Uploaded: Sunday, February 19, 2012, 6:03 PM
Stanford baseball completes sweep of Vanderbilt
|After Vanderbilt scored four runs in the second, Stephen Piscotty drove in seven runs thanks to a three-run double and a grand slam and Christian Griffiths added four RBI as No. 2-ranked Stanford (3-0) swept No. 10-ranked Vanderbilt, following an 18-5 win on Sunday afternoon.
Freshman John Hochstatter (1-0), who came on in the second, pitched 6 1/3 no-hit innings in relief, striking out two and walking two for the win. He retired eight in a row, before finishing off the eighth inning.
Piscotty greeted reliever Brian Miller, as the righthander's second pitch of the sixth led to a grand slam and a 13-4 lead. Griffiths' two-run double made it 15-4 as part of a seven-run sixth, the second big rally of the day for the Cardinal. Stanford would score 18 unanswered prior to a lone Vandy run in the ninth.
Piscotty's three-run double in the second erased an early four-run lead and was a part of an eight-run second for the Cardinal. Griffiths had a two-run single in the inning as well. Piscotty finished 2-for-5, Griffiths 3-for-4 as Stanford racked up 14 hits.
Stanford's Tyler Gaffney with an 0-for-4 day, despite two runs, snapped his two-year hitting streak at 24 games.
Stanford swept the series with 35 runs and a .352 average.
The second inning, was simply a wild one. Vanderbilt sent nine men to the plate in the top of the inning to lead 4-0, before Stanford countered with eight runs and five hits on four Vandy errors to lead 8-4.
NOTES: It was the ninth time since 1996 that a Stanford player had seven RBI and it was the first grand slam and seven RBI game since Brian Ragira last April at Washington State . . . for the series, 6,145 fans came out to Sunken Diamond . . . it marked the debut of freshman Dominic Jose, son of long-time Oakland A's outfielder Felix Jose. Jose pinch hit in the eighth . . . Stanford heads to Pacific on Tuesday for a game in Stockton at 1:30 p.m., before returning home for a three-game series with Texas starting on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Stanford shot its second consecutive round of 303 to finish second at the Peg Barnard Invitational, finishing 19 shots behind first place California, which won the event with a score of 587 at the Stanford Golf Course on Sunday.
The Cardinal held off Washington, which finished third -- one shot behind Stanford with a 607. Oregon State (608) and Fresno State tied for fourth.
Emily Childs of Cal and Fresno State's Christine Uhalde shared medalist honors at 145 (+3).
Three Stanford players -- Sally Watson (tie 7), Mariko Tumangan (tie 8) and Marissa Mar (tie 9) finished in the top 10.
Watson, who entered Sunday's round one shot off the lead, tied for seventh place after carding a 78 over her final 18 holes. She finished four strokes Childs and Uhalde.
Tumangan turned in Stanford's low round of the day, finishing with a 73, thanks in part to key birdies on holes No. 12 and 14.
Mar secured a top-10 finish with a final round 75 to tie for ninth place at 151.
The Stanford women won the University of South Florida Intersectional, while the coed team moved up and finished second at the College of Charleston Regatta following two days of sailing on the East Coast.
In third place following the first day of sailing in Florida, skipper Sally Mace won five-straight races en route to an A Division-best of 73 points. Overall the A Division was in the top-five in each of the final nine races. The B Division skippered by Molly McKinney finished with 131 points, tying for the second-best divisional score. Stanford with 204 combined points beat Navy by 24 points over the 16 races.
Over in Charleston, the host Cougars had the best two-day score of 67 points, as Stanford moved up from fifth place to second with 115 combined points. The B Division team of Hans Henken and Natalie Urban had just 31 points over the 10 races, winning six races and finishing outside the top-five just once.
Eighth-ranked Stanford shut out Bradley, 3-0, Sunday, in the championships of the Stanford Nike Invitational at Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal improved to 8-3 overall, while the Braves dropped to 4-6.
Junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart threw her first complete-game shutout of the season. She tallied three strikeouts, while allowing just two hits and one walk. She moves to 8-1 overall on the year. Bradley pitcher Madeline Lynch-Crumrine took the loss, falling to 2-4.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first four innings. The Cardinal broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth. With the bases loaded, junior Jenna Rich singled to left field to score right fielder Corey Hanewich. Senior Ashley Hansen, who reached on a fielder's choice, scored the second run of the inning as senior Jenna Becerra drew a walk with the bases still loaded.
Stanford scored its final run of the game in the sixth as freshman Leah White hit an RBI single up the middle to scored Hanewich from third.
Up next, Stanford travels to Southern California for the Cathedral City Classic, Feb. 24-26. The Cardinal will face Long Island, No. 4 Oklahoma, Long Beach State, New Mexico State and San Diego State next weekend.
Nationally No. 9-ranked Stanford defeated No. 6 Kentucky, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon, closing out play in the consolation round of the National Team Indoor Championships.
Stanford (8-4) finished 2-1 on the weekend, also defeating No. 7 Baylor, 4-2. while falling 4-1 to No. 2 Virginia.
The Cardinal locked up the doubles point and cleaned up on the back courts with three wins by identical 6-4, 6-4 scores.
Tied at 1-1, Denis Lin and Robert Stineman posted victories to make it 3-1 before John Morrissey provided the clincher.
Stanford is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 25, against California at 1 p.m.
— Niall Adler/Stanford Sports Information
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