Uploaded: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 4:02 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 13, 2012, 8:47 PM
Stanford freshman Jose hits a home run to remember
|Freshman Dominic Jose will likely remember his first career home run for Stanford. The designated hitter crushed a grand slam to break open a close game and help the Cardinal beat visiting Washington State, 6-1, Sunday to complete a Pac-12 series sweep.
Danny Diekroeger and Eric Smith also each added an RBI for Stanford (14-10, 32-15), which hosts USF in a nonconference game Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. Jake Stewart added two hits.
Brett Mooneyham (6-4) pitched for the first time in two weeks and looked as though he never missed a beat. The senior lefthander pitched a five-hitter over seven scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out three and needed just 95 pitches to get the job done.
"I felt real good," Mooneyham said. "I tried to iron out some mechanical difficulties I was having. I needed to make some slight adjustments to get back to where I was earlier in the season. I just had to make sure my mechanics were a lot smoother."
Mooneyham retired 15 of the final 17 hitters he faced, giving up one hit after the third inning. He was helped by Austin Wilson's defensive prowess. Wilson threw out a runner at the plate in the first inning and then made two consecutive highlight reel catches in the sixth.
"Everybody played well this weekend," Mooneyham said. "A great performance by Wilson. I can't remember having three starting pitchers all win on the same weekend."
Brian Ragira doubled to lead off the second and scored on Smith's single. With two outs in the fifth, Stewart doubled and advanced to third on a wild pitch ahead of Diekroeger's single.
Austin Wilson and Alex Blandino singled to open the sixth. After Smith bunted the runners along, Kenny Diekroeger was walked intentionally. Jose hit a 2-1 pitch that cleared the fence down the left field line.
Stanford needed every ounce of effort it could squeeze out of its lineup to record a 4-1 victory over visiting Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA team tournament Sunday.
The No. 11 Cardinal (19-8) advances to Athens, Ga., and meets No. 6 Kentucky in the Round of 16 on Friday at 1 p.m.. The Wildcats beat Indiana, 4-0, to advance.
Stanford earned a come-from-behind victory in doubles, a point that needed nearly 100 minutes to complete.
Jamin Ball and Robert Stineman were behind at No. 3 doubles when Ryan Thacher and Denis Lin dropped their match at No. 1, 8-6.
Ball and Stineman forced a tiebreaker and fell behind, 4-1, before scoring six straight points to even things up.
Bradley Klahn and John Morrissey also came from behind to win at No. 2 doubles, 9-7, and clinch the first point of the match.
Klahn and Daniel Ho each won their singles matches, needing just over two hours to complete them, giving Stanford a 3-0 edge.
Ryan Thacher dropped his match at No. 2 singles, giving the Broncos their first point and some hope. At the time, the three remaining matches were too close to call.
With the match nearing its fourth full hour, Morrissey completed his three-set victory at No. 4 singles, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 to clinch it for the Cardinal.
Track and field
Kori Carter, Katerina Stefanidi and Brianna Bain each won an individual title in helping the Stanford women place second at the Pac-12 championships that concluded Sunday in Eugene, Ore.
Chris Derrick and Amaechi Morton won individual titles for the Cardinal men, which finished fifth at the conference championships.
Oregon won both the men's and women's titles.
Carter's conference title was a record-setting performance in the 100 hurdles. She lowered a her own school record with a speedy 12.99. Her previous best was 13.13. Katie Nelms ran second in 13.01.
Stefanidi won her second straight conference title in the pole vault. The senior went 14-8 1/4 to improve her own school record, though she missed the Olympic 'A' standard, and ranks 14th in the world. Stefanidi will continue to work toward achieving the standard and guarantee a spot for Greece at the London Olympic Games.
Bain, a freshman, won the javelin on Saturday.
On the men's side, Morton earned his first Pac-12 title, winning the 400 hurdles in 48.95. He owns the sixth-fastest time in the world and is one of eight runners under 49 seconds this season. He also finished second in the 110 hurdles.
Derrick raced to his third career conference title, and the second in the 5,000, winning in 13:37.55. Derrick battled with Kenyans Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu of Arizona as the event became a three-man race. He was also the runner-up in the 1,500.
