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Stanford women place second at Peg Barnard Invitational

 

The third-ranked Stanford women's golf team placed second in the 21st Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford Golf Course on Sunday, the spring season opener.

"They played great," said Anne Walker, Stanford's Director of Women's Golf. "We didn't do anything special. Our iron shots were not very crisp."

The defending national champion Cardinal finished with a 36-hole score of 6-over-par 574 (287-287), three strokes behind 12th-ranked Washington at 571 (291-280). The Huskies, who began the final round eight strokes behind leader Oregon, made a big final-day charge, shooting 4-under as a team.

Washington made an early statement in the cool, cloudy conditions. Ying Luo and Wenyung Keh each birdied the first three holes to jump start the Huskies.

The sun-splashed back nine became a three team battle between Washington, Stanford and No. 21 Cal. The Huskies held a three-stroke advantage on the Cardinal with nine holes remaining.

Keh, a freshman from Auckland, New Zealand, birdied the 16th and 17th holes to shoot a tournament-best 5-under-par 66 and earned medalist honors at 4-under 138.

Luo, a senior from Shenzchen, China, capped her round with a last-hole birdie and shot 69 to finish at 3-under 139 to share second with Stanford junior Casey Danielson, who carded an impressive bogey-free 69.

"Casey played terrific," Walker said. "Really happy the way she showed up and competed."

Stanford also received top 10's from senior All-Americans Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse. Kim shot consecutive rounds of 71 to finish at even-par 142 and tied for fourth, while Stackhouse posted 72-72-144 and tied for eighth at 2-over.

Junior Quirine Eijkenboom (74-75-149) tied for 23rd at 7-over 149, while sophomore Shannon Aubert (74-76-150) tied for 27th at 8-over.

Next for Stanford is the All-State Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, Sunday through Tuesday in New Orleans.

Softball

Stanford split a pair of games to conclude play at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe on Sunday, falling to Cal State Northridge, 4-3, on a walk-off, and defeating Seattle, 8-2.

The Cardinal finished the weekend winning three of its five games. Kylie Sorenson paced Stanford offensively, going 7-for-15 (.467) with five runs, five RBI, a home run and a .667 slugging percentage.

All-American Kayla Bonstrom went 6-for-14 (.429) with six runs, three RBI, a home run and a .643 slugging percentage. Jessica Plaza, Molly Fowkes and Bessie Noll each hit .313 or better on the weekend.

Carolyn Lee made her collegiate debut in the circle and went 1-1. She recorded a 2.10 ERA and permitted eight runs, only four earned, on 15 hits and three walks in 13 1/3 innings. Haley Snyder pitched 16 innings over three games and recorded a 3.50 ERA with 13 strikeouts.

Wrestling

In its final dual meet of the season, No. 18 Stanford was shut out by No. 2 Oklahoma State on Sunday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.

Falling 41-0, Stanford drops to 11-4 on the year, while the Cowboys moved to 12-2.

The dual opened with a matchup of ranked opponents in 15th-ranked Connor Schram and No. 6 Eddie Klimara of Oklahoma State at 125 pounds. Tied 1-1, Klimara scored a takedown with under 30 seconds left for a 3-1 sudden victory decision over Schram in overtime.

The most anticipated bout of the day pitted No. 1 Dean Heil against Stanford freshman Joey McKenna, ranked No. 2. The pair met earlier in the season in the finals of the Southern Scuffle (Jan. 2), where Heil prevailed 2-1 in overtime.

Tied 1-1 after three, McKenna attempted a double-leg shot in overtime, but a scramble by Heil turned into a takedown for the Cowboy with under 10 seconds remaining on the clock and a 3-1 sudden victory decision. It is just the second loss of the season for McKenna, who is now 19-2.

Women's gymnastics

Elizabeth Price swept the individual event victories and scored a season-high in the all-around to lead Stanford to a 196.650-196.150 victory at Arizona on Saturday night.

The Cardinal (9-4, 3-2 Pac-12) hit all 24 of its routines for the first time this season to post its second-highest score of the season, falling .025 points shy of tying its season-best.

