Stanford used 14 hits, including six that went for extra bases, to cruise past Rice, 12-3, Sunday afternoon at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal salvaged a win in the final game of the three-game set after Rice took the first two.
Brett Michael Doran and Danny Diekroeger led the offensive charge with three hits apiece, while Austin Slater and Brant Whiting each had two. Doran homered in the fifth; five batters after Wayne Taylor had done the same to help the Cardinal plate six runners in the frame and grab a 6-3 lead.
Stanford (1-2) was scoreless before the breakout inning, as starting pitcher Chris Viall (1-0) kept the Cardinal in it. The 6-foot-9 Viall, the third freshman starter in the first three games, was shaky in the first two innings but settled down to get Stanford through the fifth.
Viall allowed two home runs that resulted in a 3-0 Rice lead before blanking the Owls (1-2) over the next three frames. The Soquel native allowed only one hit over his final three innings to finish with five innings pitched, five hits, one walk and one strikeout.
Once Viall exited, the bullpen shut the door on any chance of a Rice comeback. Marcus Brakeman worked quickly through three innings as he allowed just three hits and struck out two.
Brakeman benefited from four more runs in the seventh and a pair in the eighth to pad the lead. Zach Hoffpauir sent his second home run over the left-field wall in the seventh inning, to plate Doran who had doubled. It was Hoffpauir's second home run of the season after hitting a three-run shot in the opener.
Logan James walked the first batter in the ninth, but induced a double play and then finished the game with a strikeout.
Stanford makes its first road trip of the year Tuesday with a short drive to San Jose State. The nonconference matchup is slated for a 6 p.m. start.
Nationally No. 5 Stanford took a four-shot lead into the final round of the 36-hole Peg Barnard Invitational and never looked back, claiming the title Sunday over the 14-team field for the second straight season.
The team crown, Stanford's eighth such since the tournament's inception in 1995, came with a collaborative 2-over 570 (287-283). To put it in perspective, the Cardinal's score was 16 strokes better than second-place UC Davis (586).
"I'm really proud of the effort this week from our team, and they showed their depth from top to bottom," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "The players have been working really hard. The course has been playing tough, and we had a couple of really good teams here and were able to measure ourselves against some stiff competition.
"This was a great tournament, and we're very happy to walk away with the win."
Walker and the Cardinal were boosted from standout performances by Lauren Kim and Casey Danielson, who scorched the par-71 Stanford Golf Course for respective final-round scores of 68 and 69. The pair finished tied for second at 3-under 139. Each tallied one bogey in the final round.
Kim and Danielson were bettered only by UNLV's Dana Finkelstein, who went 69-68 to win the tournament at 5-under.
Defending champion Mariah Stackhouse tied for fourth with a 1-under 141 (70-71), including a 2-under showing on her final back nine.
Stanford's Quirine Eijkenboom's 153 (78-75) was good for a share of 38th. Mariko Tumangan (76-79) tied for 47th. Playing as individuals, Marissa Mar (t-35th), Danielle Frasier (t-53rd) and Jisoo Keel (t-68th) wrapped up the spring opener with solid outings for the Cardinal.
Stanford showcased its ability to generate runs in a variety of ways Sunday, stealing five bases and recording 14 hits to defeat visiting Pacific, 11-9.
Erin Ashby paced the Cardinal (11-0) offensively in the final game of the Stanford Nike Invitational, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and scoring four runs. The junior was a triple shy of a cycle and was one of four Cardinal to combine for five stolen bases.
Ashby finished the weekend 5-for-15 with six RBI, two doubles, a home run and a team-high 10 total bases.
Hanna Winter, Leah White, Bessie Noll and Tylyn Wells also recorded multi-hit games to help fuel a healthy Cardinal offense that has outhit opponents 111-43 this season. White matched Ashby with a team-high three RBI and a stolen base.
Wells stole two bases and Winter snagged her sixth bag of the season. Four of the five bases stolen by the Cardinal turned into runs scored.
Madi Schreyer (8-0) made her third consecutive start and went all 7.0 innings, striking out six and allowing four earned runs on nine hits and four walks.
Coming off a dominating performance last weekend at the Kajikawa Classic, the Cardinal continued its momentum during its first home weekend, outscoring opponents 34-16 to stretch its season-advantage to 94-22.
Schreyer had a terrific weekend in the circle, picking up four wins and holding a 1.59 ERA. She accumulated 20 strikeouts, allowed one extra-base hit and held opponents to a .164 batting average in 28.1 innings of work.
Freshmen Kylie Sorenson and Noll continued to shine at the plate, hitting .455 and .417 on the weekend, respectively. Sorenson went 5-for-11 with six RBI and notched a team-high five walks. Noll hit 5-for-12 with three RBI and scored three runs.
In its final dual of the 2013-14 season, Stanford was edged, 20-19, at 10th-ranked Northwestern on Sunday in Evanston, Ill. The Cardinal finishes the regular season with a 17-5 overall record, the most wins in program history.
Stanford won four of the 10 matches, receiving bonus points from redshirt sophomore Evan Silver and redshirt senior Ryan Mango to jump out to a 10-0 lead.
Silver registered his second fall of the season, pinning Garrison White in 1:54 at 125 pounds. Ranked 12th nationally, Silver moves to 20-4 overall and 10-2 in duals.
Mango, ranked 10th in the nation, secured two near fall points in the final period to secure the 10-2 major decision over Dominick Malone at 133 pounds. The St. Louis, Mo., native has now posted at least 25 wins in each of his four seasons with the Cardinal, improving to 25-3 and 19-1 in duals this year.
The Wildcats cut the lead to 10-8 with major decision wins at 141 and 149 pounds. Stanford redshirt freshman Peter Galli swung the momentum back to the Cardinal with a 7-3 decision over Ben Sullivan at 157 pounds. He is now 12-4 on the year.
Redshirt freshman Jim Wilson had an eight-match winning streak snapped, dropping an 11-7 decision to No. 7 Pierce Harger at 165 pounds. He is now 30-6 overall and 18-2 in duals.
Senior Kyle Meyer scored the final points of the afternoon for Stanford after Northwestern's Lee Munster had to default due to injury. Meyer is having his best season with the Cardinal, moving to 24-10 overall and 15-4 in duals.
Sophomore Thomas Kimbrell and senior Dan Scherer both fell 5-3 in sudden victory decisions at 184 and 197 pounds, respectively.
Redshirt freshman heavyweight Josh Marchok concluded the dual with a 6-3 loss to top-ranked Mike McMullan. He stands at 16-11 on the year and 13-7 in duals.
Stanford now has two weeks to prepare for the Pac-12 Championships. The Cardinal will be hosting the tournament for the first time since 2006 on Sunday, March 2 at Maples Pavilion.