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Stanford baseball, softball teams pick up victories

 

A.J. Vanegas and three other pitchers combined to throw a three-hitter Tuesday as the Stanford baseball team beat visiting Pacific, 3-1, in a nonconference game.

Vanegas started the game and went three scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

Elliott Byers struck out three in his three innings, Scott Snodgress threw an inning, allowing a run on two hits, and Chris Reed pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Jake Stewart had two hits for the 17th-ranked Cardinal (16-9), which scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally from a 1-0 deficit.

Stewart sparked the rally with a leadoff triple. Zach Jones followed with an RBI double to tie it. Stephen Piscotty and Brian Ragira also drove in runs.

Jones drove in a run for the eighth time in his past 10 games after not driving in a run over the first 15 games.

Stanford hosts Oregon State this weekend for a three-game series. Friday's game is at 5:30 p.m. and both Saturday and Sunday games are scheduled for 1 p.m.starts.

Softball

Freshman Corey Hanewich hit a three-run double in the fifth inning to provide Stanford and senior pitcher Ashley Chinn with enough offense in a 3-1 nonconference victory over San Jose State Tuesday.

Chinn (13-2) recorded her ninth complete game, striking out seven and not issuing a walk. She gave up a run on five hits.

Teagan Gerhart had two hits for Stanford, which hosts Oregon State in a Pac-10 Conference matchup beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

Hanewich has driven in eight runs over her past three games.

Junior shortstop Ashley Hansen and sophomore pitcher Teagan Gerhart were named Pac-10 Softball Player and Pitcher of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday.

Hansen led No. 13 Stanford to two wins at No. 6 UCLA last weekend as the Cardinal earned its first Pac-10 series win of the season. The victories were the first for the Cardinal over the Bruins since 2007.

Hansen led the way with a .615 batting average (8-for-13), including two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases. She posted a .769 slugging percentage and a .600 on-base percentage on the weekend.

In the first game of the series, a 6-5 win for UCLA in a 14 inning marathon, Hansen tallied two hits, a stolen base and a sacrifice fly for an RBI. She also made several solid defensive plays to keep the Cardinal in the contest.

In Saturday's 6-2 win for Stanford, Hansen was a perfect 4-4 with two doubles, an RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base. Her two doubles brings her season total to 19, which leads the conference.

In Sunday's rubber game, Hansen was 2-3 at the plate and also drove in a run as Stanford took the season series from UCLA for the first time in four years.

On the year, Hansen has already matched her hit total from all of last season (59) and produced more doubles (19), triples (3) and home runs (5) than a year ago.

Gerhart showed her toughness in the circle last weekend, throwing 21 1/3 innings and a total of 391 pitches in three appearances. She posted a 1.97 ERA on the weekend, striking out 20 UCLA hitters and gave up just six runs.

Her weekend began on Friday in which she threw 231 pitches in a career-high 13 innings. She had 12 strikeouts, her fourth double-digit strikeout game of the year. Gerhart was pulled after the 13th inning and was not the pitcher of record in the loss. She also tallied a hit, drew a walk, stole a base and scored two of Stanford's five runs in the game.

On Saturday, Gerhart entered the game in relief in the bottom of the sixth inning. She allowed just one hit and struck out the final UCLA batter to give Stanford its first win over UCLA in four years. On Sunday, Gerhart earned her 14th win of the season in a 5-1 Stanford win. She tossed her 16th complete game of the season, allowing just one run on five hits with seven strikeouts. Offensively, she went 2-2 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored.

Overall, Gerhart hit .429 on the weekend with a .571 slugging percentage and a .556 on-base percentage.

Tennis

Wednesday's scheduled nonleague match between No. 2 Stanford and visiting St. Mary's has been postponed due to rain.

The match has been shifted to Thursday at 3 p.m., with the doubles competition likely to start on the back stadium courts because of the men's tennis match between No. 8 Stanford and No. 52 Boise State slated for 1:30 p.m.

After hosting St. Mary's, Stanford (21-0) closes out the regular season Saturday at California in a key match with Pac-10 title implications. At 7-0, Stanford has claimed at least a share of the title, while California is 6-1 in league play.

— -- Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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