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Rodgers hangs on to win title and help Stanford finish second

Patrick Rodgers defended his title at the Southern Highlands Collegiate Masters by holding off UCLA's Jonathan Garrick and UNLV's Kurt Kitayama for his second straight win and eighth collegiate victory.

Rodgers, the No. 1 player in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, shot a 2-over 74 on his final round Sunday for the two-shot victory.

Host UNLV (886) won the team title at the par-72, 7,374-yard Southern Highlands Golf Club, two shots ahead of second-place Stanford (297-297-294) and Oklahoma State (888).

Alabama and UCLA finished in a tie for fourth at 33-over 897.

Garrick held a one-shot lead through 16, but carded a triple bogey on 17 to open the door for Rodgers. Rodgers notched pars on 17 and 18 to secure the win, bringing him three shy of Tiger Woods' school-record 11 career title belts.

"It's truly an honor to be a champion back-to-back," Rodgers said. "I take a lot of pride in winning this golf tournament."

Though Rodgers claimed the individual title, his Sunday score was not the best among the Cardinal contingent.

That honor was shared by Cameron Wilson and David Boote, each of whom shot 73.

Jim Liu added a 74, four shots better than his previous round, and Viraat Badhwar finished with a 76. Badhwar tied for 21st with Liu sharing the 50th slot.

Badhwar's birdie on nine ended a 40-hole birdie-less streak.

Wilson (72-75-73) joined Rodgers in the top 10 with an eighth-place effort.

Boote (77-78-73) started 3-over after the first two holes, but rallied back with a pair of birdies in the remaining 16 holes to finish the day 1-over and 12-over for the tournament. Boote tied for 34th.

The Cardinal returns home to play host to the United States Intercollegiate (March 28-30).

Softball

Erin Ashby delivered a walk-off RBI-triple in the bottom of the seventh inning Sunday to lift No. 22 Stanford to a 3-2 victory over UC Davis in the final game of the Louisville Slugger Classic.

Cassandra Roulund, who also drove in a run, singled with one out and scored on the triple with a head first slide across home plate.

Ashby had a terrific tournament and finished Sunday's game 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and a walk. She finished the weekend going 9-for-17 (.529) with six RBI, two doubles, a triple and four walks over the six games. She led the team with 13 total bases.

Kylie Sorenson pitched six strong innings before giving way to Tylyn Wells (1-0), who pitched a scoreless seventh for her first collegiate win.

Sorenson, Stanford's starting shortstop who hits third in the order, had an outstanding weekend. The freshman pitched in four games and went 2-0 with one save and an 0.88 ERA. Sorenson allowed nine hits, two earned runs, walked four and struck out six. She held opponents to a .164 batting average.

Offensively, Sorenson was 6-for-18 (.333) at the plate, with three walks and three doubles. She leads the team in batting average (.400), doubles (12), walks (20), total bases (49), slugging percentage (.653) and on-base percentage (.525).

Kayla Bonstrom continued to heat up at the plate this weekend, finishing 8-for-16 (.500) with six RBI, three walks and a team-high four doubles.

Men's volleyball

The No. 10 Stanford men's volleyball notched a win at No. 6 USC (25-15, 25-14, 25-22) for the first time since 2010, Sunday, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Cardinal improves 12-7 overall and 9-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Trojans drops to 11-7 overall and 10-7 in the conference.

Stanford hit a season-high .527 as a team, tying for the second-highest hitting percentage in the rally-scoring era in program history. The Cardinal finished with 52 kills, a season-best in a three-set match, and committed just four attack errors against the Trojans.

"I think the focus was on Eric Mochalski, he had an incredible match," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "He put together the kind of match that we envision Eric Mochalski to have. He hit at a high percentage, served effectively and showed what a dynamic player he can be."

Mochalski registered a season-high 18 kills on 24 attempts with just two errors to hit .667. He also tallied five digs and put on a serving display with 22 attempts, 10 more than the next highest Cardinal player.

Stanford used a 9-0 run in the first set to take a 13-6 lead and was able to put USC away handily with a .609 hitting percentage. The Cardinal jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the second and benefited from a .500 hitting percentage and five blocks as the Trojans scored their fewest points in a 25-point set this season.

Sophomore setter James Shaw benefited from a strong passing game by the Cardinal, collecting 42 assists to go with eight kills on 11 errorless swings and four blocks. His .727 hitting percentage was the third-highest by a Cardinal player with at least 10 attempts this season.

"James had a very good match," added Kosty. "He kept USC's defense off guard and off balance all night. The passing had a lot to do with that. Out hitting percentage and sideout percentage reflects how well James played tonight."

Senior outside hitters Steven Irvin and Brian Cook both hit .316, registering eight and six kills, respectively. Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado finished with a match-high 13 digs.

USC was led by Lucas Yoder's 12 kills, while setter Micah Christenson totaled 35 assists and seven digs for the Trojans.

Stanford returns to The Farm next week to play host to No. 8 Hawai'i, Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. from Maples Pavilion.

Women's golf

Stanford finished in a 10th place tie with Auburn at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate, which concluded Sunday at Long Cove Club. Stanford was 47-over after rounds of 297-303-299 (899).

Duke topped the 17-team field with a 10-over as the Blue Devils' Yu Liu won the tournament at 2-under.

"I'm disappointed with our performance this week, but we saw a lot of positives," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "Casey (Danielson) has gotten a lot better and now has the ability to shoot good numbers in the toughest of conditions. The focus for us in the next two weeks will be the short game, and if we want to be a legitimate contender we have to able to save par on all occasions."

Danielson was Stanford's highest finisher, tying for 15th with a team-best 71 in the final round. Danielson's rounds improved each day, as her 75-74-71 was 7-over for the tournament. She moved ahead 11 spots after standing in 26th through two rounds.

Mariah Stackhouse (70-77-74) was 8-over for the tournament, including a 2-over on the front and a 5-over back nine on Sunday.

Stackhouse tied for 21st, 10 spots ahead of Lauren Kim (76-75-73). Kim's final-round 73 was her best while totaling an 11-over scorecard at the three-day, 54-hole event on the par-71 course.

— Stanford Athletics

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