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Dries named MPSF water polo Player of the Year

Chinn throws a five-inning two-hitter in Stanford softball win

Sophomore two-meter Annika Dries was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Water Polo Player of the Year on Tuesday, one of six Stanford players honored on the all-MPSF teams.

Dries, who was also named to the first team, ranks third in the MPSF with 2.23 goals per game, and tops the Cardinal with 58 goals. She also joins Ellen Estes (1998) and Brenda Villa (2001, 2003) in earning Stanford's fourth conference player of the year honor.

Junior Melissa Seidemann joined Dries on the All-MPSF First Team. For Seidemann, who is second on the squad with 44 goals and ninth in the MPSF with 1.69 goals per game, the announcement marks the third straight year that she has earned All-MPSF recognition.

Senior goalie Amber Oland, third in the conference with a 4.98 goals-against average and boasting 7.71 saves per game, was named to the second team, the third time overall that she has been recognized. Oland, along with sophomore goalie Kate Baldoni, forms the top goalkeeping tandem in the nation, as the Cardinal boasts an MPSF-best GAA of 4.73.

Drivers Kim Krueger, a Menlo School grad, and Alyssa Lo both received honorable mention. Krueger matched her career best with 30 goals and Lo's 38 is also a career best.

Freshman Kaley Dodson earned a spot on the MPSF's All-Newcomer Team. She has 26 goals on the year.

Softball

Ashley Chinn recorded her fifth shutout of the season and Stanford beat visiting Santa Clara, 12-0, in five innings Tuesday in a nonconference contest.

The 10th-ranked Cardinal (36-11), travels to Eugene for a three-game Pac-10 series with Oregon, which begins Friday, tied the single-season steals (82) record when Jenna Rich and Jenna Becerra each stole a base.

Chinn (16-3) allowed two hits and struck out four batters as her teammates gave her a 3-0 lead in the first inning.

Sophomore Alix Van Zandt hit a two-run double and freshman Danielle Miller also drove in a run.

Sarah Hassman had four hits and scored four runs, Ashley Hansen had three hits and drove in three runs and Rich hit a home run.

Baseball

Brian Ragira hit a sacrifice fly and scored on a wild pitch to help Stanford beat host San Jose State, 3-1, in a nonconference game Tuesday night.

Tyler Gaffney also drove in a run and Austin Wilson added two hits for the Cardinal (22-16), which hosts Washington at 6 p.m. Friday in the first game of a three-game Pac-10 series.

Dean McArdle (6-2) gave up an unearned run on three hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work. He walked one and struck out four.

Danny Diekroeger drew a walk to set the stage for Gaffney's RBI single.

A.J. Vanegas went 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Chris Reed recorded the final six outs, four by strikeouts, for his fifth save.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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