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Quantrill pitches Stanford to Pac-12 victory over USC

Stanford evened its Pac-12 Conference baseball series with USC Saturday, beating the visiting Trojans, 6-2.

The Cardinal (1-1, 8-9) out-hit USC for the second straight game, producing enough breathing room for Cal Quantrill to earn the victory, who allowed six hits over 6 1/3 innings.

Quantrill (3-2) was brilliant through six frames, holding strong until permitting a seventh-inning score after striking out five without dealing a free pass to the Trojans (11-10 overall, 2-3 Pac-12). A.J. Vanegas picked up where the freshman starter left off, carding his first save on the season behind 2.2 innings of one-hit relief.

Stanford responded from a Friday setback to set the stage for Sunday's rubber match slated for 3 p.m. (PT). The contest will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks, and a victory would clinch a third straight series win over the Trojans.

Drew Jackson led the offensive attack with two hits and three runs in as many at-bats. Brett Michael Doran had a game-high three RBI.

Austin Slater chipped in a triple for the second straight game, now accounting for two of Stanford's six on the season.

The Cardinal left 10 stranded as the USC defense, which committed three errors, held things together while four Trojans saw time on the rubber.

Stanford rattled starter Bob Wheatley (2-2) for four runs – two earned – on three hits over the first three innings. Wheatley was his own worst enemy; walking five.

Stanford left a duo stranded in the first, with USC putting runners on the corners in the second and aimed to make its move with one away. Danny Diekroeger laid out for a diving snag at first on a foul bunt and Quantrill caught a Trojan trying to steal home to keep the visitors off the board.

Doran drove in a pair with a second-inning single, and the Cardinal lead moved to 3-0 on the heels of Alex Dunlap's sacrifice fly in the third.

Eighth-inning doubles from Jackson and Wayne Taylor yielded a pair of insurance runs to help seal the deal for the Cardinal.

Women's gymnastics

Seven Cardinal gymnasts combined for 14 top-10 finishes Saturday to lead No. 10 Stanford to a second-place result in Session I of the Pac-12 Championships.

The Cardinal (15-4) posted its second-highest team-score on the season with a 197.175 to finish ahead of No. 7 UCLA (196.525) and No. 11 Oregon State (196.275). No. 5 Utah finished first in the group with a 197.925.

Stanford was outstanding on three of four events, punctuating its second-place result with a season-best 49.450 on bars to close the meet.

The Cardinal recorded its second-highest event scores of the year on beam (49.350) and vault (49.400). As a team, Stanford finished first on beam, tied for first on vault and second on bars.

The Cardinal's performance on bars in the final rotation was particularly impressive considering Stanford suffered a fall in the fourth position.

Samantha Shapiro and Kristina Vaculik responded with scores of 9.925 to solidify Stanford's second-place finish. Shapiro's score tied her season best and Vaculik's tied her collegiate best. The duo tied for third in the event overall.

Freshman Nicolette McNair had a terrific conference championships debut, recording second-place finishes on bars (9.950) and vault (9.925), and tying for fifth on beam with a 9.875.

McNair's 9.950 on bars was a career-best and crushed her previous high of 9.875. Her 9.925 on vault tied her career-high.

Shona Morgan left a strong impression in the final Pac-12 Championships of her collegiate career, scoring 9.825 or higher in three events.

Morgan tied her season best to finish seventh on floor with a 9.875, tied for 10th on beam (9.850) and went 9.825 on bars.

Her performances in the leadoff position on each event were particularly crucial to the Cardinal's success because she ensured Stanford started with a strong score.

Stanford has excelled on beam all season and continued its momentum, posting a meet-best 49.350 in the first rotation.

Shona Morgan delivered a 9.850 in the leadoff position, followed by a 9.800 from Rebecca Wing. McNair, Vaculik, Amanda Spinner and Rachel Daum followed with four consecutive scores of 9.875 to tie for fifth on the event.

The Cardinal's meet-opening performance was good for second place, just 0.050 behind Utah. Stanford would remain in second place after each of the remaining rotations.

Stanford ran into a bit of adversity on floor when it had a pair of stumbles and had to count a score of 9.675.

Morgan got the Cardinal off to a strong start by tying her season-best of 9.875 in the leadoff position. Jenna Frowein followed with a 9.800 and Taylor Rice earned a 9.850 to tie for eighth overall.

After stumbles in the fourth and fifth spots, Melissa Chuang got the Cardinal back on track with a 9.775.

The gap between Utah and Stanford widened after the second rotation but the Cardinal maintained its position in second with a 98.325-98.300 lead over third-place UCLA.

Stanford seemed unfazed by the difficulty faced on floor when it headed to vault, posting a 49.400 to tie Utah for the top team score on the event. Fresh off her strong floor performance, Chuang led Stanford off with a 9.825. Daum followed with a 9.875 to tie for eighth overall.

Rice tied her career-high of 9.900 to tie for fourth and was followed by McNair's second-place performance with a 9.925. Vaculik provided the Cardinal's fifth score, tying for eighth with a 9.875.

Stanford continued its momentum on bars and earned a season-best team score of 49.450. Morgan and Rice opened with scores of 9.825, followed by a team-best 9.950 from McNair.

Shapiro and Vaculik capped the competition with scores of 9.925 to secure Stanford's second-place finish.

Fencing

Saturday marked the first day of the NCAA Fencing Championships for the men's weapons and sophomore Alexander Massialas sits in first place through three rounds.

Massialas is in a tight competition with Notre Dame's Gerek Meinhardt and Penn State's Nobuo Bravo as all three won 14 of the 15 bouts they fenced on day one. Nipping at their heels is Penn State's David Willette with 13 wins for fourth place.

