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Ragira hits for the cycle to lead 16-hit baseball win over SCU

 

After being off for two weeks due to finals and inclement weather, the Stanford baseball team is playing catch-up. Thus far, the Cardinal has been very successful in that game.

After ending its recent hibernation with a win over UC Davis on Monday night, Stanford returned to Sunken Diamond on Tuesday afternoon and pounded out 16 hits in a 9-1 nonconference victory over Santa Clara.

Freshman Brian Ragira hit for the cycle to pace No. 12-ranked Stanford, which improved to 8-5.

Ragira went 5-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI, hitting an RBI triple in the second, doubling and scoring in the third, and hitting a two-run homer in the fourth. Ragira completed the cycle in the sixth with a bloop single to right, becoming just the second Cardinal player since 1992, and first since Oakland A's Triple-A prospect Michael Taylor in 2005, to do so. He closed out his day with an infield single.

Austin Wilson and Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger added three hits a piece as Dean McArdle (3-0) went the first four pre-determined shutout innings for the win. Three pitchers combined on a three hitter after a six hitter Monday against UC Davis.

The Cardinal batted around off of two SCU pitchers to lead 5-0 in the second. The Cardinal scored three times, before chasing starter Cory Hall (2-3) from the game and added two more runs off of reliever Brock Simon as the Broncos fell to 7-10.

Ragira added to the lead with a two-run home run as part of a three-run fourth to make it 9-0. Ragira drove in the first run in the second with an RBI triple, before two-out RBI singles by Wilson and Jake Stewart made it 3-0. A two-run single by Diekroeger made it 5-0

Stanford will host Long Beach State in a three-game series starting on Friday, weather permitting. The Cardinal's scheduled game at Pacific on Wednesday has been postponed until May 9 due to inclement weather.

Softball

After being rained out of a possible four games last weekend, Stanford is making up for that in a hurry. The Cardinal won its third straight in two days, a 4-3 nonconference triumph over visiting UC Davis on Tuesday.

Freshman Michelle Prong's three-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning propelled the 12th-ranked Cardinal at Smith Family Stadium. Stanford moves to 20-3 on the season, while the Aggies drop to 12-11.

Stanford outhit UC Davis, 12-5. Sophomore second baseman Jenna Rich was 4-for-4 while junior Ashley Hansen and freshman Danielle Miller each had two hits. Prong had the big double while sophomore first baseman Alix Van Zandt added a solo home run.

Sophomore Teagan Gerhart earned the pitching win, improving to 12-3. She finished with four strikeouts, giving her 100 for the season. She now has 273 in her career, the eighth most in school history. UC Davis' Alex Holmes took the loss, falling to 7-8 overall.

UC Davis came out fired up and posted three runs in the top of the first inning. With the bases loaded, Gerhart walked in the first run. Left fielder Heather Zimmerman knocked in two more runs for the Aggies with a single to right field.

Van Zandt got the Cardinal on the scoreboard with a solo home run in her first at-bat. It marked the fourth homer of the season for the sophomore and cut the Aggies lead to 3-1 after two complete innings.

The score remained 3-1 in favor of the Aggies until the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior Sarah Hassman led off the inning with an infield single. Hansen then reached on a fielder's choice and Rich got aboard with an infield single. Miller loaded the bases with a single up the middle. Prong, then 0-3 on the day, ripped a three-run double to left field to clear the bases and give Stanford its 12th straight win.

The Cardinal avoided the loss to the Aggies, which would have been the first in over 15 years. It marked the second consecutive game in which Stanford came from behind to win in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Stanford will remain on The Farm this weekend as it hosts the Stanford Invitational. Also entered are Coastal Carolina, Pacific, Sacramento State, San Diego State and UC Riverside with games running Friday through Sunday.

Women's lacrosse

Sarah Flynn scored five times and Lauren Schmidt added for goals as seventh-ranked Stanford pounded host Cincinnati, 20-8, in a nonconference contest on Tuesday.

Men's tennis

Ryan Thacher and Greg Hirshman each won their matches but eighth-ranked Stanford dropped a 5-2 decision to host Baylor in a nonconference match Tuesday in Waco, Texas.

The Cardinal (8-4) hosts USC on Friday at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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