Mark Appel did not disappoint the largest crowd of the season Friday night, pitching a six-hitter over eight innings as the Stanford baseball team downed visiting Washington, 6-2, in a Pac-10 conference game.
The Cardinal (7-9, 23-16) continues the series with a 2 p.m. contest Saturday against the Huskies.
Appel struck out a career-high nine batters, allowing two runs, one earned, as Stanford drew 3,202 fans on Fireworks Night.
Chris Reed stranded two runners in recording the final three outs for his sixth save of the season.
Tyler Gaffney collected three hits, including an RBI triple, while Kenny Diekroeger, who was named one of the quarterfinalists for the Brooks Wallace Award, had two hits, including a two-run double.
Brett Michael Doran, in his first career start, doubled in his third collegiate plate appearance. Jake Stewart missed his second game after having an appendectomy earlier in the week.
Michelle Prong hit a two-run home run, Jenna Becerra also drove in a run and Teagan Gerhart took care of the rest as Stanford beat host Oregon, 4-1, in a Pac-10 game Friday night.
The Cardinal (9-7, 37-11) overcame rainy conditions that forced a delay of nearly two hours to beat the Ducks as Gerhart (21-8) allowed a run on three hits while walking two and striking out 14.
Ashley Hansen added three hits for Stanford, which meets Oregon again Saturday at 1 p.m.
Rebecca Durham shot a second-round 73 to move into an eighth-place tie among individual leaders following the second round of the NCAA Central Regional in South Bend on Friday.
Minnesota shot the best round of the day as a team, at 9-over 297, to move into second place behind leader UCLA. Stanford is in sixth, 16 strokes off the pace, with a score of 608.
The Stanford Cardinal men's lacrosse team is one of four teams set to compete for the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League championship this weekend at Novato High School.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (5-0), UC Davis (4-2), and California join Stanford (4-2) in the WCLL "Final Four."
The Division II Final Four will be contested among St. Mary's (5-0), UC Santa Cruz (5-1), San Jose State (4-2) and Nevada (3-2).
Third-seeded Stanford meets fourth-seeded UC Davis at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Action begins at 9 a.m.
The WCLL championship is scheduled for 11a.m. Sunday and the Division II championship will be held at 2:30 p.m.
The winner of each division earns an automatic bid in the National Sweet Sixteen Men's College Lacrosse Association (MCLA) in Denver, May 17-21.
Admission for the event is $10 per day, $5 per day students with ID. Children 5 and under are free. Parking is free, though ice chests and outside food are not allowed.
Stanford will participate in one of the biggest days of racing in the U.S. on Saturday as it takes on No. 1 Washington as well as the top boat from Cambridge University at the Windermere Cup in Seattle.
"We are honored to be part of Opening Day," Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian said. "Our men will have a lifetime experience being a part of this unique event, and we are thankful for the support from the University of Washington and Windermere Real Estate."
The I Eight will race top-ranked Washington and Cambridge Saturday in the Windermere Cup Race as part of historic Opening Day in Seattle. Expected to draw in excess of 100,000 people, the race is scheduled to get underway at 11:45 a.m.
Stanford's II Eight will also race against its opposite numbers from Washington and Oregon State Saturday.
"This week we are looking to improve as we work for more speed. The Pac-10 Championships are a week from Sunday so the time is now for the men."
Cambridge is fresh off the boat race vs. Oxford on the Thames River in London, one of the world's most watched sporting events.
Four freshmen and one sophomore make up the All-Pacific Coast Collegiate Sailing Conference team for Stanford, in a season that saw the Cardinal return to the national championships and sweep through the PCCSC this spring.
Eliza Richartz joins the all-conference team for the second consecutive year as an all-PCCSC women's skipper, joining freshmen Molly McKinney and Sally Mace on the women's side. The coed all-PCCSC skippers include freshmen Kevin Laube and Mateo Vargas.