Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger homered among his three hits to give Stanford the lead in the seventh inning and the Cardinal rallied from a six-run deficit to beat visiting USC, 11-8, and even the Pac-12 Conference series Saturday at Sunken Diamond.
The Cardinal (13-8, 3-2 Pac-12) trailed 8-2 in the fourth inning, and was down five entering the sixth. That's when the Stanford offense exploded for five runs to tie the game, followed by a go-ahead solo home run by Diekroeger in the seventh, and two insurance runs in the eighth.
USC scored five runs with two outs in the second inning, including the first of three home runs on the day. Stanford's pitching staff had allowed just two home runs in the first 20 games, which was the fewest in the nation.
The Cardinal answered with two in the bottom half. Sophomore Matt Winaker led off with a walk and scored on Diekroeger's double down the right field line. Freshman Duke Kinamon later scored Diekroeger on an RBI groundout.
USC (12-13, 3-2 Pac-12) came right back with two more homers and three runs in the top of the fourth.
Diekroeger, who went 3-for-3 with three extra base hits and a career-high four runs -- helped to keep Stanford within striking distance. He doubled again and scored on freshman Brandon Wulff's groundout to pull the Cardinal within 8-3 after four.
It remained that way until the sixth. Stanford scored its first three runs with just one hit, and before USC recorded an out. The Cardinal took advantage of a hit by pitch, two walks and two wild pitches to pull within 8-6. Junior shortstop Tommy Edman laced a one-out, two-run single to left to tie the game and cap the five-run rally.
After Diekroeger put Stanford ahead, the Cardinal added two more runs, including one on a RBI single from Quinn Brodey.
NOTES: In Stanford's 13 wins, Diekroeger has five game-winning RBI this season ... Stanford scored 11 runs the day after they were shut out for the second time this season. ... Sunday's series finale and rubber match can be seen nationally on Pac-12 Network at 4 p.m.
No. 18 Stanford blanked short-handed Oregon, 7-0, Saturday at Taube Family Tennis Stadium, notching its third straight shutout and sixth overall.
The Cardinal (10-4, 5-1 Pac-12) made quick work of the Ducks (11-7, 3-5 Pac-12), who fielded a lineup of only four available players due to various injuries throughout the roster.
Leading 1-0 after doubles, Stanford automatically moved in front 3-0 when Oregon was forced to default the singles matches at the Nos. 5 and 6 spots.
The clincher came from Caroline Lampl, who delivered a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Paloma Gomez on court four.
Taylor Davidson breezed to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 2 spot, stretching Stanford's lead to 5-0.
Krista Hardebeck and Carol Zhao were both tested late in their matches, but pulled out victories to complete the shutout.
Hardebeck and Lindsey Kostas were honored in a ceremony prior to the doubles competition. Members of Stanford's 2013 NCAA championship team that won it all as a No. 12 seed, Hardebeck and Kostas have been part of 70 victories on The Farm during their careers, while also guiding the Cardinal to 13 postseason wins.
Stanford's focus now shifts to Sunday's 11 a.m. match at rival California (16-0, 5-0 Pac-12), which has held down the nation's No. 1 ranking for all but one week since mid-February.
While only the April 16 rematch at Taube will serve as the official Pac-12 counting match, Stanford is searching for another signature victory to strengthen its NCAA-hosting resume.
Women's water polo
Jamie Neushul fired home two fourth-quarter goals as part of her eighth hat trick of the season and No. 3 Stanford outscored No. 23 CSU Bakersfield by five in the second half to beat the host Roadrunners on Saturday, 12-5.
Katie Dudley and Gurpreet Sohi added multi-goal efforts for the Cardinal while Julia Hermann made seven saves in the cage. Stanford (17-2, 3-0) extended its MPSF regular-season win streak to 42 and will be at home for three of its final four games before the MPSF Tournament begins back in Bakersfield on April 29.
Stanford scored the game's first five before CSUB answered with three straight to pull within two at halftime. It was all Cardinal coming out of the break as Dani Jackovich got things going for Stanford with her 21st goal of the season at the 7:39 mark of the third quarter. Sohi converted a penalty at 4:12 and Madison Berggren scored for the fourth straight game when she put hers home with eight seconds remaining in the period.
Sohi led things off for Stanford in the fourth at 5:13 and Neushul followed with goals at 4:30 and 1:52 to up her team-leading total to 36 this season. Anna Yelizarova capped off Stanford's second-half scoring barrage with six seconds remaining in the contest.
Stanford's varsity eight won both of its races on Saturday to lead the Cardinal at the fourth annual Oregon State Classic at Dexter Lake in Oregon.
Stanford, ranked sixth nationally, went head-to-head with No.8 Washington during the morning session. In a close race throughout, the Cardinal varsity eight edged the Huskies by a couple seats, 6:20.85 6:21.50.
UW (6:30.34) took the win over Stanford (6:38.87) in the second varsity eight and the Huskies (7:14.19) captured the victory over the Cardinal (7:22.29) in the varsity four.
The afternoon session saw more exciting racing, as Stanford went up against Oregon State, Oklahoma, UCF and the Huskies in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and varsity four.
The Cardinal varsity eight won by open water in the five-team race, crossing the finish line in 6:52.20, ahead of second-place Washington (6:56.09), third-place Oregon State (7:13.26), fourth-place Oklahoma (7:21.34) and fifth-place UCF (7:24.31).
