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Kim has Stanford women near top of golf tournament

 

Lauren Kim nearly posted a bogey-free opening round to lead the Stanford women's golf team Friday at the PING/Arizona State Invitational.

Kim was 3-under on the front nine and added two more birdies on the back, but closed with a bogey on the 18th to finish at 4-under. Kim is tied for second among individuals.

Arkansas posted three scores of par or better to take the overall team lead at 4-under. Duke is a close second at 2-under and host Arizona State stands in third at 1-under.

Stanford, Arizona and South Carolina are tied for fourth with an even-par 288 at the par-72 Karsten Golf Course.

Quirine Eijkenboom used birdies on 15 and 17 to go to 1-under. She double-bogeyed the 18th for a 1-over 73. Shannon Aubert matched Eijkenboom's score to tie for 29th.

Casey Danielson was 3-over and Mariah Stackhouse stacked five birdies during her 2-over 74 performance.

Mariko Tumangan is narrowly outside the top-50 with a 3-over 75.

Baseball

Stanford's Brett Hanewich limited Cal to two runs on four hits over seven innings to open at three-game series with a 4-2 win at Evans Diamond Friday afternoon. The Cardinal won for the first time in Pac-12 play in 10 tries.

"We got a good pitching performance and clutch hits," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "Even with the struggles we've had, this group continues to practice and work hard."

Hanewich forced nine ground outs and six fly outs, while striking out five, to go seven innings for the second straight start.

"Even with a bunch of injuries we have to come together as a team," Hanewich said. "We have to put ourselves in a position to win."

Hanewich is settling into the Friday starter role, averaging over six innings pitched in four starts since filling the void left by the injured Cal Quantrill on March 20.

"We're better than our record shows," Hanewich said. "When you look at stats, you're not seeing the players."

Stanford (13-18, 1-9 Pac-12) scored a two-out run in the first to give Hanewich a lead before he threw any of his 100 pitches. Tommy Edman, Matt Winaker and Beau Branton produced three straight singles to take a 1-0 advantage.

Edman and Branton both finished with two hits and an RBI to lead the Cardinal. Edman was again in the mix during a Stanford rally in the fifth, when his hard-hit single up the middle against a drawn in infield capped a three-run inning.

The Cardinal was aided by a throwing error by pitcher Jeff Bain to score the first run of the inning. Mikey Diekroeger followed with an RBI groundout before Edman's single.

Jack Klein singled and Quinn Brodey was hit by a pitch to set the table.

California (21-10, 8-5 Pac-12) was led by Mitchell Kranson's 2-for-4 day. Kranson was on second base as the potential tying run in the eighth inning, after an RBI double, but reliever Logan James forced the next three Bears down in order.

James earned his team-leading fourth save of the season.

Sand volleyball

The Cardinal opened the Stanford Invitational with a 3-2 win over Oregon on Friday at the Stanford Sand Volleyball Stadium. The Cardinal improves to 6-3 overall, while the Ducks drop to 0-2.

Oregon led, 2-1, after the first round of matches, played by the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 pairs.

Stanford's No. 3 team of Jordan Burgess and Merete Lutz put the Cardinal on the board with a 21-14, 21-14 win over Taylor Agost and Maggie Scott.

The Cardinal's No. 1 pair, Lauren Birks and Brittany Howard, tied the match with a 21-14, 21-14 win over Oregon's Shellsy Ashen and Kacey Nady.

Stanford's Madi Bugg and Ivana Vanjak, playing at No. 2, clinched the win for the Cardinal with a come-from-behind 21-23, 21-11, 16-14 over Liz Brenner and Chelsey Keoho.

Men's volleyball

The 15th-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team dropped a close decision at No. 1 Hawai'i, 25-17, 25-22, 26-24, Friday, at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Cardinal falls to 10-15 overall and to 7-12 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while the Rainbow Warriors, who have won 15 in a row, improve to 22-3 and 17-2 in conference.

Hawai'i hit .330 as a team, while holding Stanford to a .128 clip.

The Rainbow Warriors also registered 15.5 team blocks, 10 more than the Cardinal, which committed 22 attack errors. Stanford continued to serve and pass well, posting five service aces and limiting itself to nine errors.

After coming up short in the first two sets, Stanford held a 24-22 lead late in the third. However, the Rainbow Warriors reeled off four-straight to seal the win down the stretch.

In a homecoming, redshirt sophomore Gabriel Vega, who is a Kailua, Hawai'i native, turned in a match-high 14 kills to go with six digs and two aces. Junior outside hitter Madison Hayden added 10 kills and three digs.

Softball

Kylie Sorenson had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs but Stanford dropped a 12-4 Pac-12 decision to visiting No. 8 UCLA on Friday.

Sorenson (4-5) got the start in the circle for Stanford (16-23, 1-9 Pac-12) and was one of five Cardinal players to see time at pitcher. She helped her own cause in the bottom of the second inning by hammering a two-run home run to center field. She added a third RBI on a two-out single in the bottom of the third.

"Kylie did a great job of playing at a high level regardless of the circumstances," said Stanford head coach Rachel Hanson. "She battled through a little dip offensively and is now seeing the ball well and putting a good swing on the ball. She's doing some good things while in the circle and in the box."

Stanford's pitching staff has been limited this season by injuries, causing players who typically are not pitchers to spend time in the circle. Sorenson (SS) and Tylyn Wells (LF) have shouldered a majority of the load but Kayla Bonstrom (1B), Erin Ashby (2B) and Kaitlyn Lagattuta (UTL) each made their season debuts in the circle Friday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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