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Yun finishes strong to place second at golf event

Stanford baseball improves to 8-1 at home after beating San Jose State

Andrew Yun made four consecutive birdies at one point Tuesday, and sank six overall in the third and final round of the William Morris Intercollegiate in Austin, Texas to record a second-place finish, one stroke behind medalist Tom Hoge of TCU, who shot a three-round total of 215.

Texas won the team competition, netting a score of 892. Stanford finished sixth with a final score of 909.

Yun, who shot a final round of 3-under 69, finished strong, recording birdies on holes 10-13, which drew him within one of Hoge. Yun bogeyed the next hole and then pared out while Hoge birdied the 17th and bogeyed the 18th.

Steven Kearney birdied two of his final seven holes to make up three strokes on teammate Graham Brockington, who each finished in a 30th-place tie with tournament scores of 231.

The Cardinal is entered in The Western Intercollegiate at Pasatiempo, which tees off April 16 in Santa Cruz. It's Stanford's final regular-season event.

Baseball

Danny Sandbrink and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Stanford beat visiting San Jose State, 5-2, in a nonconference game Tuesday.

Brian Ragira, Ben Clowe, Zach Jones and Stephen Piscotty each drove in a run for the Cardinal (14-7), which won for the fifth time in six games.

Stanford, which improved to 8-1 at home, travels to USC to open a three-game Pac-10 series Friday at 6 p.m.

Sandbrink (2-0) started and threw four hitless innings to gain the victory. He walked one and struck out two in facing one over the minimum.

A.J. Vanegas allowed a run on a hit in his two innings and Scott Snodgress followed with two scoreless innings. Chris Reed gave up singles to the first three batters he faced, allowing one run to score before striking out the final two batters he faced to end it.

Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger was 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, second only to his 23-game streak of last year. The sophomore shortstop leads Stanford with a .419 batting average.

Diekroeger, who has a team-high 36 hits, scored his 20th run of the season to break a tie with Jake Stewart for the team lead in that category.

Women's golf

Stanford junior Sydney Burlison carded a 54-hole score of 223 to finish tied for sixth at the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate event, which wrapped up on Tuesday at the Half Moon Bay Golf Links Ocean Course.

Burlison put together rounds of 74, 75 and 74 to match her lowest 54-hole score of the season and notch her first top-10 finish.

Senior Piper Miller tied for 63rd at 243 after rounds of 78, 83 and 82.

Men's crew

Stanford's I Eight and II Eight boats each finished at the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend.

"It was an outstanding day for the men. The Varsity Eight raced with energy, challenging Cal all the way down the course," Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian said. "Finishing 2.75 seconds back to the defending national champions is a solid starting point."

Stanford hosts the Stanford Invitational at Redwood Shores beginning April 16.

Women's crew

Stanford finished its weekend of competition at the San Diego Crew Classic with second-place finishes in the Jessop-Whittier Cup competition and Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Cups.

The Cardinal also recorded a third-place effort going for the Laurel V. Korholz Cup and a fourth-place effort by the fours in the competition for the Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup.

Stanford's I Eight finished second in the Jessop-Whittier Grand Final Sunday, just 2.63 seconds back of the winning USC boat. Saturday, the crew had earned its spot in the Grand Final by capturing a five-second victory in its opening heat.

The II Eight, also won its heat on Saturday to book a spot in its Grand Final. There, the Cardinal crossed the line in second place at 6:49.00, just over four seconds behind the winning Washington crew.

The fours, meanwhile, took fourth in its Grand Final, crossing the line in 7:38.74, just under eight seconds behind the winning boat from USC. The Cardinal women had earned its Grand Final spot with a second-place finish in Saturday's opening heat.

Stanford's novice eight took second behind Washington in its Saturday heat, then in Sunday's Grand Final, crossed the line in 7:15.94 to take third in the competition for the Laurel V. Korholz Cup.

The Cardinal travels to the Lake Natoma Invitational on April 16-17.

The Lightweight team brought home the vitaminwater Cup after taking first place in the competition at the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend.

The Cardinal brought two boats to compete for the cup over the weekend. The "A" boat captured Saturday's heat with a winning time of 6:41.70, while the "B" boat took third with a time of 6:59.84. The University of Victoria finished in second place.

In Sunday's Grand Final, the "A" crew once again crossed the line first, this time in a winning time of 7:06.00, nearly six seconds faster than the runner-up Victoria crew. The Cardinal "B" crew took fifth with a time of 7:33.94.

The Lightweights make a trip to the East Coast in two weeks to row against Harvard and MIT on April 16 and 17, respectively.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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