Stineman clinches Cardinal tennis victory over Gaels

The Stanford men's tennis team beat visiting St. Mary's, 4-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday, extending its winning streak to four matches.

The Cardinal, in its final home match, recorded its fourth shutout. Stanford (13-4) finished 9-1 at the Taube Family Tennis Center.

Stanford visits California in its final regular-season match on Saturday at 1 p.m.

The Cardinal locked up the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, thanks to victories at the top two courts.

Daniel Ho followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 spot, extending Stanford's lead to 2-0.

Anthony Tsodikov's 20th win of the year was a 7-5, 6-1 triumph at the No. 5 position, bringing the Cardinal one step closer to clinching.

Stanford secured the match on the strength of Robert Stineman's 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 spot.


Stanford came within an out of losing to St. Mary's Tuesday night at Sunken Diamond, but a game-tying triple by Zach Hoffpauir and a walk-off single by Danny Diekroeger two pitches later made the Cardinal a 7-6 winner.

"It really took all of us today," said Diekroeger. "A win like this took a bunch of guys getting on base, Zach getting that huge hit, and then I was able to finish it off

Diekroeger's hit off of Jacob Valdez (1-3) was a line drive to the rightfielder's left that got down to send the rest of the Cardinal rushing to the field.

The team mobbed Diekroeger while Hoffpauir trotted home after pounding a triple to the right-center gap.

The single was Diekroeger's second hit of the day to lead four Cardinal with multi-hit efforts. Austin Slater, Austin Barr and Brant Whiting also had two knocks.

Stanford (13-16) had 12 hits to match its best effort in nearly two months.

One of Barr's hits was a blast over the left-field wall to bring Stanford within one run in the fourth. The Cardinal had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but St. Mary's scored five unanswered, on just two hits, to pull ahead 5-1.

Leadoff man Alex Blandino started the inning with a six-pitch walk and Brett Michael Doran followed with his 14th sacrifice bunt of the season. After a strikeout, Hoffpauir and Diekroeger finished the job.

Sam Lindquist (2-0), who threw the final two innings without allowing a hit, earned the win. He was one of six Cardinal hurlers, as Stanford had planned to give its bullpen some innings.

Stanford turns its attention to Arizona State this week. The Sun Devils visit for games Thursday through Saturday.

Women's lacrosse

Eight players scored two goals apiece for Stanford in Tuesday's 18-6 victory over visiting UC Davis in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action.

Four different scorers found the back of the net to spark before the game was four minutes as No. 13 Stanford (11-2 overall, 5-1 MPSF).

The Cardinal went on to build an 8-1 lead in the first 12 minutes and eventually built a 10-goal lead to necessitate a running clock for the game's final 26 minutes.

Hannah Farr scored two goals and had four draw controls to match teammate Megan Lerner's total. Other Stanford two-goal scorers were Kyle Fraser, Anna Kim, Meg Lentz, Kelsey Murray, Rachel Ozer, Alex Poplawski, and Paige Southmayd.

Stanford needs one more victory in its final three regular-season games to clinch a spot in the six-team MPSF tournament.

The Cardinal sits in second place behind Denver (7-0 MPSF), which must lose its final two games for Stanford to have a chance at the No. 1 seed.

Tuesday's game marked the first of three in a six-day stretch. Stanford plays at San Diego State on Friday and USC on Sunday in a game televised by the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's volleyball

No. 3 Stanford (20-17) puts an 11-match winning streak on the line Saturday, when it hosts No. 6 seed UC Irvine (18-10) in a MPSF tournament quarterfinal match in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m.

Sand volleyball

Stanford avenged a previous loss, beating visiting Santa Clara, 3-2, on Tuesday as sophomores Jordan Burgess and Brittany Howard clinched the win at No. 2.

Sophomore Inky Ajanaku and junior Kyle Gilbert gave Stanford the 1-0 advantage at the No. 4 spot.

The Broncos evened up the match as Lacey Maas and Katy Schatzman topped junior Morgan Boukather and sophomore Megan McGehee, 21-23, 22-20, 15-13, at No. 5.

The Cardinal pair held an 18-10 lead in the second set, but Santa Clara relentlessly climbed its way back in the match to force a third set.

Sophomore Madi Bugg and freshman Kelsey Humphreys regained the lead for Stanford with a 22-20, 22-20 win at No. 3 over GiGi Cresto and Taylor Dayton.

Stanford hosts USF next Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the season finale.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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