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Stanford softball takes a series from the Bruins

 

Freshman Danielle Miller drove in two runs and Teagan Gerhart pitched a five-hitter as the Stanford softball team downed host UCLA, 5-1, Sunday in a Pac-10 Conference game.

Jenna Rich hit a home run for the Cardinal (2-4, 26-8), which took the series from the Bruins for the first time in four years to assert itself back into the conference race.

Gerhart, who also had two hits, gave up a run on five hits. She walked three and struck out seven in completing her 16th game.

Gerhart pitched 13 innings Friday night but did not get a decision in an eventual 14-inning loss. She struck out 19 in 20 innings over the weekend.

Ashley Hansen added two hits and drove in a run and Sarah Hassman had two hits and scored twice. Michelle Prong also drove in a run.

Stanford returns home to host San Jose State in a nonconference game on Tuesday at 6 p.m. and then hosts Oregon State in a three-game Pac-10 series beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

Baseball

Zach Jones singled home two runs in the top of the eighth inning to break up a shutout attempt but Stanford still dropped a 6-2 Pac-10 decision to host USC on Sunday.

Stephen Piscotty and Dave Giuliani each had two hits for the Cardinal (3-3, 15-9), which hosts Pacific in a nonconference game Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Stanford had not scored for 11 consecutive innings dating to the fifth inning of Saturday's game until Jones singled with the bases loaded.

Dean McArdle (4-1) took the loss after giving up four runs on four hits in two innings.

Sailing

Stanford successfully defended its title at the Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference coed championships Sunday, beating UC Santa Barbara by 29 points over the two-day regatta.

Mateo Vargas and Rebecca King had the second-best score in the A Division, fnishing no lower than fifth in any race for 37 points as the Cardinal scored 77 points overall.

The B Division, comprised of Kevin Laube and Kelly Ortel, had a division-best 40 points, finishing fifth or better among the 12 competitors in 10 of the 12 races.

The conference team championships are next weekend in Santa Barbara.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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