The Stanford women's golf team will be chasing the title at the Peg Barnard Invitational, which got underway Saturday under pristine conditions at Stanford Golf Course.
UC Davis leads the field at 1-under. Stanford and San Jose State, both at 9-over, will be chasing the Aggies along with second-place Oregon (+8).
UC Davis' Paige Lee is the clubhouse leader at 5-under. A three-way tied for second includes Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse, who led the Cardinal with a 2-under at the par-71 track.
Stackhouse, the event's winner in 2013 with a record-setting final round of 61, was steady throughout her bogey-free, two-birdie outing.
Also in the top-10 for Stanford was Lauren Kim. Kim birdied holes one and seven with bogeys on the fifth and 10th.
Casey Danielson and Calli Ringsby are tied for 28th at 5-over. Quirinne Eijkenboom sits at 6-over and Mariko Tumangan finished 13-over.
Three individual wins from freshman Simone Manuel was not enough, as No. 3 California spoiled the No. 2 Stanford women's swimming and diving team's Valentine's Day, 158-142. Manuel won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard freestyles in the meet featuring numerous NCAA title contenders.
"While I'm disappointed we didn't get the win, today was exactly why college athletics are so awesome," said head coach Greg Meehan. "Two of the best teams in the country from amazing academic institutions battling it out back-and-forth all day. Specifically, I thought we raced well and at the same time had some areas where we could have been better. At the end of the day, those experiences will help us be more prepared for Pac-12's and NCAA's."
Stanford (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) held a 104-103 advantage but a 1-2-3 finish for Cal in the 200 IM sealed the win for the Bears with one event left. The Cardinal also pulled ahead at 47-46. Cal never led by more than 12 (43-31) between the second and 15th events.
Junior human biology major Sarah Haase (100 breaststroke), senior management science and engineering major Katie Olsen (200 breaststroke) and sophomore Kassidy Cook (1-meter diving) also picked up individual wins for the Cardinal.
Stanford shined in the breaststrokes, going 1-2-3 in the 100 and 1-2 in the 200. Haase, Olsen and freshman Heidi Poppe were the top three in the 100. Olsen and Haase were in front of Cal's Marina Garcia Urzainqui in the longer version.
Cal (8-1, 7-0 Pac-12) was led by freshman Cierra Runge and junior Elizabeth Pelton, who each won two races. Runge took the 500- and 1,000-yard freestyles, while Pelton was first in the 100 back and outraced teammates Missy Franklin and Celina Li in the 200-yard IM.
The two teams look to be among the top of the NCAA Championships March 19-21 in Greensboro, N.C. Last season, Stanford won the dual with the Bears and finished second at the NCAA meet, one spot ahead of Cal.
No. 10 Stanford posted its first shutout of the season on Saturday afternoon, blanking No. 46 Harvard 7-0 at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
The Cardinal (5-0) continues to navigate through its challenging nonconference schedule, which has featured five opponents ranked No. 54 or higher and a sixth, No. 11 Vanderbilt, visiting The Farm on Sunday.
Playing with the traditional dual match rules format in effect, Stanford quickly locked up the doubles point with 8-2 victories at the Nos. 1 and 3 spots.
Carol Zhao and Ellen Tsay followed with straight-set victories, putting Stanford in firm control with a 3-0 lead.
The clincher came from Taylor Davidson, who defeated Annika Ringblom 6-1, 7-5. Davidson was playing her first match of the season at the No. 3 position.
Caroline Doyle, Krista Hardebeck and Lindsey Kostas all contributed victories to round out the match.
Harvard (4-2) saw its three-match winning streak come to an end.
Stanford will face its toughest opponent to date on Sunday, hosting Vanderbilt (4-3) at 10 a.m. PT.
Women's water polo
It was another dominating afternoon in the pool for No. 1 Stanford at the Fresno Pacific Mini Tournament on Saturday.
The Cardinal made the trip south and nabbed a pair of victories over No. 12 San Diego State, 18-6, and the host Sunbirds, 20-1.
Ashley Grossman poured in a season-high six goals, Kiley Neushul added four in the win over the Aztecs.
Gurpreet Sohi led Stanford with four goals in the win over Fresno Pacific.
Rachel Johnson and Maggie Steffens each added three and Shannon Cleary scored twice to lead the Cardinal (8-0) to its fifth double-digit margin of victory.
For the second straight night a late Stanford rally came up short, as the Cardinal fell to Indiana, 4-3, in 10 innings Saturday. The Hoosiers scored two in the top of the 10th after a pair of Stanford errors, before a caught stealing of the potential tying run ended the game in the bottom half.
Stanford (0-2) used four pitchers and allowed just one earned run, but the Hoosiers scored three times via four Cardinal errors, including three by the pitchers.
Freshman Quinn Brodey (0-1), who was 2-for-4 at the plate and worked out of a jam in relief in the ninth, took the loss. He committed two throwing errors on Indiana sac bunt attempts in the 10th that led to two runs.
Brodey starred at the plate and stood at second base in the bottom of the ninth as the winning run after a swinging bunt put him aboard.
