Ashby helps Cardinal power past Central Arkansas, 7-3

Erin Ashby hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the sixth inning to help the Stanford softball team down Central Arkansas, 7-3, at the Under Armour Invitational in Tampa on Friday.

Maddie Schreyer threw a two-hitter over six innings for the Cardinal. Kaylie Sorenson pitched the seventh.

Stanford lost its second game of the day, 3-2, to South Florida.

Schreyer (12-3) gave up two runs -- one earned -- on two hits. She struck out six and walked two. She did not allow an earned run against South Florida, allowing five hits over six innings.

Kayla Bonstrom's two-out single, her third of four hits in the game, sparked the rally. Cassandra Roulund walked and Ashby hit the first pitch she saw over the left field fence.

Stanford added four runs in the seventh, with Bessie Noll, Bonstrom and Roulund driving in runs.

Bonstrom and Sorenson each drove in a run against South Florida. Hannah White had two hits.

Schreyer lowered her ERA to 1.53 and has 66 strikeouts in 86 12/3 innings.

Stanford takes on Georgia State and Central Connecticut State on Saturday.


Austin Slater had two of Stanford's four hits in Friday's 4-1 loss to host No. 8 Vanderbilt in a nonconference contest, denying Cardinal coach Mark Marquess of his 1,500th career win.

Brett Hanwich (0-1) allowed four runs -- three earned -- on six hits over five innings for the Cardinal (4-5), which plays Vanderbilt again Saturday at noon. Hanewich walked two and struck out five.

Former Stanford closer A.J. Vanegas made his debut with a scoreless inning. He struck out one.

Women's lacrosse

Stanford senior attack Rachel Ozer and sophomore midfielder Lucy Dikeou were named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the most prestigious annual honor in collegiate women's lacrosse.

Ozer and Dikeous were among 51 women on the list (there also is a men's award), which is presented by Panama Jack.

Other players will have a chance to play their way on. The lists will be expanded on March 20 and April 10.

The number will be cut to 25 on April 24. Five finalists will be announced on May 8 and invited to the awards ceremony May 29 in Washington, D.C.

The addition of Dikeou brings the number of Stanford players on the list to eight since 2006.

Track and field

Stanford junior Joe Rosa did not win the 5,000 meters at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation indoor track and field championships, but he broke the existing meet record in a runner-up finish.

Rosa caught Arizona's seven-time NCAA champion Lawi Lalang with two laps to go, only for the Kenyan to pull away on the final lap. However, Rosa shattered his personal record by 12 seconds, running 13:44.85, to move up to No. 8 on Stanford's all-time indoor list.

Both Rosa and Lalang, who won in 13:41.58, broke the meet record of 13:45.54 set by Stanford Olympian Ian Dobson in 2005.

"I don't think everything's clicked like this since I was in high school," said Rosa, a junior from West Windsor, N.J. "I knew I would do something big here."

Rosa missed about three weeks of consistent of training beginning in late January because of a shin problem, but fought through an uncomfortable personal record of 13:56.76 in his return race Feb. 14 at the Husky Classic, on the same 307-meter Dempsey Indoor track, and became convinced of bigger things.

"Coach (Chris) Miltenberg and I talked about it," Rosa said of the Husky Classic race. "I knew I wasn't going to feel good. It was more about trying to be tough. That's what this team prides itself on. If you push through the races when you don't feel 100 percent, imagine what can happen when you do."

That's what happened Friday. Rosa was under no illusions about winning with Lalang, the reigning NCAA outdoor 5,000 champ among a myriad of other honors and titles, also in the race.

"My goal was to get second," Rosa said.

At the first mile, Rosa was somewhere beyond 10th place. But at two miles, Rosa had pulled within 20 meters of leaders Lalang and Morgan Pearson of Colorado.

With two laps to go, Rosa passed Pearson and caught Lalang. That's when "Lawi saw me and took off," Rosa said.

Now, Rosa moves to No. 14 on the national season list and is in position to advance to the NCAA indoor championships March 14-15 in Albuquerque, N.M. Those in the top 16 at the end of competition on Saturday earn NCAA berths.

Despite his seemingly precarious position, Rosa is confident he can maintain his spot. There's one runner in the Big Ten whom Rosa expects to move into the top 16. Otherwise, it will take an underdog running on his own, and very fast, to knock him out.

And, Rosa added, "they won't have the perfect rabbit," a task Lalang unknowingly filled wonderfully.

An addendum to Joe's performance is the revelation that the Rosa twins have been on the national running scene this academic year. Jim was fifth in the NCAA cross country championships and the top American-born finisher in the race. And now a breakthrough from Joe.

"It's not really that we've changed anything in our workouts," Joe Rosa said. "It's the overall discipline of our team as a whole. It's leaps and bounds better than last year. Coach Miltenberg has really got us dedicated. We're so disciplined and focused in everything we're doing."

Rosa's performance was the biggest highlight for Stanford on the first day of the MPSF meet, though personal records were achieved by Thomas Graham in the men's 5,000 (seventh, 14:06.79) and Megan Lacy in the women's 5,000 (fifth, 16:35.21).

Ellie McCardwell achieved a season best in the women's pole vault, finishing eighth at 12-11 ¾, and freshman Dylan Duvio was fifth in the men's pole vault at 16-10 ¾.

The Cardinal men are fifth with 17 points and the women are 12th with 8 ½, but with big scoring opportunities Saturday.

Men's volleyball

No. 8 Stanford dropped a 27-25, 23-25, 18-25, 23-25 decision at No. 5 Long Beach State at Walter Pyramid. The Cardinal fell to 9-7 overall and to 6-7 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the 49ers moved to 10-4 on the year and 9-4 in the conference.

In another defensive battle, Stanford posted 63 digs as a team, the second-most this season. Redshirt junior libero Grant Delgado, seniors Brian Cook and Steven Irvin and sophomore James Shaw all tallied 13 digs for Stanford. However, the Cardinal was outhit .284 to .253 and trailed in the block column 12.0 to 8.5. Stanford was also hurt by 17 service errors to just nine by the 49ers.

Long Beach State senior Taylor Crabb led all players with 22 kills on a .379 attack percentage. He finished with 22 kills and no errors on 58 swings. No other 49er player registered double-digit kills. Senior middle blocker Jeff Ornee tallied a match-best eight blocks.

Cook led the Cardinal with 21 kills, while Irvin and senior opposite Eric Mochalski added 14 each. Sophomore middle Conrad Kaminski finished with 10 kills on a career high .833 attack percentage. That mark ties Mochalski's rally-scoring era school record for hitting percentage set in 2012.

Shaw racked up 56 assists, the second-most by the sophomore this season. He also recorded four kills and three blocks for the Cardinal. As a team, Stanford finished with a season-best 65 assists.

Stanford closes out the week at Cal State Northridge on Saturday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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