With a 71-20 advantage in touches, Massialas holds the lead due to his 51-touch margin. He has six more than Meinhardt. Massialas is looking to win his second straight national championship after claiming the crown as a freshman last year.

Also competing in foil is freshman Stephen Aman. The rookie won three bouts in his 15 contests on Saturday and sits 23rd overall.

Stanford also has two fencers in the men's epee. Senior Jake Harbour and junior Paul Riviere were in action on Saturday. Harbour notched six wins in 15 bouts for 21st place and Riviere is in 23rd with three victories.

On Sunday the fencers will complete the pool play with the fourth and fifth rounds. The top four in each weapon are then seeded for the semifinals. The top four will then decide the national champion based on single elimination to 15 touches.

Women's lacrosse

Two-sport star Hannah Farr scored three goals to lead No. 15 Stanford to a 16-4 victory over Saint Mary's in the Cardinal's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation home opener Saturday.

Stanford (6-1 overall, 2-0 MPSF) was held to a 1-1 tie over the first 14 minutes, but took control with five goals during a stretch of 3 minutes, 16 seconds. Stanford twice had spurts of six unanswered goals and built a 10-goal lead, at 13-3 with 23:15 to play, to necessitate a running clock.

The Cardinal, which finished winter quarter finals Friday, leaves Sunday for a spring break trip that will lead first to Cornell on Tuesday and then to No. 6 Notre Dame on Saturday.

Notre Dame represents the highest-ranked team on Stanford's schedule and an opportunity for the Cardinal to build its NCAA resume.

Stanford improved to 27-0 all-time against Saint Mary's by "getting the rust off," coach Amy Bokker said.

"Coming out of exams I never know where their minds are," Bokker said. "They've had a really stressful week, so it was good for everybody to get in and get back into competitive mode."

Stanford hadn't played for 12 days and had limited practices during finals. Even when they were together, Bokker tried to remove the stress with games of sand volleyball and a pool workout.

"We mixed it up a little bit, more from a mental standpoint to keep their minds fresh," Bokker said.

Stanford certainly didn't look rusty. The Cardinal got its counterattack in motion to score some spectacular goals, including on Lucy Dikeou's near full-field breakaway sprint.

Freshman Kelsey Murray had another goal when she redirected Rachel Ozer's pass on a breakaway for an 8-2 lead.

Ozer scored a goal and two assists to move into 15th on Stanford's all-time points list, with 123. She has a team-leading 13 this season and 80 in her career. Four Stanford players have 10 or more goals.

Freshman Alex Poplawski extended her goal-scoring streak to seven -- every game her collegiate career. Dikeou had two goals, five draw controls, caused three turnovers, and picked up two ground balls for the Cardinal.

Farr had four ground balls, three draw controls, and caused two turnovers. Kyle Fraser also scored twice.

Synchronized swimming

The Stanford synchronized swimming team placed third at the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Nationals, Saturday, earning 72 points at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center on the campus of Miami (OH) University in Oxford, Ohio.

Lindenwood University captured its first national title with 96 points, sweeping the team, solo, duet and trio events. Ohio State finished second with 91 points.

Stanford tied Ohio State for second in the team swim, coming just one-tenth of a point behind Lindenwood with 88.500. Swimming for the Cardinal was senior Leigh Haldeman, junior Megan Hansley, sophomore Carolyn Morrice, freshman Isabella Park, sophomore Mina Shah, freshman Marisa Tashima and sophomore Evelyna Wang.

Stanford placed third and fourth in the duet. Park and Tashima scored an 85.950, while Hansley and Wang totaled an 85.800. Lindenwood's Killman and Reem Abdalazem won the title with an 89.350.

In the trio, Haldeman, Hansley and Wang came in fourth with an 85.700, while Park, Shah and Tashima were seventh with an 82.900. Lindenwood's Killman, Anouk Eman and Dennise Ramirez captured first with an 88.600.

Track and field

Stanford freshmen won three events at the Hornet Track and Field Invitational at Sacramento State on Saturday, including a victory by reigning U.S. junior national javelin champion Megan Glasmann, who made her collegiate debut.

Glasmann trailed going into her final throw, but unleashed a toss of 159-10 on her sixth attempt for an improvement of more than seven feet. Her winning throw was enough to beat Sacramento State's Emily Kerstring, who led most of the competition at 156-3.

Glasmann's throw puts her No. 4 on the all-time Stanford performance list and No. 2 all-time among Stanford freshmen.

Also earning a big victory was freshman discus thrower Valarie Allman, who won with a throw of 180-4. Even more impressive was who she beat. In second place, at 175-0, was 2008 Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton.

Allman entered the weekend as the national collegiate leader, having thrown 187-7 in her collegiate debut on March 8 in Berkeley. Stanford's Rebecca Hammar was third at 161-1.

Also victorious was Stanford freshman Dylan Duvio, who captured the men's pole vault at 16-4 ¾. Duvio entered the competition 16-0 ¾ and made his first try. He followed a first-try make at 16-4 ¾, but was unsuccessful in three attempts at 16-10 ¾.

Stanford brought nine athletes – five women and four men -- to the meet, which was held at Hornet Stadium, the site of this year's U.S. championships. In all, Stanford won four women's events and one men's.

Stanford seniors also got into the act with victories by Alyssa Wisdom in the women's shot put (46-3 ½) and Ellie McCardwell in the women's pole vault (12-7 ½).

Stanford's first meet with its full squad will be April 4-5 at the Stanford Invitational.

— Stanford Athletics

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