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Bonstrom powers Stanford softball past Weber State

 

Kayla Bonstrom hit two home runs and Stanford generated 10 hits to power past Weber State, 12-4, in five innings Sunday at the Long Beach Louisville Slugger Classic.

The Cardinal (12-10) finished the tournament with a 3-2 record, boosted by an offense that hit .327, with 37 RBI and 11 extra-base hits.

Erin Ashby paced the Cardinal going 8-for-15 (.533) with 10 RBI, three runs, a home run and a double.

Hanna Winter hit .500 (7-for-14), while Bonstrom provided a wealth of power, going 9-for-19 (.474) with two home runs, five RBIs, seven runs and an .842 slugging percentage.

Madi Schreyer, Haley Snyder and Sorenson each won a game as a pitcher. The trio combined for a 3.18 ERA over the weekend.

"We're starting to find ourselves and our best style of play," Stanford coach Rachel Hanson said. "We really saw that in our past two games. We're playing a lot more loose and free. We're enjoying playing the game and not getting so worried about the possibility of making mistakes. As we play more confidently and together, we'll continue to see good things happen."

Bonstrom got things going against Weber State with a home run in the first inning. It was her fourth of the season, one more than she had all of last year.

Bonstrom collected three hits and drove in four runs, while Winter produced two hits against the Wildcats.

Schreyer (4-3) allowed three earned runs on eight hits, with a walk and one strikeout in the five-inning complete game.

"Madi's been pitching better and better and this was a good way for her to end a great weekend," said Hanson.

The Cardinal broke the game open in the fifth, scoring five runs on five hits and an error. Bonstrom singled home a run and scored on Jessica Plaza's triple. Cassandra Roulund and Kaitlin Schaberg also drove in runs.

Stanford plays at UC Davis on Wednesday at 3 p.m. before hosting Minnesota and Santa Clara in the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic.

Wrestling

Jim Wilson and Nathan Butler won individual titles as the Stanford wrestling team finished third overall with 100 points, Sunday, at the Pac-12 Championships at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon.

Host Oregon State (139.5) won its fourth straight team title, while Arizona State (107.0) took second.

Stanford secured four spots in the finals, including defending Pac-12 champions Evan Silver (125 pounds) and Wilson (165 pounds). Wrestling in their first conference tournament, redshirt freshmen Connor Schram (133 pounds) and Butler (285 pounds) also reached the finals.

Wilson had a bye in the first round and advanced to the championship with a 9-3 decision against Arizona State's Jacen Petersen in the semifinals. Wilson will take on Oregon State's Seth Thomas, who upset third-seeded Adam Fierro (CSU Bakersfield) and second-seed Chris Castillo (Boise State).

Wilson became just the sixth two-time conference champion in program history after Thomas medically forfeited the finals.

Wilson moves to 30-4 on the year and has also automatically qualified for the NCAA championships, March 19-21 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Butler dominated Cal Poly's Nick Johnson, 10-2, in the semifinals to meet Arizona State's Chace Eskam in the finals.

In the championship match, Butler took a 1-0 lead into the third period and managed a takedown with less than 30 seconds left while also tacking on riding time for a 4-1 decision over Eskam.

Butler, who is just the fourth Cardinal freshman to win a conference title, moves to 28-7 on the year and automatically qualifies for the NCAA championships.

Silver earned his spot in the finals with a 12-3 major decision over Yoshi Funakoshi of Cal Poly and an injury default by Boise State's Carson Kuhn. The redshirt junior improves to 16-8 overall on the year and is looking to qualify for nationals for the third consecutive year. He will take on Oregon State's Ronnie Bresser in the finals.

Silver came up short at winning his second straight conference title. He dropped a 6-3 decision to Bresser in the championship. He then fell 6-3 to Arizona State's Ares Carpio in a true second place match, missing out on one of the conference's automatic qualifying spots for NCAAs.

Schram, who earned a bye in the opening round, posted a 6-3 decision over CSU Bakersfield's Ian Nickell at 133 pounds. The redshirt freshman, who is now 18-2 overall, will face Oregon State's Jack Hathaway in the championship.

In the finals, Schram fell to Hathaway 4-0. There was no score after the first and then Hathaway rode Schram out in the second. He registered an escape in the third and a late takedown to secure the win for the Beavers. Schram's second-place finish secures him an automatic qualifying spot for the NCAA Championships.

Stanford's Garrett Schaner and Zach Nevills finished in third place at 149 and 184 pounds, respectively. After Schaner dropped a 4-2 decision to eventual champion Christian Pagdilao of Arizona State, he secured a 7-4 decision over Boise State's Jake Velarde and a 9-6 decision against Coleman Hammond of CSU Bakersfield to claim third.

