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A perfect finish for No. 100

Cardinal edges Oklahoma for second title in three years

The Stanford men's gymnastics team won the NCAA title Friday, scoring 363.450 at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

The second-ranked Cardinal earned its second national championship in three years and gave Stanford University its 100th NCAA title.

"I am ecstatic that men's gymnastics was the team to reach the 100th title for Stanford," said head coach Thom Glielmi. "It is an incredible achievement for Stanford and the fact that it was men's gymnastics that won it is just icing on the cake."

The championship also extended Stanford's record of at least one NCAA title a school year to 35 years.

"The team was led by the six seniors who have been here before," Glielmi said. "They are going out with two NCAA titles and tonight helped the younger guys along for a complete team effort."

Ryan Lieberman recorded an 88.950 in the all-around competition and Josh Dixon scored 88.750 to lead Stanford.

Alex Buscaglia shared the NCAA title on vault and horizontal bars. He scored 16.350 on the vault and 15.400 on the horizontal bars.

The Cardinal recorded a score of 62.450 in the floor exercise, its best effort of the season and the nation's second best score of the year. Eddie Penev came through with a season-best score of 15.950. Dixon was also outstanding in the event with a 15.850.

Stanford scored 59.300 on the horizontal bar. The Cardinal entered the meet as the national leader in the event. Dixon supported Buscaglia with a big effort of his own, scoring a 14.900. Lieberman scored 14.750 and Tim Gentry scored 14.250.

Stanford scored 56.500 on the pommel horse, with freshman Chris Turner recording the top score of the rotation with a 14.550.

James Fosco and Gentry came through on the rings to give Stanford a score of 60.700. Fosco scored 15.250, before Gentry recorded a 15.800.

Stanford took over the national lead on vault in as Lieberman and Abhinav Ramani opened with solid vaults, scoring 15.850 and 15.950, respectively.

The Cardinal added to the lead as Dixon scored a 16.000 and then Buscaglia stuck a landing for the top vault of the day with a score of 16.350. Gentry added a 16.250 and to give Stanford a score of 64.550, the best of the day.

Softball

Ashley Hansen hit a home run, Melisa Koutz had two hits and drove in two runs and Stanford beat visiting Oregon State, 7-0, in a Pac-10 contest Friday night.

Teagan Gerhart (17-6) threw a two-hitter as the Cardinal (3-4, 28-8) won its fourth straight. Gerhart walked one and struck out five. She retired 13 straight between a second-inning hit and a seventh-inning hit.

Stanford and Oregon State meet again Saturday at 1 p.m.

Baseball

Stanford sophomore Mark Appel pitched brilliantly Friday night, but Oregon State's Sam Gaviglio was just a little bit better.

Gaviglio threw a four-hitter over eight innings and Tony Bryant pitched a perfect ninth as the first-place Beavers edged Stanford, 1-0, in a Pac-10 contest.

The Cardinal (3-4, 16-10) looks to even the series Saturday with a 1 p.m. start against Oregon State at Sunken Diamond.

Kavin Keyes singled with two outs in the first inning to push across the only run of the game.

Appel (2-4, 2.86) allowed seven hits in his 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six. It was the third time this season Appel has lost by a run. It was the first time in four years Stanford was involved in a 1-0 decision.

Stanford loaded the bases with two outs in the fourth and Jake Stewart was stranded after leading off the seventh with a double.

Women's gymnastics

Stanford coach Kristen Smyth announced the signing of world-class gymnasts Ivana Hong, a two-time U.S. national champion, and Becky Wing, a 2008 Olympian from England, to letters of intent.

They join Samantha Shapiro, one of America's top elite gymnasts and an Olympic hopeful for 2012, and Pauline Hanset to form an all-star Stanford recruiting class for the 2012 season.

Hong's achievements include U.S. senior elite national titles at the 2009 Visa Championships in Dallas when she won the balance beam and vault, and captured a silver medal in the all-around.

Hong is a native of Blue Springs, Mo., and trains at the renowned World Olympic Gymnastics Academy in Plano, Texas, under Valeri Liukin.

A 2008 U.S. Olympic team alternate, Hong won international team gold medals at the 2007 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, and at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Women's lacrosse

Seventh-ranked Stanford clinched the top seed in the upcoming Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament with an 18-13 victory over host Oregon Friday.

The Cardinal (5-0, 13-1) also clinched at least a share of the regular season title.

"I am really happy with offensive production against a tough MPSF opponent on the road," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "We came out really strong in the second half and finished some great opportunities."

Leslie Foard led the Cardinal with five goals and an assist, converting all five of her free-position shots. She also contributed three draw controls and caused four turnovers.

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