Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 7, 2014

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MARQUESS MILESTONE . . . When Stanford opens a three-game nonconference baseball series with visiting Kansas this weekend, Cardinal coach Mark Marquess will start working on his next milestone. Marquess reached one big one — his 1,500th career victory — on Tuesday as Stanford romped past host California, 11-1, in a nonconference game. Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino contributed a lot in less than half a game. The Stanford infielder collected three hits and drove in a career-high four runs to help Marquess reach his milestone after the Cardinal was swept last weekend in three games at Vanderbilt. Stanford freshman starter Tyler Thorne (2-0) tossed a three-hitter over five innings, walking two and striking out four. Thorne reduced his ERA to 1.88 after six appearances, and his second start. He's walked four and struck out nine in 14 innings. Blandino, who left the game in favor of Tommy Edman after the top of the fourth, and Thorne made it easy for the Cardinal to help Marquess, in his 38th year as coach at Stanford, improve to 1,500-788-7, third among active coaches. Blandino doubled home a run in the first, singled home two in the third and singled home another run in the fourth. He's hitting .444 (8 for 18) over his past five games. Austin Barr also doubled home a run in the first, while Zach Hoffpauir tripled home a run and Drew Jackson added an RBI single in the third. Alex Dunlap scored on a balk and Stanford took a 7-0 lead after three innings. Stanford (5-7), which snapped a three-game losing streak against Cal, will host Kansas on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by games Saturday (2 p.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Sunken Diamond.

HOOP CHAMP . . . The Menlo College women's basketball team earned a third straight trip to the NAIA Championships by winning the California Pacific Conference playoff title for the third year in a row on Monday night in Atherton.

The top-seeded Lady Oaks (25-5) posted a 68-64 win over No. 3 seed William Jessup (14-15), Menlo's third of the season over the Warriors. The Lady Oaks' largest lead of the contest came on a basket by Laurel Donnenwirth with 4:00 remaining to make it 61-53.

Donnenwirth again proved why she is considered one of the top players in the conference by building off of Saturday's 28-point, 25-rebound performance with a 27-point, 11-rebound effort in the championship game. Cal Pac Player of the Year Jolise Limcaco was the only other Menlo scorer in double-digits with 13 points, three rebounds and four assists in 39 minutes of action. Menlo now turns its focus to a trip to Sioux City, Iowa for the 32-team, single-elimination 2014 NAIA National Championships that get under way March 12.

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