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McNealy wins The Goodwin, Stanford finishes third

 

Portola Valley resident Maverick McNealy overcame a three-shot deficit to chase down UAB's Will Cannon and earn medalist honors at The Goodwin at Stanford Golf Course on Saturday.

The season's fourth win for McNealy came with scores of 67-64-66 (197) to finish at 13-under, one shot shy of matching 2014 winner Patrick Rodgers' tournament-record 196.

McNealy's win was the latest of Stanford's 15 individual titles at the event.

McNealy and Cannon signed identical 197 scorecards, with McNealy taking the top honor in a scorecard playoff. McNealy became the first collegiate golfer to reach four individual victories on the season.

In McNealy's three rounds, the sophomore totaled 20 birdies, one eagle, five bogeys and a quadruple bogey.

McNealy got his hands on the trophy with a big-time finish on the 18th. His second shot came to rest a few dozen yards beyond the green and the ensuing chip landed on the back fringe. He calmly sank a 17-foot putt for par which stood to help earn the win.

"Maverick continues to lead us with an amazing win on his home course," Stanford coach Conrad Ray said. "It was something special."

UAB and SMU tied for top honors, but the Blazers found the edge courtesy of the applied tiebreaker. Stanford was third with a 17-under 823. The Cardinal was 8-under on its final circuit.

David Boote drained five birdies during his round of 67, giving him a share of sixth at 7-under for the event. Franklin Huang added a 67 and was 5-over through 54 holes in his home debut. Patrick Grimes tied for 33rd at 1-over.

Jeffrey Swegle contributed a smooth 3-under 67 to tie for 12th. Dominick Francks and Bradley Knox tied for 50th at 4-over.

"I'm happy the guys made a run in the team competition," Ray said. "The course played difficult with some firmer greens and longer rough. It was neat to see Franklin Huang come back to help the team. It was extra special to have Coach (Wally) Goodwin here to give Maverick the winner's jacket of his namesake tournament. Everyone at Stanford appreciates what Coach Goodwin has done for the golf program and university."

The Cardinal travels to Santa Cruz for the Western Intercollegiate (April 11-12).

Softball

Kylie Sorenson pitched a complete game, hit a home run and led Stanford to its first Pac-12 Conference softball victory, beating visiting Utah, 4-2, Saturday.

The Cardinal (15-18, 1-4 Pac-12) will look to win the series against the Utes (21-13, 1-7 Pac-12) in the finale Sunday at noon.

Sorenson (3-3) normally plays shortstop for the Cardinal but has been pressed into service as a pitcher the past two years. She threw her first seven-inning complete game and her third overall.

Sorenson helped her own cause on offense by launching a towering home run in the bottom of the second inning. It is her fourth home run on the season.

"She played her position defensively and put the ball where we needed it: on the edge of the plate," Stanford coach Rachel Hanson said. "She worked her off-speed pitches really well and Jessica Plaza called a great game behind the plate. That bomb she hit over the fence was a great pick-me-up for the team."

Erin Ashby led Stanford with a bases-clearing double to the left-centerfield gap in the third inning, giving Stanford a 4-0 advantage. Ashby ranks second among Cardinal players with 22 RBI. Kayla Bonstrom has driven in 35 runs.

Hanna Winter showcased why she's one of the nation's elite third basemen, making a series of highlight-worthy defensive plays throughout the game. Her most notable stops came in consecutive at-bats during the top of the seventh inning that alleviated any worries about a potential comeback bid by Utah.

"We have our groove back on defense," Hanson said. "Last week we struggled a bit more than usual but the confidence came through again today. Hanna made the routine plays and then some highlight plays as well."

Bonstrom has at least one hit in 10 of the past 13 games, 21 hits in all. Tylyn Wells has at least one hit in seven of the past 10 games.

Stanford concludes the series against the Utes on Sunday at noon.

Men's tennis

Stanford completed its busiest week in recent memory with a Pac-12 sweep, blanking Arizona, 7-0, Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Facing a stretch of four matches to be played over six days, Stanford (10-4, 2-0 Pac-12) swept through the week with four victories, three of which came at home.

With the doubles point quickly locked up, the Cardinal received convincing victories from Robert Stineman (6-2, 6-1 at No. 5) and Tom Fawcett (6-2, 6-0 at No. 1) for a 3-0 lead.

The clincher was provided by Nolan Paige, defeating Will Kneale 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 4 position.

Stanford hits the road next week, with the trip beginning at Oregon on Friday at 3 p.m.

Baseball

Stanford left 10 runners on base, as Arizona State took the second game of a three-game series, 6-3, at Phoenix Municipal Stadium Saturday night. Arizona State clinched the series with the finale set for Sunday at 12:30 p.m. PT.

Arizona State (17-7, 6-2 Pac-12) outhit Stanford 10-9 on its way to its sixth conference win in its last seven tries. Gabe Cramer (0-1), who was making his first career start, and Keith Weisenberg, the first out of Stanford's bullpen, surrendered all six ASU runs in the first five innings.

