Ex-Cardinal Phelps joins the Cleveland Indians


Former Stanford infielder Cord Phelps, a former third-round pick, will become Stanford's 87th Major League player after being called up by the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

Phelps was hitting .299 with 40 RBI and 31 runs over 53 games at Triple-A Columbus, after batting .317 in Columbus last year and .296 at Double-A Akron. In 338 career minor league games, Phelps hit .288 with 193 runs and 169 RBI.

In his first full minor league season in 2009 for Single-A Kinston, Phelps hit .261 but had 93 walks over 130 games with 72 runs and 27 doubles.

A third round pick in 2008, Phelps hit .307 in three seasons at Stanford with 115 runs and 91 career RBI, finishing his career sixth all-time for a single season with 76 runs during his .351 College World Series season in 2008.

Stanford has had a Major League player in each of the past 54 seasons. Currently, Stanford has eight in the majors with Phelps.

More on Phelps here and here

Directors' Cup

Stanford again finds itself in the top spot with 1387.50 total points. The Cardinal won the women's water polo crown and turned in additional results of second in women's tennis, fifth in men's tennis, ninth in women's lacrosse and 23rd in women's golf.

In second place with 1122.30 points is Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished first in men's volleyball, third in men's tennis and 21st in women's golf.

North Carolina has moved into third with 1070.25 points. The Tar Heels garnered finishes of third in women's lacrosse, fifth in women's tennis, eighth in women's golf, ninth in men's lacrosse and 17th in men's tennis.

Duke sits in fourth with 991.50 points as a result of finishing third in both women's and men's lacrosse, fifth in women's tennis, ninth in men's tennis and 25th in women's golf.

Rounding out the top five with is Penn State. The Nittany Lions increased their point total to 889.05 after finishing third in men's volleyball.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's.

Coaching news

Mike Ferolino, a PE teacher at JLS Middle School and the Gunn boys' frosh-soph basketball coach from 2005-09, has been named head coach of the Gunn boys' varsity basketball team.

Ferolino replaces nine-year veteran Chris Redfield, who will remain at Gunn as a full-time math teacher. The Titans won the 2009 SCVAL De Anza Division title under Redfield.

Gunn Athletic Director Chris Horpel also has elevated Leslie Conover to head coach of the Titans' softball team. Conover was the junior varsity coach last season. Maria Powell took over head-coaching duties last season after Stephanie Swinford was dismissed the final week of the regular season.

Horpel reportedly is on the verge of hiring a new boys' soccer coach and baseball coach.

Women's crew

Stanford, which placed second at the NCAA Championships two weeks ago, had four rowers named to the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA) Pocock All-America Teams.

Seniors Elle Logan and Erika Roddy, along with sophomore Anna Dawson, were named to the first team, while senior Grace Luczak was selected to the second team. All rowers were part of Stanford's I Eight, which won the NCAA bronze medal.

Logan, an Olympic gold medalist, earned her fourth first-team All-America selection. She was also named the Pac-10 Women's Rowing Athlete of the Year.

Luczak and Roddy were named All-American for a third time and Dawson earned her first selection.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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