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Publication Date: Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Stanford baseball takes two from Cal Stanford baseball takes two from Cal (March 09, 2005)

Cardinal coach Marquess gets his 1,200th career victory

by Rick Eymer

Mark Marquess had at least one former player on hand when the Stanford baseball team beat California, 10-3, on Saturday to give the Cardinal coach his 1,200th career victory.

David Esquer, the starting shortstop on Stanford 1987 national championship team, would have preferred the milestone come at a later date.

Esquer, who coaches at Cal, did get a measure of revenge when the Bears won the final game of the three-game series, 10-4, in Sunday's second game of a doubleheader to end an 18-game losing streak to the Cardinal.

Stanford won the opener, 3-2, when Jim Rapoport squeezed home Cameron Matthews with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

Marquess became the 16th Division I coach to win as many games as Mark Romanczuk (4-2) pitched his second consecutive complete game to earn the victory, limiting the California to three runs and five hits, and no runs on only one hit over the final seven innings. He finished with seven strikeouts and three walks.

"I felt like I had really good stuff and settled in after the first two innings," Romanczuk said. "Everything really just kind of fell into place."

Romanczuk, who threw his first career complete-game shutout in a 6-0 win over USC the previous weekend, continued to climb Stanford's career lists for wins. He has 27, moving him into a seventh-place tie with Bruce Fiala. One more won would move him into a sixth-place tie with Bruce Mignano. He's also within 10 of all-time leader Jeff Ballard.

"Mark Romanczuk just got stronger and stronger as the contest went on," Marquess said. "He definitely pitched much better later in the game than he did in the first couple of innings."

Jed Lowrie and Adam Sorgi each had a pair of doubles and an RBI. Chris Lewis hit a home run and Michael Taylor drove in a career-high three runs.

"I'm getting used to the intensity of college baseball and what it means to have a Stanford jersey on my back," Taylor said.

Stanford's dramatic ninth inning in Sunday's opener started when Taylor singled with one out and moved to third on a single by Lewis.

Matthews pinch ran for Taylor, setting up Rapoport's game-winning squeeze. He more than halfway down the line when Rapoport made contact.

"I had a lot of confidence that he was going to get the bunt down," Matthews said.

Blake Holler (4-0) won in relief of Stanford starter Jeff Gilmore. The two combined on a three-hitter.

"I know that when I come in out of the bullpen, I'm in a situation where I can't make a mistake," Holler said. "When it's late in the game and the score is close, it helps you be that much more on top of your game."

John Mayberry, Jr., Taylor, and Lewis each had two hits.

Stanford hosts another former Cardinal turned coach when Pacific (and Ed Sprague, Esquer's teammate on the 1987 national championship team) visits Sunken Diamond on Saturday, March 19 for a 1 p.m. contest.

Men's tennis

Stanford's Sam Warburg and KC Corkery won the title of the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships on Sunday at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club.

Warburg and Corkery beat Texas A&M's Brett Joelson and Ante Matijevic, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4, in the final.

The team of Phil Sheng and Phil Kao fell in Round of 64, dropping a 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 (6) decision to USC grads Daniel Langre and Ruben Torres. Sophomores Eric McKean and James Wan also lost in the same round, falling to UCLA's Mathieu Dehaine and Kris Kwinta, 8-6.

Men's volleyball

Stanford split a pair of matches over the weekend, beating host Cal State Northridge, 30-27, 30-27, 27-30, 30-28, on Friday and losing to host UC Santa Barbara, 31-33, 33-31, 30-23, 30-24, on Saturday.

Stanford (7-8 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, 8-10 overall) is in a position to make a run for the playoffs as the stretch drive continues when the Cardinal visit Pepperdine on Friday, March 25.

Against the Matadors, Ben Reddy recorded 19 kills while David Vogel and Craig Buell each had 11.

Against the Gauchos, Kevin Hansen had 57 assists and 13 digs.

Women's tennis

Top-ranked Stanford remained undefeated with a 6-0 victory over host Arizona State on Saturday.

The Cardinal (12-0) beat host Arizona, 6-1, on Friday.

Against the Sun Devils, Amber Liu and Alice Barnes won in straight sets at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively.

Erin Burdette, Theresa Logar, Whitney Deason and Anne Yelsey finished off the sweep in singles.

The doubles were not played due to weather conditions and time constraints.

Stanford hosts Pepperdine on March 20 at 12 p.m.

