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Stanford records big lacrosse road victory at Ohio State

 

Kelsey Murray scored five goals and the No. 15 Stanford lacrosse team beat host No. 10 Ohio State, 12-10, in a nonconference match played indoors on Saturday.

Murray recorded five goals in a game for the second time in three matches as the Cardinal (3-0) beat its second straight top 15 team.

Murray became the first Stanford player since 2010 to score five goals in multiple games in the same season.

Stanford held Katie Chase, the nation's leading scorer entering the week with 18 goals, to one goal and two assists.

Last week, in beating the Irish, the Cardinal held All-American Cortney Fortunato, another of the nation's top goal creators, scoreless.

Stanford trailed the Buckeyes (4-1) briefly at 2-1, but Murray sparked the Cardinal to a 4-0 run over a span of 11 minutes to take a 5-2 lead.

Ohio State caught Stanford with 10:37 left in the first half to tie it, 6-6, but a pair of free-position goals by Rachel Ozer and Lucy Dikeou broke the deadlock. C

hase cut the deficit, but Murray scored consecutive goals to give Stanford a cushion and added another with 8:17 left for a 12-8 lead.

Stanford now leads the all-time series, 8-4, with five victories in the past six seasons. The Cardinal is 3-0 all-time in Columbus.

Dikeou scored two goals and controlled three draws. She has scored 28 goals in her past 11 games.

Stanford freshman Kelly Myers had four draw controls, including one in the final minute after the Buckeyes drew within the final margin.

Freshman goalie Allie DaCar recorded a career-high nine saves as Stanford faced 26 shots, to improve her record to 3-0.

Stanford returns to action Sunday, March 8, at Vanderbilt and eventually returns home March 31 against Cornell.

Baseball

Brett Hanewich made sure Stanford went back to its hotel happy Saturday.

The sophomore threw seven superb innings to salvage a doubleheader split against Rice at Reckling Park.

The Cardinal never trailed en route to a 3-1 win after dropping the first game of the twin bill, 11-6.

Hanewich (1-0) forced Rice into 14 groundball outs, while allowing one unearned run on three hits, striking out one and walking three.

The righthander got into trouble when two of the first three Owls reached, but settled in to retire 16 of the next 19 hitters.

"I was able to locate my fastball for the most part and later in the game," Hanewich said. "Probably around the third, I figured out more of my off-speed pitches and locating them is the key to success at any level."

Sophomore Tommy Edman and freshman Matt Winaker each picked up multiple hits in both ends of the doubleheader.

Winaker drove home Edman with singles to right field in both the first and fourth innings. Alex Dunlap had Stanford's other RBI on a groundout.

"I was just seeing the ball really well today," Edman said after getting five hits on the day. "I made a couple adjustments this morning during batting practice and it turned out to be really good."

Stanford's (6-5) bats went quite after the fourth. Freshman Mikey Diekroeger's leadoff triple in the eighth was the Cardinal's only hit after Stanford's third run crossed the plate, as three Rice relievers combined to go 8 2/3 innings allowing one unearned run on three hits.

In the opener, the Owls scored nine runs over their last four innings at the plate to pull away from Stanford. Rice tallied 14 hits, including 10 from the fifth inning on, to Stanford's nine.

Stanford jumped to a 5-0 lead before Rice stormed back. The Owls scored two in the second inning, thanks in part to a Cardinal error, and four more in the fifth before Stanford would strike again.

Edman, who went 3-4 with two runs batted in, did all he could to keep Stanford in the game. He swung momentum back to the Stanford side with a two-out single to drive in Matt Decker in the sixth, after singling and scoring in the first inning and driving in a run with a base hit up the middle in the second.

Winaker had two hits for Stanford, while classmate Jesse Kuet added an RBI double. Decker and Edman both scored two runs.

Rice's only run came on a two-out error on Edman, which allowed the Owls to score a run without benefit of a hit.

"We came out well and played some good defense for the most part," Edman said. "Awesome job by Brett Hanewich pumping strikes and attacking their hitters and giving us seven strong. That's huge for a four-game series to really save some pitching and Logan James did a good job of coming in and shutting the door."

James struck out five batters over the final two innings to earn his second save.

Stanford and Rice meet in the series finale Sunday at noon.

Men's gymnastics

No. 4 Stanford scored a season-high 443.250 to claim the Collegiate Challenge title on Saturday evening at Burnham Pavilion.

Minnesota placed second with a 431.650, followed by California in third at 430.200.

The high-energy meet also featured appearances by national teams from Canada (429.650) and Japan (445.250).

Seniors Brian Knott, Michael Levy and Sean Senters were honored in a ceremony prior to the meet.

Men's volleyball

In the midst of a brutal homestand against some of the top teams in the country, Saturday night's match was all about opportunity for Stanford, especially for Matt Aiello and Sean Kemper.

Both are seniors. Neither had started as collegians.

That changed during the Cardinal's 25-21, 25-16, 25-17 victory over Holy Names in a nonconference match at Maples Pavilion.

