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Stanford makes a big splash at MPSF water polo tournament

Gerhart drives in winning run for Cardinal softball

Amber Oland and Kate Baldoni combined to make 16 saves, Annika Dries scored three goals and the top-ranked Stanford women's water polo team beat Arizona State, 15-6, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at San Jose State on Friday.

The Cardinal (24-0) meets a familiar opponent, fourth-seeded UCLA, in Saturday's semifinal game at 1:30 p.m.

Victoria Kennedy, Alyssa Lo and Melissa Seidemann each added two goals as Stanford netted 10 unanswered goals to erase an early 2-1 deficit.

"It was not a real emotional game. It was a matter of us putting away some of our opportunities in the first so we could get off to that comfortable lead," Stanford coach John Tanner said. "We were pretty sloppy, especially in the second half. Our 6-on-5 and 5-on-6 were pretty good. Those are important elements to carry forward."

The Bruins beat USC, 12-10, as Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark scored four goals and Menlo School grad Megan Burmeister added one.

Host San Jose State upset third-seeded Hawaii, 11-9, as Sacred Heart Prep grad Adriana Vogt scored five goals for the Spartans.

"We played four quarters of defense," Vogt said. "We'd score a goal, get a stop, score a goal and get a stop. Then that gap came in the third quarter and we were up by three and the defense kept playing. They tried to get back in it, but not with our defensive play."

The Spartans meet second-seeded California in the semifinals.

Softball

Teagan Gerhart made sure the game didn't get into extra innings. The sophomore pitcher hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh and 13th-ranked Stanford defeated visiting Washington, 2-1, Friday, in a Pac-10 Conference game.

The Cardinal (7-6, 34-10) and 11th-ranked Huskies play again Saturday at 1 p.m.

Gerhart (19-8) went the distance for the win. She finished with four strikeouts, giving up one run, unearned, on four hits.

Gerhart also scored Stanford's first run. She reached on a fielder's choice, recorded her 22nd stolen base of the season and made it home safely on Corey Hanewich's single.

Pinch hitter Alix Van Zandt was hit by a pitch to lead off the seventh. Maya Burns followed with a double, setting up Gerhart's game-winner.

Men's golf

Stanford seniors Graham Brockington and Steve Ziegler each shot rounds of 69 and 70 Friday on the first day of the Pac-10 championships at Stanford Golf Course.

Brockington and Ziegler are tied for fourth while the Cardinal, which shot a 712 as a team, is in third place, three stokes behind leader USC.

Gunn grad Martin Trainer, who plays for USC, is tied for the individual lead after recording consecutive rounds of 68.

Trainer sandwiched 16 straight pars in between birdies on holes No. 1 and 18 for an opening-round 68. After making the turn at even par on his afternoon round, he picked up three birdies and one bogey on the backside to mirror his first-round score.

Brockington used six birdies to offset six bogeys on his morning card and finished his first 18 holes at even par 70. He birdied the par-3 17th hole on his second round to get into red numbers, finishing with a 69.

Ziegler bounced back from a double-bogey 6 on the par 4 fifth hole in his morning round with birdies on holes 8, 9, 14 and 17 to finish with a first-round 69. He birdied the par-5 16th hole to get back to even par on his afternoon round.

Stanford sophomore Andrew Yun had rounds of 72 and 70 and is tied for 14th place at 142. His morning round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 16th hole and was 1-under on his afternoon round before suffering a bogey on his final hole.

Tennis

Stanford junior Bradley Klahn downed USC's Raymond Sarmiento, 6-3, 6-3, Friday at the Pac-10 Championships in Ojai.

Stanford had three women's players qualify for the semifinals as Stacey Tan, Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn each won their quarterfinal matches. Mallory Burdette dropped a three-set match to top-seeded Maria Sanchez of USC.

Hilary Barte, Stanford's No.1 player, took the week off to prepare for the NCAA tournament, which begins May 19 at Stanford.

In doubles, Klahn and Ryan Thacher will battle Daniel Ho and Walker Kehrer on Saturday in an all-Stanford semifinal.

Ahn and Gibbs remain active in the doubles tournament.

Baseball

Zach Jones and Austin Wilson each hit a home run in the ninth inning, producing five runs, but it wasn't enough as Stanford fell to host Arizona State, 12-10, Friday in the opener of a three-game Pac-10 series.

The ninth-ranked Sun Devils scored nine runs in their final two at bats to erase a deficit and send the Cardinal (5-8, 20-15) to its second straight defeat.

Stanford faced a 12-5 deficit entering the ninth, but Wilson hit a two-run bomb and Jones added a three-run blast to make it close.

Stephen Piscotty had three hits and drove in two runs, Lonnie Kauppila had three hits and an RBI and Brian Ragira added a pair of hits and drove in a run.

Women's lacrosse

Sixth-ranked Stanford beat California, 20-11, Friday in the semifinals of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament at St. Mary's in Moraga.

The Cardinal (15-2) will meet Oregon in Sunday's 1 p.m. championship match with an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament at stake. Stanford has won six straight conference tournament titles.

Karen Nesbitt and Emilie Boeri each scored three times to lead Stanford, while Catherine Swanson, Anna Boeri, Lauren Schmidt, Sarah Flynn, Rachel Ozer and Anna Kim each scored twice.

"I thought we played really well on offense," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said. "We still have some things to work on going forward, but it was a good result."

After California scored two early goals, the Cardinal recorded 13 straight and took a 13-3 lead into the intermission.

Oregon (8-8) knocked off Denver, 7-4, to reach the title match. Stanford beat the Ducks, 18-13, during the regular season.

Football

Stanford received a verbal commitment from defensive tackle Aziz Shittu of Buhach Colony High in Atwater.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound lineman, who informed Stanford of his decision on Friday, is rated seventh in the nation at his position.

Stanford nose tackle Sione Fua was the last player taken on Day 2 of the NFL draft, going to the Carolina Panthers with the 97th pick overall, a supplemental pick taken at the end of the third round.



— Palo Alto Online Sports

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