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Stanford men host rowing invitational this weekend

The Stanford men's rowing team will welcome seven teams to Redwood Shores this weekend for the 2014 Stanford Invitational/Pac-12 Challenge on Friday and Saturday.


Among the field will be the Cardinal, Cal, Oregon State, Santa Clara, UC Davis, UC San Diego, University of San Diego and Wisconsin.

There will be one session of racing Friday evening beginning at 5:30 p.m., and two sessions on Saturday. The morning session on Saturday starts at 9 a.m. with two hours of racing. After a break the afternoon session will begin at 2 p.m.

"It is always a great weekend when we are at home on the course we practice on all the time and see familiar faces," said Stanford senior Austin Hack. "It is also fun to see teams we might not otherwise see."

The race course is located at 1900 Seaport Blvd, Redwood City. From Highway 101, take the Ralston Avenue exit and head east. The course will be 0.6 miles on the right hand side. Admission is free.

Women's gymnastics

Nationally No. 10 Stanford will compete at the NCAA Championships for the seventh time in eight years, and 14th time overall, as it heads to Birmingham, Ala., this weekend.

The Cardinal is ranked 10th in the 12-team field and will compete in the first of two six-team semifinal groups on Friday at 11 a.m. (PT) at the BJCC Arena. The top three teams from each semifinal will advance to the Super Six team finals on Saturday at 4 p.m. The top four individual finishers in each semifinal (including ties) will qualify for the NCAA Individual Event Finals on Sunday at noon.

The last time Stanford competed as the 10th seed was in 2012 when the team recorded its highest NCAA Championships team scores in program history on vault (49.550), bars (49.350) and beam (49.375). Stanford's score on vault was the second-highest in program history at any competition.

Stanford is seeking its seventh Super Sixth berth since 2002. The Cardinal is one of seven teams in the nation to make six Super Six appearances in the past 12 years (2002-13).

Softball

Stanford (2-10, 25-16) hits the road for the fourth time in five weeks when it heads to Utah (3-11, 18-19) for a three-game Pac-12 Conference series, starting Thursday and concluding Saturday.

The games on Thursday and Friday (both at 2 p.m.) will be televised on the Pac-12 Network and Saturday's game will be streamed online.

The Cardinal went 1-2 last weekend against No. 10 Washington. The Cardinal fell, 7-0, in the series opener but responded with a dominating performance in game two, defeating the Huskies 13-5 in six innings. Stanford couldn't keep the momentum going in the finale, dropping a 11-2 decision in five innings.

Cassandra Roulund and Hanna Winter played well for the duration of the Washington series, making multiple highlight defensive plays and leading the Cardinal in batting. Roulund hit a team-best .429 (3-for-7) with two RBI and a walk. Winter finished the weekend going 2-for-6 (.333) with one double, three walks and an RBI.

Kylie Sorenson (3-3) picked up the victory in the circle for Stanford in game two, allowing two runs on two hits, striking out three and allowing one walk in 4.1 innings.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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