Tommy Edman and Jonny Locher led the Cardinal with two hits and one double apiece. Stanford fell one hit short of its second straight 10+ hit game, a feat it has achieved twice this season.

Stanford (10-13, 0-5 Pac-12) got to Arizona State starter Ryan Kellogg early, when Edman laced a leadoff double down the left field line and Alex Dunlap drove him in with a two-out RBI single through the left side. The lead was short-lived, however, as ASU plated one in the first and two more in the second on its way to a 6-2 lead by the end of the fifth.

Kellogg (5-0) took the win to remain undefeated. The two-time first team All-Pac-12 lefty allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings. Ryan Burr picked up his ninth save by throwing 1.2 shutouts innings after Jordan Aboites and Eric Melbostad bridged the middle innings.

Burr entered with two on in the eighth and shut the door with a pair of strikeouts and a 1-2-3 inning to finish off the Cardinal. Stanford also spoiled a no-out, bases-loaded situation in the seventh by getting just one run across.

Joey Starling pitched the final 3.1 innings for Stanford without allowing a run. He mixed speeds in the zone to keep Arizona State hitless over the final 12 batters while walking two.

Stanford and Arizona State finish the series tomorrow with lefty Logan James getting the ball for Stanford.

Women's tennis

No. 13 Stanford completed a sweep of its desert road trip, breezing past No. 38 Arizona 6-1 on Saturday afternoon.

Stung by back-to-back losses last week in Los Angeles, Stanford (11-4, 4-2 Pac-12) rebounded with a pair of 6-1 victories against top-40 opponents, also taking down No. 24 Arizona State yesterday.

Leading 1-0 after winning the doubles point, victories by Taylor Davidson (6-1, 6-1) and Krista Hardebeck (6-1, 6-3) put the Cardinal on the brink of clinching the match.

Carol Zhao made it official with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 1 spot.

Arizona (13-3, 3-2 Pac-12) collected its only point when Inge Hendrikx defeated Lindsey Kostas 6-3, 6-3 on court six.

Next up for Stanford is a four-match homestand, which begins Friday against Oregon at 1:30 p.m.

Men's gymnastics

Akash Modi delivered a season-best performance in the all-around and claimed three event titles to lead No. 2 Stanford to its fourth consecutive second-place finish at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships Saturday evening.

The Cardinal (10-3, 6-2 MPSF) scored 437.150 to place behind No. 1 Oklahoma (447.400) and ahead of No. 7 California (432.700) and No. 10 Air Force (425.150).

Modi was named the MPSF Gymnast of the Year for the second consecutive season at the conclusion of the meet. He showcased why he deserved the honor throughout the conference championships, earning MPSF titles in the all-around (90.400), parallel bars (15.650) and floor (15.500). Modi also recorded top-10 finishes on vault (3rd, 15.350), rings (7th, 14.650), high bar (8th, 14.750) and pommel horse (10th, 14.500).

Modi has earned 20 individual event victories against NCAA teams this season: all-around (5), parallel bars (5), floor (4), pommel horse (3), rings (2) and high bar (1).

Stanford registered the second-highest scores in four-of-six events and 10 Cardinal gymnasts combined for 21 top-10 finishes.

Dennis Zaremski had a great showing, registering second-place finishes on parallel bars (15.350) and rings (14.900). He score on parallel bars is a season best.

Brian Knott led the Cardinal on pommel horse with a 15.050 to place third. He added a sixth-place finish on parallel bars (15.000) and a ninth-place result on high bar (14.700).

Michael Levy tied for fifth on floor with a season-best 15.350 and produced a 14.650 on rings to tie for seventh.

Sean Senters placed fourth on vault with a 15.200 and had a nice showing on floor with a 14.950.

Stanford will have a week off before traveling to Norman, Oklahoma, for the NCAA Championships on April 9-11.

Women's golf

The Stanford women's golf team went 1-1 during match play Saturday at the Liz Murphey Collegiate Classic.

The Cardinal suffered a setback to Alabama but bounced back to down Auburn, 4-1. Quirine Eijkenboom and Mariko Tumangan had wins in each of the Cardinal's showdowns.

Stanford faces Purdue on Sunday, and with a victory, will face the winner of the matchup between Alabama and Auburn.

Men's volleyball

No. 13 Stanford dropped a 25-20, 25-17, 25-21 decision at No. 10 Long Beach State on Saturday at the Pyramid in Long Beach, California. The Cardinal falls to 9-13 overall and 6-10 in the MPSF, while the 49ers move to 13-11 on the year and to 9-10 in the conference.

Without starting setter James Shaw for the second straight match, the Cardinal hit just .186 against the 49ers, committing 23 attack errors. Long Beach State posted a .361 team hitting percentage and limited itself to just seven attack errors.

The Cardinal had trouble with the 49ers' block, accounting for 12.5 of the team's hitting errors. Stanford led briefly in the opening set, but trailied Long Beach State the rest of the way.

Junior outside hitter Madison Hayden had a match-high 16 kills to go with five digs. In total, 12 different Cardinal players took the court. Junior Alex Stephanus finished with seven kills on a .333 attack percentage in two sets played.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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