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Blandino hits a home run to help Stanford beat Longhorns

Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino hit a home run among his three hits and drove in two runs as the Stanford baseball team beat host Texas, 11-5, in a nonconference game Sunday.

Wayne Taylor had two hits and drove in three for the Cardinal (3-4), which hosts USF at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday night before packing up and hitting the road again with a trip to Vanderbilt for a three-game series.

The game was shortened to eight innings due to travel restrictions for Stanford. The game nearly lasted four hours as it was.

Freshman starting pitcher Chris Viall threw effectively but needed help to get out of the fifth. Josh Hochstatter (1-1) pitched out of a jam and was rewarded with the victory.

Taylor tripled with the bases loaded in the top of the second inning to give Stanford a 4-0 edge.

Blandino's two-run homer in the sixth put the Cardinal ahead, 10-1. Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger added an RBI double.

Women's water polo

Third-ranked UCLA knocked off second-ranked Stanford in the semifinals of the UC Irvine Invitational, 9-6, advancing to the championship match against top-ranked USC Sunday.

The Bruins jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first quarter behind goals from Menlo-Atherton High grad Becca Dorst, Rachel Fattal and Kodi Hill before the Cardinal answered back with two straight goals. The Bruins added a power play goal by Emily Donohoe to move ahead 4-2 after one quarter.

An exclusion goal by Stanford's Ashley Grossman brought the Cardinal back to within a goal, but Danielle Ferraro and then Fattal with a power play goal made it 6-3 UCLA before the half.

Stanford (10-1) rebounded to beat California, 14-8, and claimed third place.

The Cardinal scored five goals in the opening eight minutes. Maggie Steffens led the Cardinal with four in the game.

Anna Yelizarova also posted a hat trick with Grossman and Jamie Neushul each scoring twice.

Goalie Gabby Stone, who made eight saves, anchored the defensive effort that limited California to just three goals in the second half.

The Cardinal visits San Jose State for a noon meeting Saturday.

Softball

No. 13 Stanford split a pair of games Sunday on the final day of the Mary Nutter Classic, earning a comeback win against Syracuse and delivering an impressive performance in a loss to No. 2 Tennessee.

Stanford (14-3) opened the day with an 11-5 victory in eight innings against Syracuse and dropped a 3-1 decision to undefeated Tennessee (12-0) to conclude its weekend of competition.

Madi Schreyer (11-2) pitched all 14 innings for the Cardinal. The freshman began the day striking out seven Syracuse batters, allowing four earned runs on eight hits, and walking two.

She allowed three runs on five hits, walked six and struck out three against Tennessee.

Schreyer threw four complete games over the weekend, finishing 2-2 with a 3.54 ERA. She allowed 11 earned runs on 27 hits and recorded 16 strikeouts in 28.0 innings of work.

Leah White led the team in batting average (.429) and on-base percentage (.500) for the weekend.

Down 5-2 in the seventh, Stanford rallied to tie the score. Hanna Winter opened the inning with a walk and White followed with a single.

Kylie Sorenson ripped a double down the left field line to score Winter and White, and cut the lead to 5-4.

Sorenson hit .357 with three doubles, three RBI and eight total bases.

With Sorenson on second, Bessie Noll put down a sacrifice bunt that the Syracuse pitcher flung over the head of the second baseman covering first.

Sorenson rounded third and scored to knot the game at 5-5. Schreyer sent the game into extra innings after retiring the Orange's top three batters in order.

Stanford continued to roll offensively in the extra frame, beginning with back-to-back-to-back singles from Tylyn Wells, Winter and White.

A walk to Sorenson and a sacrifice fly by Bonstrom gave Stanford an 8-5 lead.

Cassandra Roulund provided the knockout blow with a three-run home run on a 0-2 count to put Stanford up 11-5.

The Cardinal makes a cross-country trip to Florida next weekend for the Under Armour Invitational, where it will play five games over three days.

Women's golf

Fresh off its team victory at the Peg Barnard Invitational, No. 5 Stanford takes to the golf course at the UC Irvine Invitational beginning Monday on the lush greens of the Santa Ana Country Club.

The winner of this week's event will receive a sponsor exemption to the Kia Classic in late March at the Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad.

"We are looking forward to the upcoming event in Southern California," Cardinal coach Anne Walker said. "There is a lot to play for this week. I believe we will get great contributions from all of our players, and hopefully we can view for the title."

At Stanford last week, Lauren Kim and Casey Danielson shared second place, each at 3-under 139 for the two-day tournament.

Gonzaga is the defending UC Irvine Invitational champion.

Squash

Stanford settled for a seventh place national finish Sunday, beating Dartmouth, 6-3, in the Howe Cup championships at Princeton.

Bailey Bondy, in the No. 4 position, and Julia Olson, at No. 7, each went five games to record key victories for the Cardinal (7-8), which has finished as high as sixth nationally.

Bondy won the fifth game, 12-10, to gain the victory while Olson lost her first two games before rallying for 11-8, 11-9 and 11-4 wins.

No. 1 Madeline Gill, No. 2 Zandro Ho, No. 5 Ariel Posner and No. 9 Carolyn Gillette each swept their matches.

No. 3 Serena Fagan also went to five games, but dropped the final one.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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