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Cardinal freshmen hurlers tame the Tigers

 

Andrew Summerville and Keith Weisenberg combined to take a no-hitter into the ninth inning in Stanford's 7-2 nonleague baseball win over visiting Pacific on Tuesday evening at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond.

The freshmen pitchers helped the Cardinal snap a four-game losing streak by almost throwing the program's first no-hitter since 1998.

Summerville (2-0) took care of the first five innings without surrendering a hit, before Weisenberg shutdown the visiting Tigers over the next three frames.

Pinch hitter Justin Thaxton ended the bid with a single through the right side after a leadoff walk to start the ninth.

Stanford (12-18) gave Summerville six early runs of support to cruise to the nonconference victory. The Cardinal scored one in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth to open a 6-0 lead as part of its best offensive game since March 23.

Despite holding a 6-0 lead with a no-hitter intact, pulling Summerville was an easy decision for the Cardinal coaching staff. The freshman lefty had thrown 84 pitches, the most he has thrown all season, over 5.0 innings. Summerville entered Tuesday with 4.0 innings pitched in six appearances.

Thaxton's single off the freshman righty Weisenberg, who tied his longest outing, kept Chad Hutchinson's five-inning no-no on Feb. 1, 1998 as the last in Stanford history. Weisenberg earned a four-inning save, the first of his career.

Junior shortstop Drew Jackson led the offense with three hits, while sophomore second baseman Tommy Edman and junior right fielder Zach Hoffpauir each added two. Freshman first baseman Matt Winaker, one of six Cardinal players with an RBI, drove home two on a single in the third for his second straight multi-RBI game.

Bryce Carter lifted his first career home run in the sixth.

Stanford has two days off before traveling to Berkeley on Friday night. Rivals California and Stanford play a three-game series Friday-Sunday with all three airing on Pac-12 Bay Area.

Women's water polo

For the third time this season, Stanford freshman Jordan Raney was named MPSF/Kap7 Newcomer of the Week when the conference announced its weekly honors on Tuesday.

Raney's three Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Newcomer of the Week nods are tops in the league this season. Raney and fellow freshman teammate Katie Dudley have combined to win the award in five of 12 weeks.

Raney posted one of Stanford's eight multi-goal efforts in its 23-6 victory over No. 9 San Jose State on Saturday. The freshman scored twice in the third quarter to extend the Cardinal's lead to double digits for the first time.

It was the fourth time Raney has put home two in a game this season and first in MPSF action. Her 16 goals are ninth on a Stanford squad that is averaging 14.58 per game, second in the MPSF. Raney's defense also helped hold San Jose State to just 1-of-5 on its power play opportunities.

Raney and Stanford (18-1, 3-0 MPSF) are back in action at noon next Saturday when they host No. 1 UCLA (20-1, 4-0 MPSF) at Avery Aquatic Center.

The two teams have split their meetings this year, with Stanford winning 10-6 in the championship game of the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 1 and the Bruins coming out on top in overtime, 7-6, in the championship match of the UC Irvine Invitational on Feb. 22.

Men's tennis

Stanford won its seventh straight match Tuesday, downing visiting Fresno State, 4-1, in a nonconference contest.

The Cardinal (13-4), which has not lost since Feb. 28, opened a five-match homestand to finish the regular season.

Stanford puts it winning streak on the line Friday when No. 15 UCLA visits for a Pac-12 match at 4 p.m.

Stanford took the doubles point for a 1-0 lead, and clinched the match thanks to Tom Fawcett's 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory at the top spot of the lineup.

John Morrissey cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot against Sai Kartik Nakireddi, extending Stanford's lead to 2-0.

Yale Goldberg contributed a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Youssef Hassan at the No. 6 spot, increasing Stanford's lead to 3-1.

Softball

Tuesday's game between Stanford and host San Jose State was cancelled due to weather concerns.

The Cardinal (16-22, 1-8 Pac-12) hosts No. 8 UCLA (31-8, 6-3) in a three-game Pac-12 series beginning Friday at 7 p.m.

In other local softball news, Menlo College had its doubleheader with visiting William Jessup postponed due to the weather.

The Oaks (5-19) host La Sierra in a doubleheader Sunday at 11 a.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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