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Klahn, Thacher upset third seed at SAP Open; Stanford men win without them

 

Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher didn't really get the day off. Stanford's top two men's tennis players were over in Los Gatos playing in the doubles portion of the SAP Open on Tuesday at Courtside Tennis Club.

They took advantage of the opportunity, upsetting the third-seeded tandem of Dustin Brown and Rogier Wassen, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 10-5. Klahn and Thacher advance to meet Alejandro Falla and Xavier Malisse in Thursday's second round.

Klahn takes on second-seeded Gael Monfils in the late singles match Wednesday night.

Stanford grad Scott Lipsky is also in the doubles tournament, paired with Rajeev Ram. They have yet to play their first-round match.

It didn't seem to bother the rest of the Cardinal lineup as Stanford beat visiting Utah, 7-0, in a nonconference match Tuesday.

Cardinal freshman Jamin Ball from Menlo School took advantage of the lineup change to earn his first career dual-match singles victory. He beat Utah's Garrett LaBarre, 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-8), at No. 6 singles.

Walker Kehrer also recorded his first dual-match singles victory, beating Matt Cowley, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5 singles.

The eighth-ranked Cardinal (5-0) concludes its season-opening six-match homestand on Friday when BYU visits for a 1:30 p.m. first serve. Stanford will visit Cal on Saturday before hosting Fresno St. on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Appearing at the No.1 spot for the second time since his All-American sophomore season, Alex Clayton cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory to put Stanford on the brink of victory. Denis Lin gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead as Stanford won the doubles point to open the match.

Greg Hirshman clinched it with a 6-0, 6-3 victory as the No. 3 player on the ladder.

Women's golf

Sophomore Kristina Wong's final round 1-under 71 helped Stanford finish fourth in the Wildcat Invitational held at the Vistoso Golf Club in Tucson.

Wong tied for second on the player scoreboard, finishing two strokes behind medalist Isabelle Boineau of Arizona, who carded a 54-hole total of 212 to help the Wildcats to the team title.

At 901, Stanford trailed first place Arizona by 26 strokes in the team competition, while Cal finished second at 886, followed by Arizona State at 895.

Wong's final round 71 featured four birdies against just three bogies.

Freshman Marissa Mar tied for 22nd at 228 after carding a final round 76.

Baseball

Stanford sophomore shortstop Kenny Diekroeger from Menlo School, sophomore righthander Mark Appel and freshman outfielder Austin Wilson have been named to Baseball America's preseason All-America team. Diekroeger was named to the first team, Appel to the second and Wilson was named to the third team.

Diekroeger, who led the Cardinal in batting (.356) and RBI (41) last year is rated as the No. 2 sophomore in the country according to the Durham publication. Wilson, who hit .485 with 52 runs and a .802 slugging percentage at Harvard Westlake High in Southern California, is rated as the No. 3 freshman.

Appel was rated as the No. 4 sophomore, and along with Diekroeger was a top summer prospect, following a 3.45 ERA out of the bullpen over 21 games and a 5.92 ERA over 24 games and three starts in 2010.

The trio is part of a talented underclass for the Cardinal this season. Diekroeger and Appel's class was rated No. 2 by Baseball America, Wilson's freshman class was rated No. 1.

The Cardinal, rated as high as No. 10 in the country, will open at Rice on Feb. 18-20. Stanford's home opener is Feb. 22 against California. Stanford plays nine of its first 11 on the road.

— PA Weekly Online Sports

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