Stanford's second varsity eight (7:18.21) placed second to Washington (7:05.69), while the Cardinal's varsity four (7:52.05) also finished second to the Huskies (7:46.20) in the five-boat races.
The varsity eight has captured the victory in three of the four races it has competed in through the first two regattas of the season.
Stanford will next head to the Lake Natoma Invitational in Gold River, Calif., April 16-17.
Both of Stanford entries in the San Diego Crew Classic advanced to Sunday's Grand Final with impressive performances Saturday on Mission Bay.
"Excellent racing in today's heats for the one and two varsity eights," said Stanford coach Craig Amerkhanian. "Our team goal is to get on the podium in Sunday's finals. Our team is 'All In' to race fierce tomorrow."
Stanford's varsity eight, ranked No. 15 nationally, placed second in its heat on Saturday to advance to Sunday's Grand Final and compete for the Copley Cup. The Cardinal's top boat raced down the 2,000-meter course in 6:01.143 to place second behind No. 2 California. Michigan Rowing Association (6:08.519) was third in the heat, while UC Santa Barbara (612.477) placed fourth.
Stanford will face California, Yale, Drexel, Michigan Rowing Association, Oregon State UC Santa Barbara and Brock in Sunday's Grand Final at 10:08 a.m.
The second varsity eight took second place in its heat on Saturday, finishing the course in 6:16.013. Yale (6:08.122) captured the heat, while Santa Clara (6:28.057) placed third, UC San Diego (6:33.834) finished fourth and San Diego State (6:58.977) was fifth.
The Cardinal second varsity eight moves on to Sunday's Grand Final where it will compete for the Sharp Cabrillo Cup at 9:28 a.m. PT against California, Yale, Oregon State, Michigan Rowing Association and Drexel.
Stanford rebounded from a loss against USF earlier in the week to defeat Oregon, 3-2, and Portland, 4-1, in dual matches on Saturday at the Delta Owens Sports Complex.
"On the whole, it was a very good day. We got two wins and that will really help us going forward," said Cardinal coach Denise Corlett. "Hayley and Payton have become our most consistent pair in terms of wins, and there is still a lot more potential for them."
Stanford (4-3) got the day started with a 3-2 win against Oregon (0-2), the tournament hosts. Merete Lutz and Halland McKenna put the Cardinal on the board first, winning 21-9, 21-14 at the number three spot. Tami Alade and Karina Robinson lost a thriller, 22-20, 15-21, 16-14, in the number five position to even the score at one apiece.
Courtney Bowen and Jenn DiSanto restored Stanford's lead heading into the final two games, winning 21-18, 16-21, 15-11, at the number three hole. Hodson and Chang clinched the match for the Cardinal, winning 24-22, 21-18 at the top spot.
Ivana Vanjak and Catherine Raquel lost the number two match, 21-10, 21-19, while Alexis Froistad and Robinson won the exhibition match, 21-18, 21-9.
The Cardinal continued its strong play with a 4-1 win against Portland (0-2) later in the afternoon. Alade and Robinson rebounded from their earlier loss, winning 21-9, 21-11 to give Stanford the lead.
Lutz and McKenna capped an undefeated day with a 21-14, 19-21, 15-11 win at the three spot to extend the lead, while Bowen and DiSanto lost a three-setter at the number four position, 22-20, 10-21, 15-12.
"Merete and Halland were very consistent all day," said Corlett. "Our other two pairs of Courtney Bowen and Jenn DiSanto, and Tami Alade and Karina Robinson also had a good day."
Stanford's top two pairs shut the door on the Pilots, with Vanjak and Raquel clinching the match for Stanford at the number two spot. They won, 21-14, 21-9, while the top pair of Hodson and Chang came back from a first-set loss to win, 20-22, 21-17, 15-7.
"Catherine and Ivana did a fantastic job bouncing back from the first match to clinch for us against Portland," added Corlett. "Boise State was also 2-0 today, so we are looking forward to a good test tomorrow."
Stanford returns to action Sunday at noon, taking on Boise State in the final match of the weekend.
==B Men's tennis =
Stanford suffered its second loss of the weekend Friday afternoon in a 6-1 loss to No. 9 USC.
The Cardinal (10-6, 2-2 Pac-12) seized a 1-0 lead after capturing the doubles point, but was unable to hold off the Trojans (13-1, 3-1 Pac-12), who have won three straight matches.
Yale Goldberg and Sameer Kumar opened up the match by outlasting Jake DeVine and Thibault Forget 6-3.
The doubles point was secured on court as Stanford's top duo of Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz posted a 6-4 victory over the 38th-ranked pairing of Nick Crystal and Laurens Verboven.
USC then swept all six singles spots, although Stanford was competitive at almost every spot in the lineup.as Nolan Paige, Michael Genender and David Wilczynski all forced third sets in their matches.
Stanford returns home this week to host Pac-12 action with Oregon and Washington set to face-off in Taube Family Tennis Center on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
A grand slam by Oregon State in the top of the fifth inning turned a close battle into a run-rule victory for the Beavers Saturday night as Stanford dropped a 9-1 decision in five innings.
The Cardinal (12-16, 0-5 Pac-12) found itself in an early 5-0 hole after the first two and a half innings but Kylie Sorenson hit a home run in the bottom of the third to cut the Beavers' (23-9-1, 3-5 Pac-12) advantage to 5-1.