Plaza homers, drives in four in Cardinal softball victory

Jessica Plaza homered and drove in four runs as the Stanford softball team beat Seattle, 10-1, Sunday as part of the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

Bessie Noll also homered and Cassandra Roulund collected four hits for the Cardinal (6-0), which is off to it best start since winning its first 15 in 2008.

Bessie Noll hit a home run in Stanford's 10-1 win over Seattle on Sunday. Photo by Norbert von der Groeben/
Stanford hosts Cal Poly at 2:30 p.m. Friday as part of the Stanford Nike Invitational. The Cardinal also plays Bradley.

Hannah Winter had two hits and drove in two, while Leah White also had two hits.

Carley Hoover, Madi Schreyer and Nyree White combined on the four-hitter, with Schreyer getting credit for her fourth win of the year.

The Cardinal outscored its opponents, 60-6, in the tournament.


Stanford set a school record for dual wins, winning twice on Sunday to improve to 17-4.

The Cardinal defeated South Dakota State, 20-14, and host Cal Poly, 24-9.

No. 18 Jim Wilson (165 pounds) became the third Cardinal freshman to reach the 30-win plateau, joining David Lee (37) and Matt Gentry (35).

Wilson registered a 6-2 decision over South Dakota State's Joe Brewster and a 6-2 decision over Cal Poly's Travis Berridge to move to 30-5 overall, 18-1 in duals.

Redshirt senior Ryan Mango improved to 24-3 on the year and 18-1 in duals after winning twice on the day.

Mango recorded a decisive 13-2 major decision over South Dakota State's Isaac Andrade and edged No. 17 Devon Lotito of Cal Poly, 4-3.

Senior 174-pounder Kyle Meyer also tallied two wins on the day, moving to 23-10 overall and 14-4 in duals.

Meyer recorded a 4-3 come-from-behind decision over South Dakota State's John Nethring II, and then received a win by forfeit against Cal Poly.

Sophomore Thomas Kimbrell (184 pounds), senior Dan Scherer (197 pounds) and sophomore Evan Silver (125 pounds) all notched wins against the Jackrabbits.

Also collecting wins for the Cardinal against Cal Poly were senior Donovan Halpin (149 pounds), redshirt freshman Peter Galli (157 pounds), redshirt freshman Zach Nevills (184 pounds) and senior Alan Yen (285 pounds).

Stanford travels to Northwestern for its final dual meet of the season, taking on the Wildcats next Sunday.

Men's tennis

Stanford and No. 2 UCLA were locked in a 1-1 tie before rain forced the cancellation of Sunday's match at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

What figured to be a challenging homestand against two of the nation's elite programs instead resulted in a pair of cancellations. Stanford's contest against No. 3 USC on Friday was also washed away by rain.

Originally scheduled to start at noon, Sunday's match against UCLA (5-0) was delayed two hours before the rain subsided and courts became playable.

Despite the layoff, Stanford (3-1) came out strong and captured the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. Daniel Ho and Robert Stineman prevailed 6-5 (7-2) on court two, winning their first match as a doubles team.

The upset-minded Cardinal continued its momentum in singles play, winning first sets on four of six courts.

UCLA evened the match at 1-1 following Mackenzie McDonald's 6-4, 6-1 triumph at the No. 3 position.

Stanford was leading on courts five and six when the rain returned at 4:15 p.m. When both schools could not agree to continue playing indoors, the match was cancelled. Only individual results from the completed matches count toward players' records.

Stanford is back in action on Saturday, Feb. 22, hosting California at 1 p.m.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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