Carter and Nelms joined Shataya Hendricks and Carissa Levingston in finishing third in the 400 relay with a time of 44.25, the second fastest in school history.
Hendricks also came up big in the open events, running a wind-aided 11.45 in the 100 to take third and a personal best of 23.48 in the 200 to take sixth. Nelms and Levingston placed fifth and seventh to give Stanford three scorers in the event. Nelms ran a personal best of 23.36 that ranks third in Stanford history, while Levingston ran 23.80.
Kathy Kroeger was the Pac-12 runner-up in the 5,000 with a time of 16:13.18. Stanford also had a pair of scorers in the 800 as Justine Fedronic was fifth in 2:05.52 and Joy O'Hare placed sixth in 2:08.26.
The Cardinal also scored big in the triple jump, led by Arantxa King who placed third. King went 42-5 1/2 to add a third place finish to her runner-up finish in the long jump on Saturday. Other scorers for Stanford were Jordan Merback who placed fifth with a personal-best mark of 42-4 1/4 and Karynn Dunn, eighth in 41-2 1/2.
Rebecca Hammar placed fifth in the discus with a toss of 168-3 and Elaine Patten was eighth in the high jump with a best of 5-6 1/2.
On the men's side, both the 5,000 and 1,500 were productive for Stanford. Brendan Gregg and Miles Unterreiner also scored in the 5,000 while Tyler Stutzman and Michael Atchoo scored in the 1,500.
Gregg was sixth in 14:03.10, while Unterreiner was eighth in 14:16.27 as the duo came back less than 24 hours after both scoring in the 10,000 as well. Stutzman and Atchoo finished fifth and sixth in the 1,500 meters, running nearly identical times of 3:48.63 and 3:48.74.
Spencer Chase was sixth in the 400 with a time of 47.39 and Marco Bertolotti was eighth in the 800 in 1:54.69 while the 400 relay finished seventh in 41.35. Chase was joined by Patton Jones, Colin Hepburn and Jamal-Rashad Patterson for the relay.
Darian Brooks placed eighth in the triple jump with a personal best of 50-2, ninth in Stanford history. Geoffrey Tabor failed to defend his discus title after being eliminated with three straight fouls.
Stanford prepares for the NCAA Regional Championships that get underway May 24 in Austin, Texas.
Stanford was one of eight Pac-12 teams to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament Sunday and will play in the Lafayette Regional.
The Cardinal (38-17) will meet Baylor (33-20) in Friday's first round action. The Bears own a win over Oregon this season and have also lost to UCLA.
Stanford is 15-13 against the NCAA field, 9-12 against conference opponents. The Cardinal own wins over fourth-seeded Oklahoma, No. 11 Oregon, No. 12 UCLA, No. 13 Arizona and No. 16 Washington.
Lafayette is seeded 14th.
Stanford earned a school best third place finish at the National Semifinals, to secure a berth into the national championships.
Top-ranked Georgetown held off Roger Williams College (135) and Stanford (136) for one of the two Semifinal titles, scoring 120 points. RWC edged the Cardinal by one point after winning the 13th race in the B Division.
Stanford was in second place with two races to go, as the B Division team of Oliver Toole and Haley Kirk finished their day in seventh and fourth for a combined two-day total of 60 points. RWC moved ahead of the Cardinal following a first and seventh place showing.
The Cardinal duo had won two races on day two, to keep it close. Overall they finished seventh or better in 13 of the 14 races against the other 17 competitors.
Kevin Laube and Kelly Ortel's boat in the A Division, finished in the top-five in seven of eight races on day two to finish with 76 points. The one error, proved costly and was a 12-point difference with the Hoyas.
Trailing first place Georgetown by 10 points, a foul pushed the A Division back in the eighth race, costing the Cardinal 19 points, despite top-seven finishes and seven points or less in each of its first seven races over two days. Georgetown was seventh in the same race. The Laube and Ortel were in the top-seven in 13 of 14 races overall.
— Palo Alto Online Sports
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