In the first road game of the year, it took just two batters for Stanford baseball to take the lead, and the Cardinal never looked back in a 5-2 victory over host UC Davis on Monday.
Junior Tommy Edman tied a career-high with three hits, and sophomore Quinn Brodey knocked him in all three times -- a career-high -- in the Monday matinee at Dobbins Stadium.
The duo was at it again in the seventh. Edman singled again and Brodey found nearly the same spot to bring Edman around.
Senior Jonny Locher added a home run to left in the fourth, and freshman Nico Hoerner plated his first career RBI with a double in the fifth to give Stanford a 5-0 advantage
Junior starter Brett Hanewich worked himself into and out of trouble in the first and second innings. On both occasions he stranded a runner at third with one out. From there, he dominated. He set down 16 straight Aggies before allowing an unearned run in the seventh.
The Stanford bullpen allowed its first run of the year as the Aggies closed to within 5-2. But sophomore Tyler Thorne helped escape a bases-loaded jam with an inning-ending strikeout in the eighth.
Freshman Kris Bubic induced three easy ground balls to earn the save in his first collegiate appearance.
Stanford continues through its season-opening run of eight games in nine days with a four-game series at Texas beginning Thursday.
Stanford climbed into a tie for seventh place on Monday after two rounds of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate at English Turn Golf and Country Club in New Orleans, La.
The third-ranked Cardinal posted a four-player score of 5-over-par 293 and has a 36-hole score of 13-over 589. Florida leads the 17-team tournament with a 7-under score of 569.
For the second consecutive day, Stanford was sparked by senior All-Americans Lauren Kim and Mariah Stackhouse. Kim maintained her lead in the individual competition by shooting a 2-under 70 and has a two-day of total of 6-under 138, one stroke ahead of Emma Talley of Alabama. Kim's round was highlighted by an eagle at the 340-yard par-4 ninth, where she holed out her approach shot for eagle.
"Coach (Anne Walker) and I have been working on my attitude, outlook and overall mental game, and I think I have a better grasp than I normally do," said Kim. "I've also putted well."
Stackhouse followed up a first-round 69 with a 72 and is tied for fourth at 3-under 141. Her round included three birdies and three bogeys.
Sophomore Shannon Aubert is tied for 61st at 9-over 153 (78-75). Junior Casey Danielson is tied for 77th at 13-over 157 (81-76), while junior Quirine Eijkenboom is tied for 86th at 21-over 165 (81-84).
Final round play begins Tuesday with Kim chasing her first collegiate title.
"I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing," she said. "I don't think there's much I can change. I'll try to play my most consistent golf and hopefully come out on top."
Stanford grew stronger when seven future Cardinal signed National Letters of Intent recently, as announced by head coach Paul Ratcliffe.
The Class of 2020 includes Beattie Goad, Tierna Davidson from Sacred Heart Prep, Cecilia Gee, Logan Karam, Carly Malatskey, Lauren Rood and Samantha Tran.
Davidson played in all games for USWNT U20 at CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying, scored a goal, named to Best XI of the tournament. She captained De Anza Force to top-three finishes at ECNL National Championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015; captained Sacred Heart Prep to CCS Division III titles in 2014 and 2015; and holds a 4.13 GPA.
Next year's freshman class will join a Stanford team that made its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and 18th consecutive. The Cardinal earned one of four No. 1 seeds and extended its postseason home unbeaten streak to 29 matches.
Stanford earned its 10th Pac-12 title and went unbeaten in conference play with a 10-0-1 record. The Cardinal led the Pac-12 in goals scored with 24 in conference play and 35 overall. Stanford tied USC for the fewest goals allowed with 11 on the season.
Redshirt junior Gabriel Vega has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Men's Volleyball Player of the Week, as announced Monday.
Vega, a native of Kailua, Hawai'i, led the Cardinal to home wins last week against then-No. 10 UC Santa Barbara (3-0) and then-No. 3 UCLA (3-1), which puts Stanford in a tie for first place in the MPSF with Long Beach State. The opposite averaged 3.71 kills, 1.43 digs, 1.14 blocks and 4.71 points per set, while hitting .488 overall.
Against the Gauchos, Vega tallied 12 kills on .625 hitting as Stanford held UCSB to a .147 attack percentage for the match. Versus UCLA, he led the squad with 14 kills, hitting .407, to go with eight digs and a career-high five blocks.
Stanford (12-2, 10-2 MPSF) already has more wins in 2016 than it recorded last year with 10 regular season matches left on the docket. This marks the second career MPSF weekly honor for Vega as he also took it home on March 9, 2015.
No. 3 Stanford hits the road this week to take on UC San Diego on Thursday and No. 13 UC Irvine on Friday. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m.
Senior Anna Salemo was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Salemo led the Cardinal to a pair of home wins last week, over Saint Mary's, 20-1, and then-No. 16 Ohio State, 18-7.
The attacker accumulated nine points on six goals and three assists on the week. She scored four goals and dished two assists in Stanford's 18-7 win over the Buckeyes.
The honor is the first of Salemo's career. She has helped lead the Cardinal open the year 2-1.
No. 14 Stanford continues its homestand Saturday with a noon match against Harvard.