Schaner then found himself wrestling Oregon State's Abraham Rodriguez in a true second place match that went down to the wire, but Schaner pulled out the 8-7 decision and a spot in the NCAA finals. The fifth-year senior will be making his first appearance in the national tournament.

Nevills fell 6-2 to Arizona State's Blake Stauffer, the eventual champion, in the semifinals.

In the consolation semifinals, Nevills posted a 6-2 decision over Austin Dewey of Boise State. He then came out with a 3-2 overtime decision against CSU Bakerfield's Season Pollock to take third.

Nevills also wrestled in a true second place against Oregon State's Taylor Meeks. Mekks came away with true second victory, 5-0, over Nevills.

Redshirt freshman Keaton Subjeck (174 pounds) and true freshman Mason Pengilly (141 pounds) finished fifth for the Cardinal, while Maxwell Hvolbek (157 pounds) and Garet Krohn (197 pounds) took sixth. Hvolbek was injured in his semifinal match and medically forfeited.

Women's tennis

No. 8 California edged No. 7 Stanford 4-3 on Sunday afternoon in the latest chapter of the Big Slam at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Stanford (7-2) entered the match having won nine of the last 11 meetings, but California (7-2) had a little more firepower this time around. Sunday's contest, which was televised on Pac-12 Networks, goes in the books as a nonconference dual as only the April 18 rematch in Berkeley counts in the Pac-12 standings.

The Golden Bears captured the doubles point to grab a 1-0 lead, collecting the clincher on court three where Lynn Chi and Karla Popovic defeated Krista Hardebeck and Lindsey Kostas.

Ellen Tsay's 6-1, 6-1 victory over Popovic at the No. 5 position evened the match at 1-1, but California proceeded to pick up two more victories at the Nos. 2 and 4 spots. Klara Fabikova's 6-1, 6-4 win over Taylor Davidson on court two was especially rare, with Davidson falling for the first time in eight dual matches.

Leading 3-1, Carol Zhao kept Stanford within striking distance following a 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory over Maegan Manasse at the top spot of the lineup. It was a battle of two of the nation's top-four players, with Manasse ranked No. 2 and Zhao No. 4.

The Golden Bears clinched the match at the No. 6 spot, where Cecilia Estlander outlasted Kostas 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Caroline Doyle's 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-2 win over Denise Starr at No. 2 accounted for Stanford's third point.

The Cardinal hosts Colorado on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Baseball

Austin Orewiler shut down Stanford bats for 6 2/3 innings and the Owls broke out for 12 runs on 15 hits to beat the Cardinal, 12-1, Sunday at Reckling Park. Stanford and Rice split a four-game series over three days.

"I thought we had three really good games," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "We didn't give them much competition today. They hammered us pretty good. But the first three games were really good and we won two close games."

Rice (8-5) showed off its impressive lineup Sunday, increasing its team batting average to .326. The Owls, who beat Pac-12 foe Arizona in two of three games last weekend, entered the weekend as a consensus top-25 team.

The series will help Stanford's strength of schedule and, eventually, its RPI rating, which is a major component of NCAA postseason selection.

"That's why we play them," said Marquess. "They have an experienced team with a lot of juniors and seniors. A very good offensive team and their pitching is always sound, really strong."

Stanford (6-6) scored its only run in the third inning when Alex Dunlap sent a gap shot to right center for an RBI double, driving in Matt Winaker, who had walked.

Stanford plays at San Jose State on Tuesday.

Men's golf

Viraat Badhwar's 4-under 67 paced Stanford during the first of three rounds at the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, as the smooth-swinging sophomore is tied for second among individuals. Badhwar is three shots behind South Florida's Rigel Fernandez (-7) and tied with three other competitors.

Stanford's 2-under 282 put the squad in third along with Washington. South Florida (-8) and Florida State (-9) lead the 14-team field.

Badhwar was the only Cardinal in the red at the par-71 course, and went bogey-free during his impressive round. Badhwar carded back-to-back birdies on holes six and seven, adding two more birdies on 13 and 16.

Tied for 18th is David Boote, who was even-par at 71. Boote had birdies on four, five and 18, with one-shot setbacks on six, 14 and 16.

All five of Stanford's golfers finished in the top-50, including Franklin Huang (72), Jeffrey Swegle (72) and Maverick McNealy (74). Huang had six birdies and was 3-under on the back.

McNealy, who started his round on the sixth hole, notched a team-best seven birdies, though suffered a 10 on the par-5 fourth. He was 4-under with five birdies on the back nine.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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