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Stanford baseball is swept at home by Oregon State in Pac-12 play

 

Oregon State completed a three-game sweep of the Stanford baseball team with a 12-3 win at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Sunday in front of a Senior Day crowd of 2,714.

Stanford (22-31, 7-20 Pac-12) faced an early deficit for the third straight day when Oregon State opened a 5-1 lead.

The Cardinal put together a two-run rally in the sixth and had the tying run on second base with the bases loaded and two outs before the comeback stalled and OSU pulled away.

Stanford finished 13-18 at Sunken Diamond in 2015.

The Beavers (36-14-1, 17-9-1 Pac-12) had at least one hit in the top eight spots in its order and No. 9-hole hitter Christian Donahue scored three times.

Joe Gillette, who made two diving plays in the third inning to save at least two runs, led Oregon State's lineup with three hits.

Stanford helped Oregon State with seven walks in the game and 22 for the series, its most in a three-game set this season. The Cardinal also committed three errors.

Chris Castellanos took the loss, going five innings and allowing five runs - four earned - on eight hits, while striking out six.

Beau Branton led the lineup with a 2-for-3 day, as the Cardinal could not seem to find holes with any consistency despite only striking out twice as a team.

Austin Barr squared up balls for lineouts to short and center field, Gillette made the two extra-base saving catches and the Beavers' pitchers limited Stanford to eight hits.

The Beavers beat Stanford for the 11th straight time.

The Cardinal travels to Washington State next weekend for a three-game series starting Friday.

Women's rowing

No. 6 Stanford took away much more from the Pac-12 Championships than a silver medal in the varsity eight and fourth-place finish as a team.

The Cardinal had a chance to race six of the top 20 teams in the nation and three of the top 10 on the same course as the NCAA Championships, giving them an excellent test run for the final regatta of the year in two weeks.

"We knew we'd have to fight for every seat in every event," said Cardinal coach Yasmin Farooq. "You could say it's the blessing and the curse of being a D1 team in the Pac-12. There are no easy wins at the conference championship and every year you know that your team will be tested. But the battle toughening that comes along with it is worth it, and for that we are always grateful. We'll hope to take the lessons learned here to the NCAA's in two weeks."

In recent years, Stanford's scheduling throughout the season has been grueling but great preparation for the final regatta of the season. This year was no different and tacking on a championship event for one of the toughest conferences in the nation only helped the experience of a young Cardinal team.

The varsity eight had a terrific race with No. 4 Cal for the second time in three weeks. Stanford was ready to go from the beginning and got off to an aggressive start to take the lead. The Cardinal held the lead for a good portion of the race, but the Golden Bears showed their strength and came out with the win in the end.

Stanford clocked a 6:36.7 to finish six seconds back of Cal and 2.5 seconds ahead of Washington. The Cardinal has now finished first or second in the varsity eight in seven of the last nine years.

In the team standings, Stanford finished just one point shy of Washington State for third place. Cal took home the team championship over Washington by 1.5 points.

The second varsity eight finished fourth in its race, just over three seconds off a spot on the podium. Stanford recorded a time of 6:49.5 with Washington State posting a 6:46.4.

Junior coxswain Liza Gurtin made her 2015 debut with the varsity four, coming back from a surgery that has kept her out most of the year. She guided the boat to fifth place with a time of 7:41.7. It was an extremely tight race coming down to the wire with USC, but the Trojans finished ahead by a few feet and 0.6 seconds.

The third varsity eight started off the day with a seventh place finish, less than one second off of fifth place. The boat consisted of three freshmen and four individuals overall racing for the first time in 2015. Making their racing season debuts were Anne Bertram, Jenn Belz and walk-on Cori Brendel. Kate Kidd, a senior who last year competed with the lightweight team at Stanford, also competed for the first time this season.

At the awards ceremony, the Pac-12 surprised senior coxswain Naomi Cornman with the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She is the fourth Cardinal women's rower to earn the honor.

Stanford waits for the NCAA announcement for a chance at an at-large selection to the NCAA Championships May 29-31, also at Lake Natoma.

Men's rowing

No. 13 Stanford placed fourth at the Pac-12 Championships and the varsity eight earned a bronze medal.

The varsity eight had an incredible and improbable comeback in its race. At the midway mark, Stanford trailed Oregon State by about seven seats. The Beavers led by open water at one point in the race, but the Cardinal crew would not let down.

Seat-by-seat Stanford gained ground and would eventually overtake Oregon State down the stretch, even pulling away to win by several seconds.

"In 15 years, I don't think I have seen one of our boats come from down over a boat length in the final 1,000 meters to finish ahead of somebody," said head coach Craig Amerkhanian. "It was a courageous effort and I am proud of our guys."

The varsity eight has now medalled every year since 2004. This was the eighth bronze medal earned during that span.

The 2V8 and 3V8 each placed fourth overall. The 2V8 posted a time of 6:21.0 to finish 4.5 seconds behind Oregon State. The 3V8 also battled hard but finished 6.5 seconds back of the Beavers. Both teams fell behind early and were unable to make a charge to get back in the hunt.

Stanford placed fourth as a team for the second straight season. The top two teams all season long, No. 1 Cal and No. 2 Washington, battled for the team championship with Washington earning the title.

At the awards ceremony after the event, senior Kaess Smit not only received his bronze medal for being in the varsity eight, but also the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.

The Cardinal will be off for the next two weeks as it prepares for the final regatta of the year, the IRA National Championships in West Windsor, N.J. May 29-31.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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