Recruited as middles, Aiello started as a hitter and Kemper as the setter. Together, they helped lead Stanford (6-11) to its first sweep of the season. The timing was perfect for a confidence booster after a loss to No. 5 Pepperdine on Friday and with No. 4 BYU coming for a pair next weekend.

Aiello, who had never been credited with a kill in his collegiate career, had six against Holy Names (1-8). Kemper, who switched positions last fall, had his first assists – 36 of them.

"Sean is absolutely one of my favorite people at Stanford," Aiello said. "We've grown to be close friends over these four years. It was awesome playing with him tonight. Sean understands me pretty well and knew the right things to say to me to keep me calm and focused during the match and made sure I didn't get in my own head. He made tonight possible for me and the rest of the team."

After the match, coach John Kosty looked over the scoresheet and immediately took notice of the team's sideout percentage of 76 percent, its' highest of the season, and a reflection on Kemper's play.

"I was really happy with how Sean played," Kosty said. "Out of necessity, we moved him into the setting position. He deserved the start tonight and played really well. He ran a really nice offense and gave his hitters a lot of good swings."

It wasn't perfect. A time or two, he set too high for middle Kevin Rakestraw, quite a feat when passing to a 7-footer. But the hitting percentage of .325 was strong and the offense even, with Daniel Tublin and Clay Jones belting 10 kills apiece, and Rakestraw had a career-high eight.

Aiello, by any measure, has had a sterling Stanford career. He was a local star at San Jose's Bellarmine College Prep, leading the Bells to the Central Coast Section Division I championship and being named Santa Clara County Player of the Year. At Stanford, he has been part of some exceptional teams, including last year's NCAA finalist.

Off the court, he is majoring in English literature honors and carries a 3.89 cumulative grade-point average. In the fall of 2013, he attended Oxford University and did a tutorial in Anglo-Saxon and medieval literature.

Aiello won the Elite 89 Award for having the highest GPA at last year's final four and applied for a Rhodes Scholarship last fall. He was selected as one of 14 finalists in his district, but ultimately was not selected after a long interview process. However, Aiello has applied to Oxford for a master's program in medieval studies.

Though Aiello has not played often – his 2015 season consisted of serving in two sets against Hope International – his dedication to the volleyball program had not gone unnoticed.

"All four years, he's worked his butt off," Kosty said. "Everybody has their ups and downs in their careers from injuries and other things. He's persevered and done a tremendous job in his role that he's embraced. It was great to see him out on the court doing all the things that he does in practice."

Aiello also had two service aces, which helped offset some early hitting errors.

"I was very excited to start tonight," Aiello said. "I was definitely nervous for the majority of the match, but after a while, I hit my stride. I think the practice hours were worth it, but as much as I tried to tell myself 'It's just like practice,' to calm myself down, it felt entirely different and the pressure to preform was definitely on."

Kosty said of Stanford's starting lineup, which included Rakestraw, Jones, and regular starters Daniel Tublin and Conrad Kaminski: "The team we put out there tonight is the team that continually beats our first team in practice. When I put that team out I had full confidence that they could do the job."

Kosty was right. Aiello and Kemper finally got their opportunity, and they made the most of it.

Men's tennis

Despite hanging tough in two weekend matches, Stanford came up empty on its Southern California road swing, falling 5-2 to No. 21 UCLA on Saturday.

The Cardinal (6-4), which fell 6-1 at No. 1 USC Friday, has dropped back-to-back matches after winning five in a row.

After UCLA (7-5) captured the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, Stanford evened the match following John Morrissey's 6-3, 6-1 victory over Dennis Mkrtchian at the No. 2 spot.

The Bruins then rattled off three straight victories, with Martin Redlicki's 7-6 (7), 6-3 triumph over David Wilczynski on court three providing the clincher.

Stanford collected another point thanks to Nolan Paige's 6-3, 6-7 (6), 1-0 (7) victory over Austin Rapp at the No. 5 spot.

The Cardinal shifts its focus away from dual match play next weekend, participating in the Pacific Coast doubles event in La Jolla.

Softball

Sophomore Kiley Sorensen pitched her way out of a jam in the seventh and then made sure she avoided another one in the eighth, hitting a three-run homer, as part of a six-run uprising, in the top of the eighth as Stanford beat host Long Beach State, 11-5, in the second game of its appearance in the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Classic on Saturday.

The Cardinal (11-10) lost, 11-7, to Northwestern earlier in the day.

Nine Cardinal players recorded at least one hit on the day, led by Erin Ashby, who went 4-for-8 and drove in eight runs, scored twice and hit a home run.

Shortstop Kaitlin Schaberg made a series of quality plays at shortstop, while Tylyn Wells, who had three hits against Long Beach State, and Cassandra Roulund made spectacular catches in the outfield, crashing into fences, to help Stanford beat the 49ers.

Freshman Victoria Molina made her second start at catcher and hit her second home run on the season.

Stanford plays Weber State at 10 a.m. Sunday, the last day of the tournament.

-- Stanford media relations assistant David Kiefer, a graduate of Mountain View's St. Francis High, contributed the men's volleyball piece.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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