Ashley Chinn and Teagan Gerhart combined on a four-hitter and the 12th-ranked Stanford softball team beat visiting St. Mary's, 2-0, Wednesday, in a nonconference game.
Chinn (11-0) finished with three strikeouts and gave up four hits with no walks in six innings. Gerhart pitched a perfect seventh to record her first save of the season.
Stanford (24-4) opens Pac-10 play this weekend with a three-game series against visiting Arizona (29-6). Friday's game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen hit her fifth home run of the season, a solo shot to give the Cardinal the lead in the first inning. Freshman outfielder Corey Hanewich singled home another run in the fourth.
Hansen leads the Pac-10 with a .548 average (51-for-93) while Arizona's Brittany Lastrapea is second at .500. Wildcats' Stacie Chambers leads the conference with 45 RBI while Hansen leads with 17 doubles.
Arizona claims three of the top four power hitters in the Pac-10, with Lini Koria and Chambers leading the way, each with 12. Bridgette Del Ponte has 11.
Stanford's Sarah Hassman leads the conference with 19 stolen bases (in 21 attempts) while Gerhart is tied for second with 16 (of 16).
Caitlyn Pura had two hits for Stanford, picked to finish sixth by the conference coaches. Arizona and UCLA are considered the co-favorites.
As usual, all eight teams in the conference enter play this weekend with a winning record. Arizona State stands at 33-2, followed by Washington (25-2), Oregon (28-4), Stanford, California (21-4), Arizona, UCLA (21-5) and Oregon State (16-6).
Stanford landed a pair of players, junior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike and senior guard Jeanette Pohlen, on both the John R. Wooden Award and United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-America Teams it was announced Wednesday.
Pohlen was named to her third All-America team, as she was named to the Associated Press All-America First Team Tuesday. It is the second straight year that Ogwumike has been honored by the John R. Wooden Award committee with All-America recognition.
The duo helped lead the Cardinal to the program's 10th Final Four appearance, and fourth in a row. Stanford takes on Texas A&M at 4 p.m. from Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. on Sunday.
Pohlen averages a career-high 14.6 points and 4.77 assists per game heading into the Final Four and has been one of the nation's breakout stars en route to earning the Pac-10 Player of the Year award.
She has shot 41.2 percent from behind the arc and hit a school record 93 3-pointers.
Charley Henrikson led a balanced attack with eight kills to lead No. 3 Stanford to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 victory over UC Santa Cruz in nonconference action from Maples Pavilion on Wednesday.
Henrikson, a junior middle blocker, tied his career-high in kills as Stanford (16-6) prepared for its biggest match of the season, on Friday against No. 1 USC at Maples in a matchup of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation's first- and second-place teams.
A highlight for Stanford was the play of backup setter Dylan Kordic, who moved to the position this season after being hampered by injuries as an outside hitter. In his first collegiate action at setter, Kordic had 15 assists in just over a set of action. He also had three digs and three blocks, including a solo.
Stanford senior Alex Buscaglia was named the National Gymnast of the Week by the College Gymnastics Association on Wednesday.
Buscaglia led No. 2 Stanford to a win over No. 4 Cal in its final dual meet of the season, and, in the process, scored a national-leading 16.300 on high bar.
Buscaglia entered the meet as the top-ranked athlete on high bar, but further backed that up by scoring the 16.300, which is almost a full point higher than any other collegiate this season. Buscaglia won the event against Cal with only teammate Josh Dixon within 1.25 points of him.
Buscaglia also contributed in other events, scoring 14.650 on the floor, 16.050 on vault and 13.800 on parallel bars.