Five Stanford gymnasts combined for nine top-three finishes among the four events. The Cardinal tied or set season-bests in three-of-four events to outscore the Wildcats in three-of-four events.

Price earned victories in the all-around (39.650), vault (9.875), bars (9.975), beam (9.875) and floor (9.925). Price has scored 9.825 or higher in 21-of-23 performances this season and 9.900 or higher in 32-of-48 performances during her collegiate career. She has registered 18 individual event victories in 28 possible events this season.

Nicolette McNair continued her consistency, contributing scores in all three events and tying for second on vault (9.850) and bars (9.875). She has scored 9.800 or higher in 17-of-18 routines this season. McNair has hit 89-of-95 routines (94 percent) on vault, bars and beam in her career.

Haley Spector tied her career best of 9.925 to tie Price for first on floor, while Ivana Hong generated a 9.875 on bars to tie for second. Taryn Fitzgerald scored a career-best 9.850 on vault to tie for second.

Stanford got off to a strong start on bars tying its season-best of 49.300. Price paced the Cardinal with a career-high 9.975. Hong and McNair followed with scores of 9.875.

The Cardinal continued to roll on vault with a 49.200 on vault, tying its season high. Five-of-six Stanford gymnasts scored 9.800 or higher.

Stanford produced its best showing of the season on floor with all gymnasts scoring 9.750 or higher for a 49.250. Price and Spector tied for the night's best performances with scores of 9.925.

The Cardinal sealed its victory with a consistent performance on beam. Price led the Cardinal with a 9.875, followed by McNair (9.825) and Taylor Rice (9.775).

Stanford will play host to Utah next Saturday at 2 p.m. in its final home meet of the season. Admission is free and the event will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

Men's gymnastics

In a meet that came down to the wire, the second-ranked Cardinal, competing without All-American Akash Modi, managed to pull out a first place finish with a 432.800 team score. Stanford topped No. 3 Minnesota (432.650), No. 5 Illinois (429.750) and No. 7 Iowa (419.700) to remain undefeated on the season.

On floor, the Cardinal (12-0) posted a 72.950 team score with Gabe Flores leading the way with a 14.950 to tie for fourth in the event. Following Flores was Taylor Seaton (14.800) and Jacob Barrus (14.500). Illinois took the team title in the event with a 73.250 score.

The Fightin' Illini took the team title in pommel as well, though Brian Knott stepped up for Stanford with a 14.650 score for a third-place finish in the event. Andrew Misiolek and Ryan Sheppard both added 13.750 scores to help the Cardinal as it finished with a 68.950 team score.

Headed to the rings, Ryan Sheppard stepped up for Stanford with a 14.950 to take the event's individual title before Dennis Zaremski followed up with a 14.650. Jordan DeClerk was next with a 14.500 before Josiah Eng and Robert Neff added 14.300 scores to lead Stanford to the event title with a 72.700 team score.

Headed into vault, the Cardinal stepped it up a notch with Gabe Flores leading in another event for Stanford with a 15.150 score to take second overall in the event. Ryan Sheppard threw down a 14.750 score next that Taylor Seaton was right behind with a 14.700. Drew Burton added a 14.650 score as well with Stanford posting a 73.700 as a team.

Parallel bars proved to be the game changer for the Cardinal as it took the team title with a 73.050 score. Reigning parallel bars champion Brian Knott led the charge with a season-best 15.200. Jordan DeClerk with another season-best score of 15.000.

Headed into the last event, it was a close score with Stanford holding first place 361.350 with Minnesota right on its heels with a 361.000. High bar saw Brian Knott land a 14.700 score while Taylor Seaton stick a 14.600 in the event as Stanford posted a 71.450 to eke out a win margin of .150 to remain undefeated on the year.

In the all-around, Ryan Sheppard tied for first with Minnesota's Justin Karstadt with an 84.750 score.

The Cardinal travels this week to compete in the Winter Cup Feb. 18-20 in Las Vegas.

— Stanford Athletics

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