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Diekroeger HR; Hochstatter, Vanegas combine on 3-hitter

 

Danny Diekroeger hit a solo home run and John Hochstatter and A.J. Vanegas combined on a three-hitter as the Stanford baseball team beat visiting Arizona State, 1-0, in a Pac-12 contest Saturday.

Hochstatter (5-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and allowed three hits overall in his 7 2/3 innings as the Cardinal (6-9 Pac-12, 15-17 overall) took the series from the Sun Devils.

Vanegas worked the final 1 1/3 innings to record his fourth save. The game ended on a double play.

"It's exciting for the team to take home a series win," Hochstatter said. "I couldn't have done it without my defense and the rest of the guys out there."

Stanford, which won its fourth in five games, travels to Santa Clara for a nonconference affair at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The Cardinal played in its fourth consecutive one-run game and its 12th of the season. Stanford is 7-5 in those games.

Diekroeger belted a 1-2 pitch from Darin Gillies over the right field fence, his first home run of the season, for the only run of the game. Gillies allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four in his first career complete game.

Hochstatter allowed a single and double with one out in the sixth but was able to get out of the jam when Cardinal third baseman Alex Blandino threw a runner out at the plate and the next batter lined out to shortstop.

Vanegas took over with two outs in the eighth, following a Sun Devil hit. He got the final out on a popup after facing a 3-1 count.

With one out in the ninth, Vanegas walked a batter on four pitches but then induced a double play ball to shortstop Drew Jackson.

Hochstatter retired the first 11 batters he faced before walking two straight. He lowered his ERA to 2.18 with the outing. Hochstatter has given up eight earned runs on 22 hits in 33 innings this year.

Vanegas, in his 10th appearance covering 18 1/2 innings, has yet to allow an earned run. Stanford's team ERA is 3.27.

Men's tennis

John Morrissey won a three-set match at the top of the singles ladder to clinch Stanford's 4-2 victory over host California in the Pac-12 Conference regular-season finale.

The Bears won the doubles point and took the first set in two of the singles matches. Senior Daniel Ho also recovered from his first set loss to win at No. 2 singles.

Only Nolan Paige managed to avoid going three sets, though he came close, winning at the No. 4 spot, 7-5, 7-5.

Robert Stineman's three-set win at No. 5 put Stanford ahead, 3-2, setting up Morrissey for the clinching point.

The Cardinal (5-2 Pac-12, 14-4 overall) finished third in the conference, while California (4-3, 14-6) finished fourth.

Stanford opens at the Pac-12 championships at the Ojai Valley Athletic Center on Wednesday.

Women's tennis

No. 5 Stanford fell to visiting No. 10 California, 6-1, in the regular-season finale on Saturday.

California (18-4, 10-0 Pac-12) claimed its first Pac-12 title in school history, resulting in the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. The Bears stretched their win streak to 12 straight.

Saturday's match represented a rare home loss for Stanford (16-2, 8-2 Pac-12), which saw an opponent celebrate on its home court for only the fifth time in 15 years. For the first time since the 1987 campaign, Stanford has lost two matches at home.

However, the loss is hardly damaging for Stanford, which already had defeated California (5-2) in Berkeley back on March 8. The defending NCAA champion Cardinal, which will likely enter the postseason as a top-eight overall seed, also boasts quality wins against Texas, Rice, Florida and Arizona State.

Stanford finished in a second-place tie with UCLA. The Pac-12 tournament starts Thursday in Ojai.

Cal won the doubles point, but Kristie Ahn beat her fifth different Cal player at the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 6-2, to tie the match.

The Cardinal won its first set on three other courts before Cal rallied.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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