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Stanford's Chinn bears down to beat Cal in Pac-10 softball

 

The Stanford softball team took advantage of two unearned runs in the first inning to beat host California, 2-1, in a Pac-10 Conference game Friday.

Sarah Hassman and Ashley Hansen opened the game with singles and both scored when Jenna Rich's ball was mishandled at first base.

Ashley Chinn and Teagan Gerhart took care of the rest, combining on a four-hitter as Stanford (6-5, 32-9) pulled into a fourth-place tie with the Bears in the conference standings.

Chinn (15-2) gave up a run on three hits in four innings before turning the ball over to Gerhart, who recorded her third save.

Women's water polo

Stanford got goals from nine different players in Saturday's 15-7 win over visiting San Jose State in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular-season finale.

Cassie Churnside, Annika Dries and Melissa Seidemann each scored three times, Kim Krueger and Pallavi Menon each scored a pair, and single goals were added by Monica Coughlan, Victoria Kennedy, Kaitlyn Lo and Amber Oland, who made a cameo in the field late in the game.

Oland also saw a quarter and a half of action in the cage to complete her eventful Senior Night, making six saves and allowing just one goal. Sophomore Kate Baldoni got the starting call Friday night and made eight saves before Oland took over to start the second half, then fellow senior Kim Hall made a pair of saves in the final four minutes.

The top-ranked Cardinal (7-0, 23-0) opens the MPSF tournament against Arizona State next Friday at San Jose State.

Men's volleyball

Sean Kemper, a 6-foot-7 middle blocker from Torrey Pines High School in Encinitas, Calif., signed a letter of intent with Stanford, completing a three-player recruiting class for next fall.

Kemper was named to the All-America team at the U.S. Junior Boys' National Championships last summer after his Seaside club captured the 17-and-under open title.

"Sean will add tremendous depth to our talented group of middle blockers," Stanford coach John Kosty said. "He is a natural middle blocker and we are excited about Sean joining our team next season."

Kemper had 22 kills and 12 blocks in a match Tuesday for Torrey Pines, the school that produced current Stanford setter Evan Barry, as well as Cardinal and NFL football great John Lynch.

Baseball

Stanford was victimized by UCLA pitcher Trevor Bauer, who tied his career-high with 17 strikeouts in the Bruins' 4-1 victory Friday night.

The Cardinal (18-13, 4-7 Pac-10) can still win the series with a victory Saturday. Stanford hosts the Bruins at 1 p.m.

Stanford starter Jordan Pries (4-4) struck out a season-best seven for the third time this season. He allowed four runs on 10 hits over six innings.

Stanford loaded the bases in the third, and scored its only run of the game after Stephen Piscotty swung and missed and the ball squirted away from catcher Steve Rodriguez, allowing Lonnie Kauppila, the lone Cardinal not to strike out, to score from third to make it 1-0.

Track and field

Stanford's James Jones went 21-3 1/4 to win the men's open long jump at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Berkeley on Friday.

Stanford grad Nick Welihozkiy placed second in the men's hammer throw, recording a heave of 224-1.

Cardinal Kenny Krotzer ran fifth in the open 1,500, racing a 3:53.20. Teammate Ryan Valdes finished right behind in 3:53.32. Travis Edwards was eighth in 3:53.82.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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