Softball

Stanford senior catcher Leah Nelson hit two home runs and drove in five runs on Sunday to lead the Cardinal to a 6-4 victory over host Cal State Fullerton in the Worth Invitational.

Freshman infielder Michelle Smith hit two home runs in an 8-0 victory over Boston College on Saturday as Stanford (18-2) won two of the three games it played at the tournament.

Stanford had two games on Friday, against Nevada and Minnesota, cancelled because of rain.

Catalina Morris also hit a home run in the win over the Titans and Laura Severson (8-2) earned the win with 3 2-3 innings of relief.

Anna Beardman added three hits and drove in three runs in the win over the Eagles. Nelson also had three hits.

Freshman Lauren Nydam (6-0) threw a one-hit shutout over five innings of work.

Northwestern beat Stanford, 6-1, on Saturday.

Water polo

Third-ranked Stanford split two MPSF games over the weekend, beating host UC Irvine, 11-2, on Saturday before losing, 7-6, to host Long Beach State on Sunday.

The 49ers are coached by Richard Azevedo and feature attacker Cassie Azevedo, the father and younger sister of Stanford men's star Tony Azevedo.

Palo Alto grad Laurel Champion scored twice for Stanford, including a goal that gave the Cardinal (3-1, 10-3) a 4-3 halftime lead.

Azevedo also scored twice, including a goal that tied the game at 3.

Against UC Irvine, Christina Hewko, Scotti Shafer and Kelty Luber each had a pair of goals.

Track and field

Janice Davis, Ashley Purnell, Ashley Freeman and Nick Sebes each won events on Saturday at the Washington Last Chance Indoor Qualifier at the Dempsey Indoor Complex.

The outdoor season began with the Stanford Open on Sunday as nine Stanford athletes earned qualifying marks for the NCAA regional meet.

Solomon Welch won the men's triple jump competition with a 51-9.

In the women's 1,500 meters, regional qualifiers were Amanda Trotter (4:26.71), Teresa McWalters (4:27.25), Lindsay Allen (4:27.69) and Jeane Goff (4:27.74).

Deborah Akinniyi (triple jump, 40-2 3/4); Sarah Hopping (hammer, 186-11); Katy Elsbury (hammer, 178-10) and Erin Merriman (javelin, 158-3) also reached qualifying marks.

In Seattle, Davis ran an NCAA provisional best time of 23.81 in the 200 meters, but she ran a better time, a school record 23.70, in February.

The NCAA Indoor Championships take place in Arkansas beginning Friday.

In the 400 meters, Purnell ran a school record time of 53.57, which beats the NCAA provisional time.

In the 800 meters, Freeman won with a season-best time of 2:07.21, also an NCAA provisional time. Chinny Offor ran a season-best 2:08.76.

Sebes won the 400 in 46.91. Sebes ran a school record 46.88 at the MPSF Championship.

In the mile, Evan Fox and Lauren Jespersen each ran 4:00.00 which was just short of the NCAA automatic qualifying standard of 3:59.30.

Stanford NCAA automatic qualifiers include Ian Dobson in the 5,000, Sara Bei in the 3,000, Alicia Craig in the 5,000, Anita Siraki in the 5,000, Julie Allen in the 5,000, and Erica McLain in the triple jump.

Entries to the NCAA's from a list of NCAA provisional qualifiers were to be announced Monday.

Men's gymnastics

Stanford upset visiting Cal, 222.675-219.775, on Sunday, as freshmen David Sender and Sho Nakamori combined to place first in three events.

The Cardinal compete at the MPSF championships in Norman, Oklahoma beginning March 25.

Women's lacrosse

Senior Nina Pantano scored four goals but it wasn't enough as Connecticut edged Stanford, 8-7 on Friday.

The Cardinal (3-2) also lost to Georgetown, 10-6, on Sunday despite freshman goalie Laura Shane, who stopped 14 shots.

Pantano and Megan Burker each scored two goals to help give Stanford a 5-2 halftime lead.

Stanford hosts Colgate on March 18.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford set several team and individual season-highs in placing third at the Utah quad meet in Salt Lake City on Friday.

Stanford finished second in the floor exercise, scoring a team season-high 49.250 to finish behind Utah's 49.525.

Freshman Liz Tricase and junior Natalie Foley were two of six gymnasts to tie for third on floor, posting 9.900 scores that also tied the team's season-high in the event.

The Cardinal scored 48.825 on beam, tying a season-high.

On Sunday, Stanford dropped a 197.100-194.975 decision to visiting Alabama.


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