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Bonstrom continues offensive explosion in Stanford split


Kayla Bonstrom hit a home run, Hanna Winter drove in two runs and Kylie Sorenson had two hits but the Stanford softball team dropped a 9-4 decision to visiting Minnesota as part of the Stanford Louisville Slugger Classic on Sunday.

Bonstrom followed that with a double, two RBI and three hits in Stanford's 5-3 win over Santa Clara in the nightcap.

Kayla Bonstrom
The Cardinal (14-14) opens Pac-12 play on March 21 at Oregon State.

The 17th-ranked Golden Gophers have flourished under fifth-year coach Jessica Allister, a former Stanford All-American and assistant coach. Minnesota opened the season ranked 15th and won 14 of its first 15 games before losing three straight.

Sunday's win was Minnesota's 1,200th in program history and the 160th under Allister.

Sara Groenewegen (11-2) led the nation in strikeouts (11.6) per seven innings last year, and after striking out 10 Cardinal hitters is on the same pace this year with 133 strikeouts in 80 innings.

Bonstrom hit her seventh homer of the year, her 10th double and drove in her 27th run, all team highs. She also leads the Cardinal with a .477 average.

Jessica Plaza and Winter each had two hits against the Broncos.

Haley Snyder (8-7) took a one-hit shutout into the seventh and settled for a three-hit complete game victory.


Texas took a 7-0 lead Sunday en route to a 12-4 win and a split of the four-game series with host Stanford. The Longhorns pounded 15 hits and were aided by nine walks from Cardinal pitchers.

Stanford (9-8) struggled to find the zone early, as Texas plated five runs in the first inning on just two hits. Starter Griffin Weir (1-1), who took the loss, lasted two outs, while walking four and allowing a single.

Freshman Mikey Diekroeger enters Stanford's 12-day break for final exams as the team's leading hitter after a 1-for-4 outing.

He tripled to right center in the sixth to push his hitting streak to seven games and overall batting average to .381. Diekroeger is hitting .500 (12-24) with three doubles, two triples, a homer and eight RBI during the streak.

The short-handed Cardinal did not use any of its three regular weekend starters against Texas. Stanford was also missing regular contributors Drew Jackson, Zach Hoffpauir, Jesse Kuet and Matt Decker due to injuries.

Tommy Edman started the scoring for Stanford with his team-leading seventh double of the season. He drove home Quinn Brodey, who had walked, and came around to score after an errant pickoff throw moved him to third and Jonny Locher grounded out for an RBI.

Stanford hosts Arizona at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond March 20-22.


Freshman Kelly Myers set a school record with 10 draw controls, helping No. 11 Stanford to a 22-11 nonconference women's lacrosse victory over Vanderbilt on Sunday, indoors at Vanderbilt's Multipurpose Facility.

Myers, who had six coming into the game, broke the 2013 mark set by Megan Lerner against San Diego State. It also helped the Cardinal (4-0) to a dominant 28-7 advantage in draws.

A full replay of the match can be viewed here.

Offensively, Lucy Dikeou scored six goals, and Kelsey Murray had four goals and three assists. The six goals were a collegiate career high for Dikeou, a junior, and place her in a tie for second in Stanford history in goals in a game.

Murray, a sophomore, extended her goal-scoring streak to six games and her points streak to 18. She leads the team in goals (15) and points (24).

"I'm very excited about a great team win," Stanford coach Amy Bokker said.

Draw controls were a point of emphasis for Stanford, which had lost those battles in a pair of 12-10 victories over ranked opponents, Notre Dame and Ohio State. In contrast, Vanderbilt entered the game fourth in the nation in draws per game.

Bokker not only was impressed with Myers' performance, but fellow freshman Maggie Nick had five herself. Bokker also pointed out that Mackenzie Tesei did an outstanding job of boxing out to help teammates earn those possessions.

Stanford scored the game's first four goals and never trailed. Vanderbilt (3-3) three times closed to within one, the latest at 8-7 with 10:51 left in the first half. However, Murray sparked a 4-0 Stanford run during a five-minute span to give the Cardinal some cushion. Stanford later went on a 10-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Myers joined teammates Elizabeth Cusick, Rachel Ozer, Alexandra Crerend, and Kyle Fraser with two goals apiece. The Cardinal also outshot the Commodores, 39-17.

Stanford returns to action on March 24 with a road game at No. 9 Penn State, followed by a March 27 contest at Harvard. The Cardinal returns home March 31 against Cornell.

Men's gymnastics

Robert Neff won the all-around title and No. 3 Stanford won a nonconference meet over host Illinois-Chicago and Arizona State on Sunday.

The Cardinal (9-2) recorded 424.800 points to the Flames' 408.250. The Sun Devils accumulated 397.300 points.

It was Stanford's final meet before the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championships, which are scheduled to begin March 28 at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Neff won the floor exercise with a score of 15.200 and finished second to teammate Brandon Beckhardt on the parallel bars. Neff also finished second to Cardinal Ryan Sheppard on the horizontal bars.

Michael Levy also won an event for the Cardinal, recording a 14.950 on the still rings.

Sand volleyball

Stanford completed play at the NorCal Invitational on Sunday, as three pairs reached the semifinals at Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium.

Stanford's No. 1 pair, senior Lauren Birks and junior Brittany Howard, reached the semifinals of the 1s&2s bracket before falling to Santa Clara's Sabrina Clayton and Danielle Rottman, 21-16, 21-19.

Also reaching the semifinals in the 5s&6s bracket were freshmen Petra Grutzik and Catherine Raquel, the Cardinal's No. 5 pair, and rookies Sarah Benjamin and Karina Robinson.

Pacific's Lexi Elman and Kat Schulz defeated Clayton and Rottman in the finals of the 1s&2s bracket, 21-16, 21-18.

In the 3s&4s bracket, Mary Hernandez and Alexis Salmons of Saint Mary's defeated Pacific's Mia Feiner and Gillian Howard, 21-12, 22-24, 15-12.

Pacific's Taylor Poncetta and Andie Shelton capped off the tournament with a 21-18, 21-13 win over Santa Clara's Kaity Edwards and Mary Shepherd in the 5s&6s championships.

Stanford will take a three-week break before taking on San Jose State on Wednesday, April 1. Action will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium.


Stanford led from start to finish to win the Long Beach Gold Invitational on Sunday.

The Cardinal won five of the 13 races and finished third or better 11 times. An 11th place finish in the 10th race was the lone bump, allowing the Channel Island Dolphins to make it closer than it needed to be.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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