Stanford golfers leave the field behind with win

The Stanford men's golf team left nothing to chance Sunday, recording a 14-under to win The Goodwin by 20 shots. It was the Cardinal's third victory and eighth top-10 finish this season.

The host Cardinal (268-281-266) checked in at 25-under to better Pac-12 Conference rivals USC and UCLA, who finished at 5-under. Washington (-1) was fourth with Oregon (+3) and UAB (+3) tying for fifth.

The three-day, 54-hole event at Stanford Golf Course was renamed this season after former head coach Wally Goodwin, who led the Cardinal to the 1994 national title and mentored standouts such as Tiger Woods, Casey Martin and Notah Begay.

Though he was not recruited nor coached by Goodwin, one can add Patrick Rodgers' name to that list of Cardinal legends.

Rodgers won The Goodwin with a 14-under 196, including a final-round 64. Rodgers had seven birdies during his final stretch with a lone bogey coming on the par-4 ninth.

Rodgers called a one-stroke penalty on himself when the ball moved after addressing his birdie putt.

Rodgers' third straight victory brings him two shy of Tiger Woods' school-record 11 career titles. The chase continues when Stanford travels to the Western Intercollegiate (April 12-13) in Santa Cruz.

Rodgers was joined in the top-5 by third-place Cameron Wilson, who streaked through with a bogey-free 5-under 65 to close the tournament. Wilson, who signed a 6-under for the event, entered Sunday tied for 12th and jumped nine spots.

Tying for fourth was Maverick McNealy, with the freshman going 66-69-70 for a 5-under on his home course.

In 16th was Viraat Badhwar, who tied a course record with a 61 while qualifying for the tournament earlier in the week. Badhwar birdied 7-8-9 to finish at 3-under on the day and even-par overall.

Jim Liu tied for 28th after an outstanding Sunday that saw the freshman card a 65, including a 3-under front half and an eagle on 16.

Women's tennis

No. 5 Stanford remained perfect through 13 matches, defeating No. 19 Arizona State 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

The Cardinal (13-0, 5-0 Pac-12) has now won 19 consecutive matches dating to last year's NCAA championship run.

Doubles play was over very quickly, with Stanford claiming a 1-0 lead after easy victories at the top two spots of the lineup.

Stanford then secured the match with strong play on the back courts. After Caroline Doyle (6-1, 6-1) and Taylor Davidson (6-3, 6-2) chalked up victories for a 3-0 lead, Ellen Tsay provided the clincher with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Ebony Panoho at the No. 5 spot.

Arizona State (16-4, 3-2 Pac-12) received its only point of the match when Desirae Krawczyk outlasted Krista Hardebeck at the No. 2 position 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5), snapping Stanford's string of four consecutive shutouts.

Stanford returns to action next weekend, hosting UCLA on Friday (1:30 p.m.) and USC on Saturday (12 p.m.) in pivotal matches that will likely determine this year's conference champion.

Men's tennis

Robert Stineman recovered from a 5-3 deficit in the second set to win, 7-5, and clinch Stanford's 4-3 victory over host Arizona in a Pac-12 Conference match Sunday.

Arizona won the doubles point and then held a 3-1 lead before the Cardinal finished victories on court two (Maciek Romanowicz) and court five (Anthony Tsodikov) before Stineman completed the comeback.

Stanford (2-0, 8-2) hosts Boise State in a nonconference match on Tuesday.


Stanford could not finish a series sweep of No. 11 Oregon, as the Ducks rallied for seven runs in the second inning en route to a 9-2 win Sunday at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.

Stanford (10-11, 3-3 Pac-12) used seven relievers in the game, its most of the 2014season. Chris Viall (1-2) was tagged for four runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings and Logan James allowed four runs in the second inning without getting an out, as Oregon jumped to an 8-0 lead.

It was an uncharacteristic bad start for Stanford, which had seen its starters work at least six innings in six straight games.

The offense for the Ducks (19-8, 6-3 Pac-12) was shut down by the rest of the bullpen, minus a home run by Shaun Chase in the eighth, but the lead proved insurmountable for Stanford.

The Cardinal was limited to seven hits, including an Austin Slater solo home run in the fourth to get Stanford on the board.

The offense remained quiet until the seventh, when Dominic Jose drove home Wayne Taylor, who had started the inning with a double.

Stanford kept the score reasonable thanks to Marcus Brakeman, Daniel Starwalt, Tyler Thorne and Griffin Weirfinishing innings two through seven on the mound.

The four relievers went 5 1/3 innings, gave up one hit, struck out three and walked two.

Oregon totaled five singles, a double, a hit by pitch and another runner reached on a fielder's choice in the difference-making second inning.

Stanford plays at California on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Sand volleyball

The Stanford sand volleyball team wrapped up its home tournament with bracket matches, Sunday, against pairs from No. 3 Hawaii, No. 6 UCLA and Santa Clara.

Stanford junior Kyle Gilbert and sophomore Inky Ajanaku finished 2-1 on the day to lead the Cardinal. The pair won its preliminary round match against Santa Clara's Lacey Maas and Katy Schatzman, 23-21, 21-13. Ajanaku and Gilbert also won a 28-17 match against UCLA's Skylar Dykstra and Jennie Frager in the consolation bracket.

Junior Lauren Birks and sophomore Jordan Burgess picked up a win in the consolation round against Maas and Schatzman, 28-26.

Former Cardinal indoor player Karissa Cook and her partner Brittany Tiegs won the tournament with a 21-13, 7-4 medical forfeit over Hawaii's teammates Katie Spieler and Nikki Taylor.

Playing in round-robin matches with UCLA and Santa Clara, Stanford's Grace Kennedy and Dana Ritchie went 1-1. The pair picked up a win over UCLA's Cosani and Miller, 28-24.

The Cardinal will be back in action on Friday against California. The dual play is scheduled for 4 p.m. at the ACSR Sand Courts on the Stanford Campus.

— Stanford Athletics


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