Cardinal men advance to finals of NCAA gymnastics meet


The second-ranked Stanford men's gymnastics team finished first at the NCAA championship preliminaries on Friday, qualifying for Saturday's NCAA championship finals for the 11th consecutive season.

The Cardinal scored 434.350 to finish first ahead of Ohio State (433.400), Illinois (432.050), Iowa (423.250), Michigan (422.150) and Air Force (412.650).

Beau Branton
Ohio State and Illinois also advance to Saturday night's final with the Cardinal, beginning at 4 p.m. Stanford is in pursuit of its sixth NCAA title.

Stanford recorded top event scores on pommel horse (73.100), rings (72.500), parallel bars (71.700) and high bar (72.050). Eight Stanford gymnasts combined for 15 top-10 finishes.

The reigning three-time MPSF Gymnast of the Year, Akash Modi tied for first in the pommel horse on the day (15.400) and took 11th on high bar (14.300), 10th in floor (14.500), 13th in vault (14.900) and 18th in parallel bars (13.850). He did not compete in rings.

Dennis Zaremski finished second on the parallel bars, scoring a 15.100.

Brian Knott showcased a solid performance taking third in high bar (15.000) and parallel bars (15.000) and seventh in pommel horse (15.050).

Gabe Flores fired up to stick a career-best in vault with a 15.300, which took third in the event as Taylor Seaton stepped up to take second with a 15.350.

It was an up-and-down meet for the Cardinal who stumbled in a few events until surging at the end in the last two events.


Stanford ran into a one of the Pac-12 Conference's hottest pitchers on Friday, and was unable to cool him off in a 4-1 defeat to host Arizona at Hi Corbett Field.

Cardinal freshman Tristan Beck allowed just one run on three hits in five innings, but Stanford managed just five hits and one late run in the ninth on a windy night in Tucson.

Neither team scored in the first half of the ball game, but both teams did threaten. Nico Hoerner and Alex Dunlap doubled in the first and second, respectively, for the Cardinal, but both were stranded.

The Wildcats had runners at first and second in the first, and runners at the corners in the second, but Beck escaped each time.

After Dunlap's double, the Cardinal did not have a base runner again until Beau Branton's pinch-hit infield single to lead off the ninth.

Wildcats starter and reigning Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week, Nathan Bannister, retired 20 straight Cardinal batters. Bannister, who is now 5-0 with an ERA below 1.00 at home this season, extended his scoreless innings streak to 18.

In the ninth, Branton advanced to second on a ground out, moved to third on a single by Hoerner, and scored on Mikey Diekroeger's opposite-field single to left.


No. 9 Stanford scored 13 consecutive goals en route to an 18-6 victory over host Fresno State in a Mountain Sports Pacific Federation match on Friday.

Elizabeth Cusick netted four of those goals as the Cardinal (11-2, 6-0 MPSF) won its fourth straight.

Kelsey Murray opened the scoring for Stanford in the first two minutes of play. Cusick followed with a goal less than 25 seconds later.

Fresno State (4-9, 1-6 MPSF) got one back before Stanford unleashed a barrage of offense on the Bulldogs.

The Cardinal went on an 11-goal tear to end the half, with Mackenzie Tesei, Anna Salemo, Kelly Myers and Elizabeth Cusick all dropping two in for Stanford as it rolled into the intermission up 13-1.

Murray and Monika Sivilli scored to start the second half before the Bulldogs stopped the streak.

Julia Massaro and Cusick returned the favor and Paige Southmayd put the nightcap on the game with less than 10 minutes remaining.

The Cardinal returns home on Sunday to host UC Davis in its final home game of the regular season. Game time is set for noon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The seniors will be honored prior to the game.


Kylie Sorenson launched her team-leading eighth home run of the season and Carolyn Lee tossed her 12th complete game, but No. 17 Arizona took game one of a Pac-12 series with the Cardinal, 5-3, at Smith Family Stadium on Friday night.

Sorenson's fifth-inning bomb was the game's only extra-base hit. Arizona (29-12, 6-4 Pac-12) had 11 singles, scoring twice in the first and once each in the second, third and sixth.

The Cardinal (13-21, 0-10 Pac-12) was down 3-0 in the second when Victoria Molina led the inning off with a walk and Lauren Wegner followed with a single to put runners on first and second with nobody out.

Arden Pettit advanced both with a groundout to second before Savannah Schulze knocked one off the foot of Arizona's first baseman.

Joelle Krist's kick allowed Molina and Wegner to cross the plate and pulled Stanford within one.

— Stanford Athletics

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