A strikeout by sophomore Jack Klein and roller to the mound by sophomore Tommy Edman ended the threat against Indiana's Thomas Belcher. Edman joined Brodey with two hits, both doubles. Stanford outhit the Hoosiers, 8-6.
Belcher (1-0) went 3.0 innings and allowed two hits and no runs to earn the win. Ryan Halsted (2) came in for his second shaky save in as many days.
Freshman Matt Winaker started the 10th-inning rally with two outs by singling through the right side. After a wild pitch moved him to second, he came around to score when sophomore Alex Dunlap's grounder to short rolled under the glove of Nick Ramos. Pinch runner Jonny Locher was thrown out attempting to steal second on a 2-0 pitch to Brodey.
Stanford's only lead came at 1-0 in the second inning when freshman Mikey Diekroeger, a Menlo School grad, delivered an RBI double down the left field line in his first collegiate at-bat.
It was the 218th time in the last 219 games Mark Marquess had written a Diekroeger in the starting lineup after brothers Kenny and Danny played at Stanford.
Indiana answered with single tallies in the third and fourth. The Cardinal tied up the game 2-2 in the fifth on one of Edman's doubles to left center.
Marc Brakeman gave Stanford six strong innings as the Saturday starter.
He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and struck out six while walking two. Brett Hanewich went 2 1/3 innings as the first out of the bullpen, allowing no runs on one hit, before giving way to Brodey with a runner on third and one out in the ninth.
The newcomer kept Indiana scoreless with a fly out to right and a ground out to second with a walk sandwiched between the outs.
Behind junior Madison Hayden's 21 kills, Stanford snapped a five-match losing skid by defeating host UC San Diego, 25-23, 22-25, 25-13, 25-18, Saturday.
The Cardinal moves to 4-9 overall and 3-6 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Tritons drop to 1-12 and 0-9 in the conference.
Hayden finished 21-6-47 to hit .319, while also tallying six digs, five blocks and two aces. Junior middle blocker Conrad Kaminski added 12 kills on a .550 attack percentage, while Spencer Haly finished with eight kills and seven blocks.
Freshman setter Kyle Dagostino controlled the offense, which hit 281 as a team, totaling 47 assists and 12 digs for a double-double. Freshman libero Evan Enriques finished with a match-high 14 digs. Junior Alex Stephanus also got in on the action, recording nine kills and four digs.
Stanford came out on fire, hitting .519 in the opening set. The Cardinal registered 16 kills while committing just two errors. After a hard fought second set which went to the Tritons, Stanford led the entire third set. The Cardinal finished off UCSD with 18 kills in the fourth set and a sideout percentage of 83.
Ivana Hong scored 9.975 on the uneven bars, Stanford's second-highest score overall this season, to win the event during the women's gymnastics dual against UCLA on Saturday at Maples Pavilion.
However, the No. 13 Cardinal fell to No. 10 UCLA, 197.075-196.225, in Pac-12 action, despite Stanford's season-high on floor, in the final rotation.
Taylor Rice and Haley Spector each scored 9.925 on floor, and Pauline Hanset scored 9.90 to allow Stanford (4-5-1) to score 49.400 on the apparatus, shattering its' previous best of 49.125, against San Jose State on Jan. 12. All five scorers were at 9.825 or above.
Hong, a bronze medalist on beam for the U.S. at the 2009 world championships, was given a 10.0 by one judge and a 9.95 by the other on bars in securing her collegiate career best score in any event. Stanford also got a 9.925 from Samantha Shapiro to help the Cardinal score 49.425 in that event.
Stanford fell behind on the first rotation, 49.125-48.875, despite a 9.90 by Taylor Rice on vault. The Cardinal was unable to catch up after that, though it narrowed the gap somewhat on floor.
Stanford fell to host South Dakota State, 17-15, Saturday, at Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D. The Cardinal closes out its dual season 11-4 overall, while the Jackrabbits move to 11-7.
Redshirt junior Evan Silver started things off for Stanford with a 4-3 decision over Isaac Andrade at 125 pounds. Silver improved to 14-8 overall.
The Jackrabbits took a 14-3 lead before the Cardinal began shaving the lead down.
Stanford's Jim Wilson ended the Jackrabbits' run with an 8-2 decision over John Nething II at 165 pounds. He recorded three takedowns, an escape and had accrued 1:30 of riding time to secure the win. Wilson, who is ranked 14th nationally, improved to a team-best 28-4 on the season, including 12-1 in duals.
Redshirt freshman Keaton Subjeck cut the SDSU lead to 14-9 with a 7-1 decision over David Kocer at 174 pounds.
Redshirt sophomore Zach Nevills made it a two-point SDSU lead with a 6-1 decision over Brady Ayers at 184 pounds.
A 4-3 decision by SDSU's Nate Rotert over redshirt freshman Garet Krohn put the Jackrabbits back on top 17-12 with one match remaining.
Heavyweight Josh Marchok closed out the dual with a 6-4 sudden victory decision over J.J. Everard, but it wouldn't be enough for the Cardinal to capture the dual win.