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Ragira picks up the offensive pace for Stanford baseball

 

Freshman first baseman Brian Ragira is just getting the hang of things for the Stanford baseball team and he now he has to wait a couple of weeks to get back on the field.

Ragira, who had three of Stanford's eight hits Sunday in a 4-2 loss at Texas in a nonconference game, has a modest three-game hitting streak going into the break.

That's big news for a guy who had one hits in his first 16 at bats (.063) as a college player. He finished the weekend with five hits in 13 at bats, driving in three runs and raising his average to a better looking .273.

It will be awhile though, before he faces another competitive situation, if you don't include taking finals as a competitive situation. Stanford, after playing two if its' first 11 games away from Sunken Diamond, will open a stretch of nine games in which seven will be at home.

Michigan comes to town to open a three-game on Friday, March 18 at 6 p.m. It's a scheduled doubleheader (2 p.m. start) Saturday.

Stanford starter Jordan Pries was doing just fine until running into trouble in the bottom of the fifth. Overall he allowed three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four.

The Cardinal (6-5) had runners in scoring position with less than two outs five times during the contest. Stanford managed to push across two in the eighth, though a double play ended a bases-loaded threat.

Stanford stranded 10 runners overall and also left the bases loaded in the sixth.

Women's water polo

Top-ranked Stanford scored three consecutive goals to open the second period, erasing an early deficit, in an 11-3 win over host Long Beach State in a nonconference match Sunday.

Alyssa Lo scored three goals to lead the Cardinal (15-0), while Jillian Garton and Annika Dries each added a pair of goals.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Pallavi Menon scored a goal to give Stanford a 4-2 lead heading into halftime.

Menlo School grad Kim Krueger scored a goal to make it 7-3 in the third period.

Softball

Teagan Gerhart took a no-hitter into the fifth and settled for a three-hitter, and hit a home run as Stanford beat Cal State Northridge, 8-2, Sunday on the final day of the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton.

The Cardinal (17-3) head into its finals break on a nine-game winning streak.

Gerhart recorded a career-best 14 strikeouts, including the first six batters she faced, in pitching her ninth complete game.

Alix Van Zandt and Ashley Hansen each drove in two runs for the Cardinal.

Women's gymnastics

Ashley Morgan won the floor exercise and finished second in the all-around competition but second-ranked Stanford finished second to Oregon State, 197.000-19.500, in a quad meet at California Sunday.

The Cardinal (17-1) suffered its first loss of the season on the final day of the regular season.

Stanford has plenty of time to regroup, with the Pac-10 championships beginning March 19 at UCLA.

The Cardinal, off to its best start in school history, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten. Oklahoma remains the lone undefeated team in Division I at 14-0, with one more meet.

Morgan, the nation's top-ranked gymnast in the floor exercise, recorded a 9.950 to win the event. She scored 39.325 in all-around.

Men's gymnastics

Ryan Lieberman won two events and Josh Dixon, Tim Gentry and John Martin also won events as second-ranked Stanford beat host Nebraska, 359.000-347.600 Sunday at the Devaney Center.

Lieberman won the high bar with a 15.300 and the parallel bars with a score of 15.500. Gentry won the vault title with a 16.20, Martin won the pommel horse with a 15.100 and Dixon won the floor exercise with a 15.600.

Women's lacrosse

Leslie Foard had three goals as ninth-ranked Stanford beat Canisus, 15-7, in a nonconference game in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday.

Emilie Boeri, Anna Kim, Sarah Flynn, Anna Boeri and Jacqueline Candelaria each added two goals for the Cardinal (6-0), which has the next two weeks off for finals.

"I am really happy about how we performed on our first road trip," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "We got a lot of offensive production and our defense is back in a good place."

Stanford returns to action with another road trip that includes stops at Cincinnati, Louisville and Vanderbilt the week of March 22-27.

Men's tennis

Stanford's top doubles team of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher defeated Fresno State's Remi Boutillier and Rikus de Villiers, 6-1, 6-2, Sunday to win the title of the Pacific Coast Doubles tournament.

Klahn and Thacher have won six career doubles titles.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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