Stanford baseball's freshman class is ranked No. 8 in nation


Stanford's 2014-15 recruiting class, which began its first day of college classes on Monday, has been ranked No. 8 in the country according to Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. The Cardinal came in as the top group among Pac-12 programs.

Stanford signed 10 players to National Letters of Intent in November, four of which were later selected in June's MLB First-Year Player Draft. All four signees who were selected by Major League clubs -- Quinn Brodey (37th round, Washington), Bryce Carter (40th, San Diego), John Henry Styles (36th, Washington) and Keith Weisenberg (38th, Toronto) -- opted to not sign professional contracts.

Athletes who initially signed letters of intent with a school, but then signed a pro contract after being drafted, do not count in the overall evaluation by Collegiate Baseball.

Oregon State was second in the Pac-12 with a 12th-place showing, while UCLA (17th), Oregon (19th), Arizona State (27th), Arizona (28th) and California (39th) made the top 40. Louisiana State, Wichita State and Florida made up the top three.

Stanford's recruits:

Beau Branton • INF • Honolulu, Hawaii (Punahou School)

Quinn Brodey • LHP • Los Angeles (Loyola)

Bryce Carter • C • Tulsa, Okla. (Cascia Hall Prep)

Mikey Diekroeger • INF • Woodside (Menlo)

Colton Hock • RHP • Bloomsburg, Pa. (Bloomsburg)

Jesse Kuet • INF • Huntington Beach (Huntington Beach)

John Henry Styles • LHP • Houston, Texas (Epsicopal)

Andrew Summerville • LHP • Seattle, Wash. (Lakeside)

Keith Weisenberg • RHP • Seminole, Fla. (Osceola)

Matthew Winaker • 1B/OF • Danville (San Ramon Valley)

Women's soccer

Stanford sophomore outside back Stephanie Amack has been named women's soccer Defender of the Week by the Pac-12 Conference on Monday for her performances in two shutout victories.

Amack, a Pleasanton native who attended Dougherty Valley High, helped Stanford to its eighth and ninth consecutive shutouts, with victories over Santa Clara (3-0) and Cal Poly (2-0). Stanford is the only team in the country that is unscored upon and the Cardinal extended its shutout streak to a school-record 852 minutes, 12 seconds, dating back to last season.

Amack also was a force offensively, with forays up the left flank and into the penalty area on set pieces. She headed in a goal and assisted on another against Santa Clara, helping the Cardinal to its 10th consecutive victory in the South Bay series.

Amack was a starting outside back on the U.S. team that competed at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Canada in August. She has outstanding skills, is strong in the air, and has great fitness. She has been vital to Stanford's offense as well as defense. Also, Amack carries a 3.42 cumulative grade-point average.

She follows Kendall Romine as back-to-back Pac-12 Defenders of the Week for the No. 4 Cardinal (8-0-1), which opens Pac-12 Conference play at Utah on Friday (2 p.m. PT) in a match televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

— Stanford Athletics

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