Cardinal corner: Softball sweeps at Kajikawa Classic


Senior Carolyn Lee pitched a five-hitter to help the Stanford softball team beat Western Michigan 5-1 Saturday morning in the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe.

In the afternoon, Kiana Pancino came on to pitch with the bases loaded in the seventh and recorded the final two outs to preserve Stanford's 6-4 victory over Seattle.

It was all Lee in the opener. She needed a frugal 64 pitches to complete the win over Western Michigan.

The Cardinal (4-0) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open what had been a pitching duel.

Freshman Emily Klingaman went 2-for-2 with a triple, four RBI and her first career home run, a three-run shot to give Stanford some breathing room breathing room.

Against Seattle, Maddy Dwyer carried a four-hitter into the seventh inning before running into trouble.

Kristina Inouye continued her torrid start, launching a two-run home run out to left field to add what proved to be two big insurance runs. The homer was Inouye's first of the year, but was also her seventh hit in 12 at bats. She has 11 RBIs.

Teaghan Cowles went 1-for-4 with a run scored but it was her defense in left field that was the highlight. With a runner aboard in the sixth, Cowles broke back on a deep fly ball off the bat of Madison Cathcart, making the catch and crashing through the fence to secure the out. Were it not for the heroics, the Redhawks would have cut the Stanford advantage to one at 4-3.

Stanford looks to finish perfect at the Kajikawa Classic on Sunday, meeting Weber State at 10:30 a.m. in a game that will air live on Pac-12 Networks.

Men's golf

Junior Henry Shimp earned the second-best finish of his college career to spark Stanford at the 28th Amer Ari Invitational.

After opening with scores of 71 and 68 on the Kings' Course, Shimp added an even-par 72 in Saturday's last round and tied for 22nd at 5-under 211. His top showing for the Cardinal is a tie for 20th last year at The Goodwin.

Stanford placed 13th in the strong 18-team field, improving one spot from Friday. The Cardinal registered scores of 290-284-292 to conclude at 2-over 866 in its first tournament of the spring season.

Top-ranked Oklahoma State won with a 47-under total of 817.

"We didn't have our best stuff this week but the guys hung in there until the very end," said Cardinal coach Conrad Ray. "We have been working hard so the results will come."

Shimp was Stanford's most consistent performer. On Saturday, he made three birdies and three bogeys.

Senior Brandon Wu had his best round of the tournament with a 3-under 69 and tied for 30th at 3-under 213. He fashioned a team-best five birdies.

Sophomore Nate Menon (78) tied for 75th at 6-over 222, followed by senior Christopher Meyers (74), who earned a share of 81st at 7-over 223. Senior Isaiah Salinda (77) recorded his second eagle of the event on Saturday and placed 81st at 8-over 224.

Competing individually, freshman Freddie Lee (72) tied for 72nd at 4-over 220.

Matthew Wolff of Oklahoma State was the medalist at 18-under 198.

Stanford resumes competition in La Quinta on Feb. 18-20 at The Prestige Presented by Charles Schwab. The 15-team tournament includes three of the last four NCAA team champions: Oklahoma State (2018), Oregon (2016) and LSU (2015). All three rounds will be televised on live stream.

"Playing in warm weather against a top-flight field was a great way to knock some of the rust off," Ray said. "We're looking forward to competing at The Prestige."


No. 9 Nathan Traxler and No. 15 Requir van der Merwe notched wins, but No. 25 Stanford fell 30-7 at Indiana, Saturday, in Wilkinson Hall.

Stanford lost eight of the 10 bouts to drop to 7-3 overall, while Indiana moved to 5-10.

Stanford gave up six to start the dual as it forfeited at 133 pounds. The Cardinal found itself down 9-0 after Brandon Kier dropped a 7-2 decision to Kyle Luigs at 141 pounds.

van der Merwe put three on the board for the Cardinal with a 3-1 decision over Fernie Silva at 149 pounds. Ranked No. 15, van der Merwe led 3-0 after two periods. Silva scored an escape in the third and was in on a shot late, but van der Merwe held him off as time ran out. van der Merwe is now 20-6 overall and 9-1 in duals this season.

The Hoosiers won the next four bouts to push their lead to 22-3 before the Cardinal would score again.

Men's gymnastics

Highlighted by the best pommel horse score in the nation this year (69.000), Stanford recorded a 415.800 team score to best California (404.000) on Saturday night from Haas Pavilion.

The Cardinal won five of the six events on Saturday night, with Ryan Sheppard and Bryan Perla sharing top honors on the floor, Trevor DiGerolamo winning the still rings, Connor Lewis capturing the vault, Brody Malone finishing first in the parallel bars, and David Jessen topping all-comers in the high bar.

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