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Cardinal baseball gets a standout pitching effort in win

 

Sophomore Andrew Summerville had a career night on the mound and Stanford's offense came up with another big night in a 9-1 nonconference baseball win over St. Mary's at Sunken Diamond on Tuesday.

Summerville was brilliant in the longest outing of his collegiate career. He struck out nine -- the most in a game by a Stanford pitcher this season -- and allowed just two hits and one walk en route to his first win of the year.


Allie DaCar
Meanwhile, Stanford (6-3) carried its offensive momentum all the way from the Lone Star state. The Cardinal, which won 11-1 at No. 3 Texas on Sunday, has now scored 20 runs and has 25 hits in the past two games.

But it was the Gaels (5-4) who got on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning. However, Summerville did not allow another hit until the seventh.

That allowed the Cardinal to build a comfortable lead.

Stanford got the equalizer when Jack Klein helped manufacture a run in the third. The junior centerfielder drew a walk and then stole second base -- his first of the season and fourth of his career. With two outs, Tommy Edman singled the opposite way to bring home Klein and tie the game.

Then the Cardinal exploded with its biggest inning of the year. Sophomore catcher Bryce Carter doubled down the right field line to bring home the first of five runs in the fifth inning. Edman then singled home another run and sophomore Mikey Diekroeger doubled in both Carter and Edman. Diekroeger scored on Quinn Brodey's sacrifice fly for a 6-1 edge.

Brodey later homered to deep right in the eighth. Later in the inning, sophomore first baseman Matt Winaker doubled home freshman Nico Hoerner, and then eventually scored on a wild pitch for an eight-run lead.

Up next, a showdown looms with No. 2 Vanderbilt. Stanford hosts the Commodores for a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m., followed by Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m. Both weekend games can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

In other baseball news, Stanford sophomore reliever Colton Hock earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week accolades as announced by the conference office on Tuesday.

This is the first career weekly Pac-12 honor for Hock, as Stanford has now won the Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week award in each of the first two weeks of the season. Freshman Tristan Beck garnered the honor on Feb. 23.

"I'm excited to receive this award," Hock said, "though it could have gone to a handful of Stanford pitchers this week. It's a great feeling to see Stanford win back-to-back Pitcher of the Week awards following Tristan's great start against Cal State Fullerton last week. Hopefully it's a trend that we can keep going throughout the season."

Hock was a standout in the program's longest shutout on record (since 1959) -- a 1-0 win in 12 innings at No. 23 Texas on Thursday. The extra-inning pitchers' duel was highlighted by Hock, who pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings in relief and struck out a career-high eight batters. In the longest outing of his career, the Bloomsburg, Pa., native allowed just three hits and kept the game scoreless through the 10th.

Women's lacrosse

Sophomore Allie DaCar has been named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the conference.

DaCar, a native of Dublin, tied a career high with 14 saves in a 13-4 win over Harvard last Saturday. On the day, DaCar recorded an incredible .778 save percentage while stopping a 2016 conference-high 14 shots of the 18 she faced.

The honor is the career first for DaCar, who was named MPSF Rookie of the Week three times in 2015.

No. 13 Stanford continues its home stand this week as it sets to host Vanderbilt on Sunday at at Cagan Stadium at 1 p.m.

Men's swimming

Stanford senior Gray Umbach has been named Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Umbach, a native of The Woodlands, Texas, boasts a 3.99 grade-point average in chemical engineering and is a 10-time top-10 finisher at the Pac-12 Championships.

"We are thrilled for Gray and this is well-deserved," said Stanford head coach Ted Knapp. "In his four years at Stanford he has shown us tremendous consistency, performing at a very high level in both academics and swimming.

"The biggest challenge for Gray was the lack of flexibility in his major due to its small size; there were not a lot of options with class times and days offered. Gray has been very conscientious and diligent about balancing his rigorous academic load while meeting the expectations of contributing to a highly competitive swim team."

A three-time competitor at the NCAA Championships, Umbach was named All-America in the 800-yard freestyle relay in 2013 and in the 400-yard medley relay in 2015. He is also a two-time Pac-12 All-Academic first team selection.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum of one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

The Cardinal men hit the water at the Pac-12 Championships on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m., with the 200-yard medley relay and the 800-yard freestyle relay. The meet continues through Saturday in Federal Way, Wash.

Men's water polo

A total of 17 Stanford student-athletes were named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team. The 17 honorees is the most of any men's water polo program in the nation.

Student-athletes eligible for the ACWPC All-Academic award must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher. Athlete merit levels include "excellent" (3.2 to 3.4), "superior" 3.41 to 3.7 and "outstanding" 3.71 to 4.0.

Stanford's team GPA was 3.42, fourth in the nation and tops among all MPSF squads.

Six members of the Cardinal were named to the "outstanding" list, including Adam Abdulhamid, BJ Churnside, Blake Parrish, Grant Sivesind, Marco Stanchi, and Adam Warmoth. It was the second straight year, both Abdulhamid and Churnside made the "Outstanding" group.

Bret Bonanni, Griffin Bolan, Mitchell Mendoza, Justin Roberto and Spencer Rogers were honored on the "Superior" list.

Harrison Enright (from Sacred Heart Prep), Oliver Lewis, Sam Pfeil, CJ Porter, Kyle Weikert and Grady Williams were each named to the "Excellent" group.

— Stanford Athletics

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