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Stanford women's gymnastics team qualifies for regionals

 

The No. 18 Stanford women's gymnastics team will compete at the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional on Saturday, April 2, where it will pursue a bid to the NCAA Championships.

It is the 33rd consecutive season the Cardinal has advanced to the NCAA regional competition.


Joining the Cardinal in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will be top-seeded Auburn, and (in order of seeding) Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Penn State and New Hampshire. The top two teams in the regional competition will receive a berth to the NCAA Championships in Fort Worth, Texas.

The top two all-around competitors and each event winner not on a qualifying team will also receive a bid to the national championships. The top 36 teams in the country based on their regional qualifying score, earned spots at the regional competition.

Stanford is ranked 18th in the nation and will face three top-25 opponents in its regional including No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Michigan, No. 24 Eastern Michigan.

The Cardinal has advanced to the NCAA Championships in eight of the past nine seasons and 12 of the past 15. Stanford has won five regional titles and 45 individual championships in its 38-year history.

Baseball

Stanford baseball waited through two rain delays during Monday's matinee at UC Davis, but neither was comparable to the wait for John Hochstatter, who returned to the mound for the first time in over a year. The final will also have to wait as the game was suspended in the ninth with Stanford leading, 12-9, and will resume when the Aggies visit Sunken Diamond on May 17.

Hochstatter started in his first outing since Tommy John surgery last spring. Nearly 400 days after his last start, and a brief rain delay that pushed back the start of the game, he picked up where he left off. The Danville native, who has won 17 career games for the Cardinal, held UC Davis scoreless through 2.1 innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out one before the rain started falling again.

Pac-12 play begins this week for Stanford as the Cardinal hosts Washington State at Sunken Diamond, Thursday-Saturday. First pitch is at 6 p.m., on Thursday and Friday, and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Women's golf

The 11th ranked Stanford women's golf team returned to competition Monday after completing winter finals by posting a first-round win in the SDSU March Mayhem at The Farms Golf Club.

The fourth-seed Cardinal defeated 13th-seeded Texas State, 3-2, in the 16-team match play event. The afternoon match against fifth-seeded Arizona State was suspended by darkness, with Stanford leading in three matches and trailing in two in the championship bracket.

The matches will resume Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. PT, with third-round play to follow. The tournament, hosted by San Diego State, concludes Wednesday.

Junior Casey Danielson gave the Cardinal a strong start against Texas State, carding three birdies and never trailed in a 3 and 1 win against Maty Monzingo.

Senior Lauren Kim followed with a 4 and 3 victory against Camile Boeffard, also recording three birdies. Kim pulled away by winning the 10th, 11th and 12th holes.

Senior Mariah Stackhouse closed out Stanford's triumph by beating Anne-Charlotte Mora, 3 and 2. Stackhouse rallied from an early 1-down deficit to win four-consecutive holes and never looked back.

In the afternoon session, Danielson is 2-up through 16 holes, Kim is 1-up after 13, and sophomore Shannon Aubert is 5-up through 12. Stackhouse is 1-down after 12 and junior Quirine Eijkenboom is 4-down through 14.

Men's tennis

Battling weather, the No. 42-ranked Cardinal was able to get one match in of its scheduled doubleheader against Nevada with a 4-0 sweep of the Wolfpack on Monday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium.

Returning to the court for the first time in 15 days due to its annual extended break for final exams, Stanford (7-6) went right to work blanking Nevada (4-9).

After claiming the doubles point with wins in the Nos. 1 and 3 positions, Nolan Paige notched a 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 3 spot while Maciek Romanowicz put away Sandro Lena 6-1, 6-2 at No. 5.

Michael Genender stamped the W in the books at the No. 4 position with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Robert Allan.

Stanford will travel next as it sets to visit Pacific on Wednesday and then open Pac-12 play against Arizona on Friday.

Women's tennis

Stanford's match on Monday against No. 5 Pepperdine was postponed due to rain. The Cardinal (7-3, 2-1 Pac-12) will now host the Waves on Tuesday starting at noon.

Later in the week, the Cardinal welcomes Colorado (Friday at 1:30 p.m.) and Utah (Saturday at noon).

— Stanford Athletics

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