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No. 1 Stanford women beat No. 2 USC in UC Invitational title match

 

Annika Dries scored four goals to lead the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team to a 9-6 victory over USC in the championship game of the UC Invitational on Sunday.

Stanford reached the championship match with a 10-5 victory over Hawaii in the semifinal. USC beat UCLA to reach the title game.

Kate Baldoni recorded 14 saves as the Cardinal (12-0) beat the Women of Troy for the second time in a championship game this season.

Stanford plays at San Diego State in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation game Friday and at Long Beach State in a nonconference game Saturday.

The Cardinal took a 5-2 lead at halftime and never looked back, also getting goals from Menlo School grad Kim Krueger, Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon, Melissa Seidemann, Cassie Churnside and Alyssa Lo.

It was the first time all season Stanford was held to fewer than 10 goals.

In the win over Hawaii, Krueger led the way with four goals.

UCLA edged Hawaii, 7-6, in the third-place game as Menlo School grad Megan Burmeister and Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark each scored a goal.

Baseball

Ben Clowe and Stephen Piscotty each hit a home run, Jordan Pries pitched seven strong innings and Stanford beat host Vanderbilt, 5-2, Sunday to salvage a game of the nonconference series.

The eighth-ranked Cardinal (4-3) hosts Santa Clara at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in a nonconference game.

Clowe and Piscotty hit back-to-back home runs to give Stanford a 2-0 lead in the second inning and Pries took care of the rest, allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings. Chris Reed pitched the final two innings for his first save.

Jake Stewart, Brian Ragira and Lonnie Kauppila also drove in runs for the Cardinal, who has played six of its first seven games on the road.

Softball

Maya Burns doubled home two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and Stanford beat UC Davis, 5-3, Sunday in the final game of the Stanford Nike Invitational.

The Cardinal (12-3) got four strong innings from winner Teagan Gerhart, who did not allow an earned run. Ashley Chinn pitched three innings for her first save.

Ashley Hansen drove in single runs in the first and fifth and Michelle Prong also drove in a run for Stanford. Prong and Sarah Hassman each had two hits.

Stanford travels to Fullerton next weekend for the DeMarini Invitational. The Cardinal plays Southern Mississippi and Iowa on Friday.

Women's gymnastics

Sophomore Ashley Morgan won three events, but the day belonged to senior Danielle Ikoma, who captured her first-ever all-around victory while competing in her final home gymnastics meet, a 196.825-192.375 victory for second-ranked Stanford over Arizona State at Maples Pavilion on Sunday.

Stanford extended its' best-ever start to 15-0 during the team's Senior Day and home finale, winning every event and earning eight collegiate career-best marks.

Morgan, the daughter of baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, set or tied career bests in all three events. She scored 9.925's on vault, a Stanford season high in that event, and floor exercise. She also scored 9.00 on the balance beam.

Morgan, tied for the No. 1 ranking in the country on floor, extended her winning streak in that event to seven consecutive meets while scoring 9.925 for the fourth time this season.

Ikoma, one of three seniors being honored, captured the all-around title in her first year competing as such after being a regular in the lineup in various events for three years.

Ikoma' score of 39.275 was her best-ever and edged fellow senior Shelley Alexander, second at 39.175. Fifth-year senior Allyse Ishino, who owns Stanford's highest all-around score of the season, did not compete because of an ankle sprain suffered last week.

Stanford achieved one more victory, on the uneven bars. Nicole Pechanec took the honors with a 9.90, helping Stanford to its second-best team score of the season.

Women's lacrosse

Jacqueline Candelaria scored four goals, including the game-winner, as Stanford beat visiting Harvard, 18-17, in a nonconference match Sunday.

Karen Nesbitt and Leslie Foard each added four goals for the Cardinal (4-0), which travels to Ohio State for a nonconference contest Saturday.

Wrestling

Senior Zack Giesen won his first Pac-10 title at 197 pounds and Stanford finished fourth (114.0) at the 2011 Pac-10 Championships at Gill Coliseum on Sunday in Corvallis, Ore.

The fourth-place team finish is the highest for the Cardinal since 2008, when the team took second. Besides the 2008 runnerup finish, the fourth place is the highest for Stanford since 1986.

Overall, Stanford placed seven of its 10 wrestlers in the top four -- including junior Nick Amuchastegui's runnerup finish at 174 pounds. The 2010 champion at 165 pounds, Amuchastegui took second at the conference championships for the second time. In 2009, he did it at 165 pounds.

Joining Giesen as an automatic qualifier for the 2011 NCAA Championships next month is Amuchastegui, senior Justin Paulsen (133 pounds) and sophomore Ryan Mango (125 pounds). All four are returning NCAA qualifiers from 2010.

Paulsen placed third at 133 pounds with a 3-1 record. All three of his wins were major decisions.

Four Cardinal wrestlers took fourth Sunday - Mango, redshirt sophomore Timmy Boone (149 pounds), redshirt freshman Kyle Meyer (157 pounds), senior Lucas Espericueta (165 pounds).

Boise State claimed the 2011 Pac-10 Championship with 147.0 points and four individual title winners. Last year's champion, Oregon State, was the runnerup with 137.5 points, while Arizona State finished ahead of the Cardinal with 117.0 points. Both the Beavers and Sun Devils each had two individual champions.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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