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Lack of offense hurts Stanford in Pac-12 baseball loss

 

Good things happened, though it was not a good day overall for Stanford's athletic teams, with team sports winless in five competitions during the day.

The Cardinal baseball team dropped a pitcher's duel, 3-2, to visiting Arizona State on Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference contest.


Michaela Michael
Tristan Beck struck out 11 in his 6 1/3 innings of work, giving up three runs on five hits. He walked two, one of whom scored.

Mark Appel was the last Stanford pitcher to strike out as many as 11 when he did so against California on May 17, 2013.

"You tip your hat to the other pitcher," Beck said. "It was a hard-fought loss. I felt like I had good location and their hitters just battled. Williams had three great at bats."

Arizona State's Tyler Williams drove in two runs, each time after forcing Beck to throw extra pitches.

Sun Devils' starter Seth Martinez tossed his second complete game of the season and his ninth quality start in 10 outings.

"It was a great baseball game," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "Beck pitched a fantastic game. He's pitched great in all but a couple games. Their guy is not overpowering but he's not overpowering."

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger helped get the Cardinal on the scoreboard. He tripled and scored on Quinn Brodey's sacrifice fly in the third.

Jack Klein doubled in the fourth and scored on a single from Tommy Edman, who managed to punch the ball just over the shortstop.

"We've won a lot of games when we haven't scored a lot of runs," Marquess said. "We're still in it because every team has lost a few. It's never been like this."

Stanford has lost four of its last five, but with conference-leader Utah losing to Oregon State, the quagmire that is the Pac-12 standings will likely continue.

The same teams go at it again Saturday at 2 p.m.

Lacrosse

No. 9 Stanford scored six straight goals in a second half rally that fell one goal short in a tantalizingly close, 10-9, setback to host USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, home to a pair of Olympic Games.

Menlo School grad Michaela Michael, among those on the watch list for Lacrosse's highest award, scored four goals and assisted on two others for the Trojans, who claimed the MPSF regular-season title and the top seed for the conference tournament.

USC (16-0, 8-0 MPSF) dominated the first half, outdrawing the Cardinal, 7-5, while winning in shots and ground balls.

Stanford struck first. Elizabeth Cusick buried a free position shot, though four unanswered USC goals rapidly changed the script.

Stanford (12-3, 7-1 MPSF) fought back with two goals -- from Alex Poplawski and Cusick -- but the Women of Troy continued to power past the Cardinal and head into the break up, 8-3.

The Trojans are the nation's top-ranked team in offense and defense.

A timeout, with just over 18 minutes remaining, was used to motivate Stanford, which returned to form with six unanswered goals, two from Dillon Schoen, to pull within a goal of USC with three minutes remaining.

In the half, the Cardinal outshot USC while pulling in seven to the Women of Troy's two ground balls. Stanford had a chance at the equalizer in the last minute of play, but a costly turnover proved to be end of Stanford's rally that saw its 18-game MPSF win streak come to an end.

Softball

Stanford was unable to avoid multiple big innings by Utah on Friday and dropped both games of a Pac-12 doubleheader, 13-0 and 8-6, to the host Utes.

The Cardinal (13-25, 0-14 Pac-12) had trouble limiting the damage in the first game, as Utah scored 12 of its 13 runs with two outs.

Jessica Plaza and Lauren Wegner contributed Stanford's two hits in the game in back-to-back at-bats in the first inning.

Carolyn Lee (6-15) got the start in the circle and went two innings, permitting seven runs – three earned – on six hits and three walks. Haley Snyder came in as relief in the third inning and allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in a pair of innings.

Stanford put together a two-out rally in the bottom of the first inning but could not capitalize. Jessica Plaza hit a double to the right-center field gap and Wegner followed with a single up the middle to put runners on first and third.

That was all the Cardinal would get, going hitless in the final four innings.

The Cardinal found itself in an early hole when Utah's Anissa Urtez hit a two-run home run to left field in the bottom half of the first inning.

In the second game, Stanford scored four runs in the top of the seventh but never got the tying run to the plate.

Lee retired six of first eight batters but ran into trouble in the bottom of the third inning. Utah loaded the bases with no outs and Anissa Urtez doubled down the left field line to plate two runs. After a walk reloaded the bases, Kristen Stewart hit a three-RBI double to give the Utes a 5-0 lead. Utah added two additional runs to extend its lead to 7-0.

Snyder entered the game in the third inning and shut down Utah's lineup, permitting just one run on four hits with a strikeout in 3 1/3 innings.

Stanford broke through in the top of the fourth inning, scoring two runs to cut Utah's lead to 7-2. Plaza got the rally going with her second double of the day, a shot to the right-center field gap. Snyder brought her home with a double of her own – this time to center field.

The Cardinal generated another quality scoring opportunity in the fifth inning with its first two runners reaching base. However, a double play halted the rally and Stanford could not find the hits needed to cut into Utah's lead.

The Utes added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to make the score 8-2.

The Cardinal continued to battle and rallied for four runs with two outs in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second, Plaza hit an RBI-single to center field to cut the deficit to 8-3.

Wegner followed with a three-run home run to left field to close the gap to 8-6. It was her first home run of the season and second of her career.

The Cardinal looks to take the finale Saturday at 4 p.m. (PT).

Men's tennis

Stanford fell short in its bid for back-to-back Pac-12 Championship final appearances, falling, 4-1, to No. 2 and top-seeded UCLA Friday in Ojai.

The Cardinal (14-10)took the lead after grabbing the doubles point from the Bruins for the third time this season. Tom Fawcett and Maciek Romanowicz made quick work of the fifth-ranked Bruin duo of Martin Redlicki and Mackenzie McDonald at the No. 1 spot with a 6-2 win before David Wilczynski and Nolan Paige battled to a 7-5 win at No. 2.

The Bruins (21-2) fired back to dictate the match in singles though, collecting straight-set wins at courts four and six. No. 10 Mackenzie McDonald brought the Bruins within striking distance with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 12th-ranked Tom Fawcett at No. 1.

The clincher came at court three as No. 55 Gage Brymer closed it out for UCLA with a 6-2, 6-4 win over No. 77 David Wilczynski.

Stanford will find out its postseason status this week as the NCAA reveals the tournament bracket. NCAA Tournament play begins May 13.

Women tennis

The doubles team of Melissa Lord and Carol Zhao has booked a spot in Saturday's semifinal round of the Pac-12 Championships.

The Cardinal is also represented in the Invitational Division, with Krista Hardebeck and Caroline Lampl into Saturday's semifinals.

Meanwhile, Lampl and Lord remain in contention for singles in the Invitational Division.

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