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Jones helps Stanford baseball power past the UCLA Bruins

No. 10 Stanford softball falls to No. 12 Cal

Zach Jones hit a three-run home run, Tyler Gaffney and Stephen Piscotty also homered and the Stanford baseball team beat UCLA, 7-4, in a Pac-10 series opener Thursday night.

Mark Appel pitched seven strong innings as the Cardinal (18-12, 4-6 Pac-10) snapped a five-game conference losing streak.

Stanford and the 11th-ranked Bruins (20-13, 9-4) go at again Friday at 5:30 p.m. and finish the three-game set with a 1 p.m. start Saturday.

Appel (3-4) gave up three runs on nine hits over seven innings. He recorded six strikeouts.

Jones gave Stanford a 3-0 lead in the second with his home run, although UCLA rallied to tie it a 3-all before Brian Guymon's first collegiate RBI put the Cardinal ahead to stay.

Gaffney and Piscotty's back-to-back home runs in the seventh made it 7-3.

Men's volleyball

Brad Lawson was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation first team for the second consecutive year it was announced Thursday.

Lawson was one of four Cardinal players to receive recognition. Senior outside hitter Spencer McLachlin and junior libero Erik Shoji were named to the All-MPSF second team, and middle blocker Eric Mochalski was named to the All-Freshman team.

Lawson was the MPSF Player of the Year last season and Shoji earned second-team honors for the third consecutive season.

This is the second all-conference selection for McLachlin, who was a third-team choice as a sophomore.

Mochalski is one of two freshmen to start for Stanford and is second in the MPSF in hitting percentage at .455.

No. 4-ranked Stanford (19-8) plays host to No. 5 Long Beach State (14-13) in the first round of the MPSF tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Softball

Playing on the road isn't always the easiest thing and facing Cal on its home turf is always a tussle, as the nationally No. 10-ranked Stanford women's softball team discovered on Thursday.

The Cardinal opened a Pac-10 series with host Cal, dropping a 2-0 decision to the No. 12 Bears at Levine-Fricke Field in Berkeley, Calif.

Stanford dropped to 31-9 overall and 5-5 in the Pac-10, while the Golden Bears improved to 29-8 on the year and 6-4 in the conference.

Sophomore pitcher Teagan Gerhart threw her 19th complete game of the season. She finished with five strikeouts but falls to 17-7 on the year. Cal's Jolene Henderson picked up the win, improving to 26-5 on the year.

Stanford yielded a run to Cal in the first inning. With a runner on and one out, a catcher's interference by Kelsey Gerhart put two on for the Golden Bears. Center fielder Frani Echavarria singled through the left side to load the bases. Then, designated player Ashley Decker drew a walk to give Cal the 1-0 lead.

Miller led off the second with a single up the middle and then advanced to third on a double down the right-field line by Rich. However, Henderson retired the next three Cardinal hitters to end the inning with the Cal still ahead 1-0.

Gerhart led off the third with a single to right field, but three consecutive fielder's choices followed and the Cardinal still trailed by one.

Stanford kept battling, loading the bases in the top of the sixth. With one out, freshman Corey Hanewich and junior Ashley Hansen both singled to put two runners on. The pair advanced an extra base on Hansen's hit as Cal's Echavarria misplayed the ball in center field. Miller then reached on an error by Williams at third to load the bases. Unfortunately for the Cardinal, Henderson managed to get out of the jam unscathed.

Cal catcher Lindsey Ziegenhirt led off the sixth with a solo home run to left field to put the Bears up 2-0.

Stanford and Cal continue the conference series, on Friday (3 p.m.) in Berkeley.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Sports Information

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