Grossman. Their scoring highlighted a day in which a total of 10 Cardinal players found the back of the cage.

On the defensive side of the tank, all three of Stanford's goalies saw action. Gabby Stone, Menlo-Atherton grad Emily Dorst and Julia Hermann combined to make 17 saves over the two games.

The Cardinal scored 13 straight goals before Pacific could muster an answer in the first game of the day.

Dries scored twice in the opening frame while Grossman, Jackovich, Maggie Steffens and Anna Yelizarova each added a goal as Stanford went up 6-0 after the opening frame.

Against the Aggies, Stanford took a 10-0 lead after 16:16 of action. Again it was Dries and Grossman providing the start, as they evenly split Stanford's four goals in the first period.

Cory and Kaley Dodson opened the scoring in the second frame with Monaghan, Grossman and Jamie Neushul adding goals as the Cardinal took a 9-0 lead into the break.

Women's golf

Mariah Stackhouse and Casey Danielson each shot a 1-under 70 as Stanford shot a 287 in the first round of the Peg Barnard Invitational on Saturday.

The Cardinal holds a four-stroke lead over second-place UC Davis heading into the second round.

Stackhouse and Danielson are tied for third, with Stanford's Lauren Kim tied for eighth with an even-par 71.

Men's volleyball

Brian Cook recorded 20 kills and No. 8 Stanford rallied to send its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match to a fifth set, but No. 4 BYU used a quick start to earn the win, beating the host Cardinal, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-7, on Saturday night.

Steven Irvin added 17 kills and had a .406 hitting percentage for Stanford, which had a four-match winning streak snapped.

The Cardinal (5-5 in the MPSF, 8-5 overall) hosts UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 7 p.m.

Stanford needed wins in sets two and four before the Cougars took a 9-1 advantage in the deciding set.

The Cardinal has lost all four of its five-set matches this season, with the last two coming at home.

Eric Mochalski added 16 kills and James Shaw recorded 48 assists for Stanford.

Baseball

Drew Jackson had two hits and Alex Blandino drove in a run but Stanford fell to No. 15 Rice, 5-1, Saturday in the second game of the season-opening series at Sunken Diamond.

The Cardinal (0-2) and Owls meet in the series finale at noon Sunday.

Freshman Brett Hanewich started and threw three scoreless innings, giving up five hits, walking three and striking out two.

John Hochstatter took over and pitched four innings, taking the loss.

Women's lacrosse

Rachel Ozer scored four goals and Hannah Farr scored twice in the second half as Stanford opened its season with a come-from-behind 11-9 victory over visiting Ohio State on Saturday.

Lucy Dikeou added a goal and assist and goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz recorded six saves.

The Cardinal hosts Harvard next Saturday at 1 p.m.

Synchronized swimming

Stanford finished second with 72.0 points behind Lindenwood University (87.0), Saturday, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida was third with 55.0 points.

"We did a great job," Stanford coach Sara Lowe said. "Our team has worked hard throughout the past few weeks to refine their skills and improve the routines. Megan (Azebu) and I saw some of that work pay off today."

Lindenwood edged the Cardinal in the team routine, scoring an 85.433. Stanford's team of Leigh Haldeman, Megan Hansley, Evelyna Wang, Marisa Tashima, Isabella Park, Mina Shah and Carolyn Morrice turned in an 84.050. Florida finished with a 78.333.

In the trio, the Cardinal placed third and fourth behind a pair of Lindenwood teams. Haldeman, Hansley and Wang registered an 80.567, while Park, Shah and Tashima tallied a 77.167. Lindenwood's Anouk Eman, Mary Killman and Dennise Ramirez won the event with an 80.900, while Reem Abdalazem, Alyson Haylor and Laia Pons were second with an 80.733.

Stanford continued with a strong showing in the duet as Hansley and Wang posted an 81.967 to finish second behind Lindenwood's Killman and Abdalazem (83.000). Tashima and Park were third with an 81.867. Eman and Ramirez were fourth for Lindenwood with a 77.600. Florida's Kimberly Goyack and Daniela De Faria were fifth with a 75.133.

Killman won the solo with an 85.467, while Florida's De Faria was second with a 75.167. Stanford's Morrice took third with a 72.733.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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