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Ragira gets five hits, Stanford baseball wins on walkoff error

 

Brian Ragira collected five hits and drove in two runs but the Stanford baseball team needed a two-out fielding miscue in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat visiting Washington, 8-7, in a Pac-10 game Saturday.

Stephen Piscotty and Kenny Diekroeger each added three hits for the Cardinal (8-9, 24-16), which will go for the series sweep Sunday at noon.

Zach Jones doubled leading off the ninth and advanced to third on Tyler Gaffney's flyout. Piscotty was intentionally walked, Diekroeger struck out and Ragira was intentionally walked to load the bases.

On an 0-2 delivery, Dave Giuliani hit a routine grounder that was mishandled, allowing Jones to score the winning run.

Chris Reed (3-2), who blew a 7-3 lead in the eighth, got the win. He allowed a leadoff single in the ninth and was able to get the next three outs.

Danny Sandbrink threw seven strong innings before handing to ball over to Reed. He gave up six hits and recorded six strikeouts.

The 20 hits recorded by the Cardinal was a season-high.

Women's golf

Stanford's finished seventh at the NCAA Central Regional on Saturday and earned a berth at the NCAA Championship, which begins May 17 at Traditions Golf Club in College Station, Texas.

The Cardinal shot a final round 300 on the Warren Golf Course in South Bend to finish one stroke ahead of Wake Forest.

UCLA won the team title with a score of 890 while UCLA's Stephanie Kono and LSU's Meghan McChrystal tied for the individual title, each at 218.

Sally Watson and Marissa Mar paced Stanford over the final round. Watson shot a 73 to finish tied for 14th. Mar recorded a final round of two-over 74.

Softball

Stanford lost to host Oregon, 2-0, in a Pac-10 contest Saturday despite two hits each from Sarah Hassman and Ashley Hansen.

The 10th-ranked Cardinal (9-8, 37-12) hopes to earn a series victory when it meets the No. 12 Ducks (8-9, 36-13) in the series finale Sunday at noon in Eugene.

Senior Ashley Chinn (16-4) pitched well enough to win, giving up two runs on seven hits. She struck out three.

Men's crew

Stanford's I Eight and II Eight boats each finished second in their respective races Saturday at the Windermere Cup in Seattle.

The Cardinal I Eight finished its Windermere Cup race with a time of 5:55.7, behind Washington and ahead of third-place Cambridge (UK) University, which traveled from England to take part in the event.

"Stanford represented extremely well today in front of thousands of crew enthusiasts in Seattle," Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian said. "In the Windermere Cup the Stanford varsity eight raced fierce against top-ranked Washington and sat five seconds down at the halfway point. Our men fought and finished strong behind the Huskies but ahead of the crew from Cambridge."

Washington's top time was 5:43.2 while Cambridge crossed the line third with a time of 6:02.5.

The Stanford II Eight raced for the Erickson Cascade Cup Saturday, finishing second to Washington in a four-boat race that also included Oregon State and Canada's University of Victoria.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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