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Indiana spoils Stanford's baseball season opener

 

Stanford opened its baseball season with a 4-2 loss to visiting Indiana, the team it eliminated in last year's NCAA Bloomington Regional, on Friday.

Cardinal starter Cal Quantrill struck out six and walked one in 5 2/3 innings, giving up a run on six hits. He pitched his way out of a bases-loaded situation in the fourth and did not figure in the decision.

Stanford and Indiana go out again Saturday in a 6 p.m. start. Sunday's game time has been changed to noon.

The Hoosiers scored in the second to take the early lead. Stanford evened the score in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Alex Dunlap and freshman furstbaseman Matt Winaker.

Quantrill left with two outs in the sixth. Logan James finished the inning and got two quick outs in the seventh before walking a batter ahead of a two-run homer by Casey Rodrigue put Indiana in the lead to stay.

James did not allow a home run in 61 innings pitched last year.

Stanford rallied with two outs in the ninth, getting consecutive singles from Dunlap, Winaker and pinch hitter Quinn Brody to close the gap before the game ended.

Drew Jackson, Winaker and Dunlap each produced a pair of hits for the Cardinal.

Zach Hoffpauir tripled in his first at bat of the season, reminiscent of the 3-run homer he hit in last year's first at bat. Hoffpauir went on to hit .324 with seven homers and 35 RBI.

Softball

Stanford split its first two games at the Stanford Invitational, beating Cal Poly, 10-2, early and losing to No. 3 Alabama, 15-6, late.

Stanford (5-3) meets Alabama again Saturday at 12:30 p.m., followed by a game against Pacific at 5:30 p.m.

Lauren Bertoy singled home pinch runner Alyssa Lomardo in the bottom of the fifth to end the Cardinal's win over the Mustangs.

Stanford scored nine times in the second inning to set up the mercy-rule victory. The Cardinal scored eight runs with two outs. Bertoy, Jessica Plaza and Kylie Sorenson each drove in two runs.

Against the Crimson Tide, the Cardinal tied the game at 6 after four innings, but was then steamrolled the rest of the way.

Kylie Sorsenson hit a home run and drove in three runs for Stanford while Plaza doubled twice. Hanna Winter added three hits and Tylyn Wells had two hits.

Track and field

Jessica Tonn used a big kick on the final turn to win the women's invitational 5,000-meter race at the Husky Classic on Friday at University of Washington and remained undefeated against collegiate competition during the indoor track and field season.

Tonn ran 15:47.65 on the 307-meter flat Dempsey Indoor track to make her the No. 4 performer on Stanford's all-time indoor list, moving ahead of three-time NCAA outdoor 5K champ Lauren Fleshman.

The victory kept continued an outstanding season for the fifth-year senior, who set personal bests in the mile and 3,000 in her first two races.

Stanford sent its runners to the Husky Classic and field-event athletes to the Don Kirby Elite Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in an effort to secure qualifying marks for the NCAA Indoor Championships on March 13-14 in Fayetteville, Ark. The top 16 marks in the country through March 1 earn passage to nationals.

Tonn's 5,000 time placed her at No. 5 in the country. She already has the No. 2 mark in the 3,000. In the same race. Tonn was among a five-runner pack on the final lap led by Arkansas' Diane Robison. Sandie Raines of Texas moved into the lead on the backstretch, but Tonn patiently waited for the right moment and pushed hard to win going away.

Stanford sophomore Vanessa Fraser ran a personal best – including indoors and outdoors – of 16:20.30 to place 13th. Fraser stayed patient early in the race as teammate Rebecca Mehra took pacesetting duties, but moved up consistently throughout the race.

In the men's 5,000 invitational, Stanford's Erik Olson was sixth in a fast race that featured 13 runners under 14 minutes. Olson, a fifth-year senior, ran 13:45.25 and sophomore teammate Jack Keelan set a personal best of 13:54.26 to finish 10th.

Wrestling

Stanford dropped a 30-6 nonconference decision to host No. 10 Nebraska on Friday.

Redshirt sophomore Jim Wilson, ranked 14th in the nation at 165 pounds, beat Nebraska's Austin Wilson, 6-3, to put the Cardinal (11-3) on the scoreboard.

Wilson is 27-4 for Stanford and has won 19 of his past 20 matches.

Redshirt freshman Connor Schram also won for the Cardinal to improve to 17-1 on the year.

Stanford completes the regular season at South Dakota State on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Men's volleyball

Stanford dropped a 25-15, 25-23, 25-11 decision to host UC Irvine in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday.

The Cardinal (2-6 MPSF, 3-9 overall) look to rebound against host UC Santa Diego on Saturday.

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