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Cardinal suffers san extra-inning loss at home to the Trojans

 

USC scored three times in the top of the 10th inning and beat host Stanford, 6-3, in a Pac-12 baseball game on Sunday.

The Cardinal (1-2, 8-10) rallied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but stranded two runners. Brant Whiting reached safely on an error and Danny Diekroeger singled him to third.


Freshman starter Chris Viall allowed a run on one hit over six solid innings. He walked one and struck out five. He took a no-hitter into the sixth before allowing a home run.

Freshman Alex Dunlap gave the Cardinal a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning with his two-run double. Stanford added another run in the second, but failed to close the game.

Stanford travels to St. Mary's for a nonconference game on Tuesday before hosting Oregon in a three-game set beginning Friday at 6 p.m.

Fencing

Stanford's Alex Massialas finished third in men's foil at the NCAA fencing championships Sunday in Columbus, Ohio.

Stanford finished ninth in the team race.

David Willette of Penn State, who knocked off Massialas in the semifinals of the national championships on Sunday, and NCAA titlist Gerek Meinhardt are both coached by Greg Massialas, Alex's father, a three-time Olympian and one of the top fencing coaches in the nation.

In two years at Stanford, Alex Massialas has won more than 100 matches. He won 54-of-60 this season, including winning every match at the NCAA West Regional and winning 20-of-24 at the national championships.

"You get kids on the team sometimes that are in the middle of the pack. Somebody like Alex, he comes in already baked. He really already is a champion before he gets there," Stanford coach Lisa Milgram said. "His squad is better because of him."

Women's water polo

No. 3 Stanford scored five quick goals and led from start to finish Sunday, beating host UC San Diego, 21-7, in a nonconference game.

The Tritons scored late in the first period and the Cardinal (14-1) answered with five more goals.

Stanford was led by Maggie Steffens' four goals. The sophomore driver, who is a member of the U.S. National Team and led all players with 21 goals at the 2012 London Games, was a force at the two-meter line all day.

Stanford's defense, which gives up 5.93 goals per contest, was led by a trio of goalkeepers in the cage as Gabby Stone, Emily Dorst and Julia Hermann made it tough on the Triton shooters.

Women's tennis

No. 4 Stanford beat host Utah, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon, improving to 10-0 on the season, 2-0 in the Pac-12.

The Cardinal captured the doubles point with victories on courts one and two.

After Taylor Davidson and Kristie Ahn put Stanford up 3-0, Caroline Doyle provided the clincher with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph on court six.

Stanford plays at Colorado on Monday morning.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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