Noll helps Stanford softball beat No. 12 Missouri in tourney


Bessie Noll had two hits, including a home run, and was active in center field, matching first baseman Kayla Bonstrom with five putouts as the Stanford softball team stunned No. 12 Missouri, 5-3, Thursday at the Mary Nutter Classic in Cathedral City.

Whitney Burks hit her first collegiate home run for the Cardinal (5-5), which handed the Tigers their first loss of the year.

Colton Hock
Bonstrom, Jessica Plaza and Lauren Wegner also drove in runs in support of freshman pitcher Carolyn Lee (2-3), who somehow found a way to strand nine runners and go the distance for the fourth time in eight starts.

Lee gave up three runs on eight hits. She walked four and struck out three. The game ended on a double play, with second baseman Lauren Frost nabbed a pop up and doubled up a runner at second, with Kylie Sorenson covering.

Burks homered in the third and Noll hit her fourth homer of the season in the fourth. She has half of Stanford's eight home runs.

Noll also scored the go-ahead run in the sixth, snapping a 3-3 tie. She doubled with one out and scored on Plaza's two-out single.

The Cardinal meets San Jose State at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.


Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger drove in the only run of the game and Stanford earned a 1-0 victory over host No. 22 Texas in a thrilling 12-inning nonconference baseball game Thursday.

Kris Bubic, Colton Hock and winner Chris Viall combined on the five-hitter for the Cardinal (4-1), which recorded its second shutout of the season and lowered its ERA to 1.13.

Bubic, who pitched an inning and earned the save in Monday's win over UC Davis, went the first 4 1/3 innings, giving up a pair of hits, walking two and striking out seven.

Hock lasted 5 2/3 innings, giving up three hits and walking three. He struck out eight.

Viall pitched the final two innings, striking out three and allowing one baserunner.

Alex Dunlap singled to open the top of the 12th-inning and freshman Alec Wilson made his debut as a pinch runner.

Jack Klein, who had two hits, reached safely when his bunt attempt was thrown away.

Tommy Edman successfully advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt and Quinn Brodey was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Diekroeger followed with a grounder to third base. The Longhorns elected to go for a double play but Diekroeger beat the return throw at first and Wilson scored.

The four-game series continues Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Women's golf

Incoming freshman Andrea Lee of Hermosa Beach, California, was picked to the 2016 U.S. Curtis Cup Team this week. The eight-member squad will oppose Great Britain and Ireland, June 10-12 at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Enniskerry, Ireland.

Stanford senior Lauren Kim of Los Altos, California was named first alternate.

The 17-year-old Lee becomes the 23rd participant in the biennial competition with ties to the Stanford women's golf program, and the fifth since 2000.

Senior Mariah Stackhouse played in 2014 and helped lead the Americans to a 13-7 win at St. Louis Country Club in Ladue, Missouri. In 2010, Sally Watson played for Great Britain and Ireland, as the U.S. prevailed 12½ to 7½ at Essex Country Club in Manchester, Massachusetts.

In 2000, Hilary Homeyer and Stephanie Keever contributed to a 10-8 American victory at Ganton Golf Club in North Yorkshire, England.

"It's a reflection of the quality of student-athlete our program attracts," said Anne Walker, the Mitch and Margot Director of Women's Golf. "They are standouts in college and amateur golf, and excel in the classroom."

In 2014, Lee captured the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Yani Tseng Invitational. She also advanced to the semifinals of the U.S. Women's Amateur, quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls' Junior, and earned a tie for 69th in the U.S. Women's Open.

Last year, Lee won a silver medal for the U.S. in the Pan American games, and reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls' Junior.

"Her selection comes as no surprise," Walker said. "We started recruiting her 3½ years ago. That was the kind of talent she had as a youngster."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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