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Cardinal corner: Softball, tennis continue winning ways

 

The 25th-ranked Stanford softball team turned a six-run second inning into a 6-2 series-clinching win over Utah on Sunday from Smith Family Stadium. The Cardinal also received a strong pitching performance from starter Carolyn Lee and closer Kiana Pancino.

The Cardinal sent 10 batters to the plate in the second, scoring the six runs on four hits and one error.

A one-out double from Emily Young got the ball rolling before Emily Schultz walked to put two aboard. A wild pitch advanced the runners and set the table for an RBI-ground ball to second from Taylor Gindlesperger. The throw to the plate on that play was wide of home, allowing a second run to score and leaving Gindlesperger at second.

Following another wild pitch, Teaghan Cowles drew a walk and stole second. Utah managed to induce a ground ball for an out at home on the ensuing play but Stanford wouldn't let the inning die without more production.

Continuing a season-long trend, Stanford swung the bat well with two outs. Kristina Inouye, who collected two hits on the afternoon, delivered a two-RBI single.

After a Montana Dixon single once again put two runners on, Whitney Burks capped the scoring run with a two-RBI single of her own.

Lee got the start for Stanford and picked up the win after tossing the first four innings while allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts.

The native of San Ramon improved to 10-3 with the victory. Junior Kiana Pancino took the Card the rest of the way, logging three innings and allowing just one run on two hits with two strikeouts to pick up her eighth save of the year.

Stanford played stellar defense throughout the contest, eventually limiting Utah to the two runs on six hits.

Stanford's 30-7 overall record matches the best start since opening the 2010 season at 30-7. In addition, the Cardinal's 7-2 mark in Pac-12 play is the best since the 2005 squad went 9-2 to begin the conference slate.

The Cardinal will return to action on April 18 when it opens a three-game Pac-12 series at Arizona.

Women's tennis

No. 3 Stanford completed a sweep of its Mountain road swing, breezing past Colorado 4-0 on Sunday morning.

Winners of 13 in a row, the Cardinal (18-1, 9-0) concluded the week atop the Pac-12 standings with only next week's match at California remaining in the regular season.

Three-time defending Pac-12 champion Stanford has now won 36 straight regular-season conference matches dating back to March 5, 2016, when it lost 4-3 at Arizona State.

Stanford notched its fourth straight shutout and 12th overall. The Cardinal has not surrendered a point since edging USC 4-3 on March 30.

Leading 1-0 after doubles, Emma Higuchi delivered a 6-3, 6-0 victory at No. 6 before Michaela Gordon added a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 1.

The clincher came on court two from Melissa Lord, who defeated Monica Malinen 6-1, 6-2 before the match was halted.

Stanford and California square off Saturday at noon in Berkeley.

Lacrosse

Senior Julia Massaro obliterated the school record with 18 draw controls to lead No. 18 Stanford women's lacrosse to an 18-12 victory over Oregon on Sunday afternoon at Pape Field.

By halftime, Massaro had already tied her previous school record with 11 draw controls, which she set at Cal last season (April 20, 2018). En route to the record, she also became the first player in school history to eclipse 200 career draw controls.

Sophomore Ali Baiocco recorded a career-high eight points with a team-best five goals and three assists.

Stanford (11-4, 6-3 Pac-12) won its third straight and never trailed. Four different goal scorers gave the Cardinal a 4-0 lead less than three minutes into the contest.

Oregon (3-13, 1-8) responded with the next three, but Stanford scored six of the next seven and nine of the last 11 of the half. Baiocco scored three straight times in a seven-minute span for a 10-4 lead, and junior captain Mikaela Watson capped the first half with a goal in the final minute to send the Cardinal into the intermission with a 12-5 advantage.

Senior Areta Buness registered her 100th career point with a goal in the second half that gave Stanford a 14-5 lead with 28:34 left.

Sophomore Katherine Gjertsen gave Stanford its largest lead, 16-6, with 20:46 remaining.

Stanford returns home for Senior Day on Friday against Cal. The regular season finale will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks at 5 p.m.

Stanford has clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the Pac-12 Tournament, which begins on April 25 in Eugene.

Men's crew

Led by a victory from the Varsity Eight in the day's final race, the Cardinal wrapped up competition on Sunday at the Stanford Invitational.

The Varsity Eight of Ryan Buchanan, Martin Amethier, Bart Scherpbier, Peter Chatain, James Wright, Nikita Lilichenko, Nick Mayhew, Drew Taylor, Will Nuelle produced a time of 5:56.6, clocking in ahead of Wisconsin at 5:58.3.

Stanford's two other boats in action - the Second Varsity Eight and Third Varsity Eight - placed second in their races against Wisconsin.

The Cardinal returns to action on Saturday, April 27, squaring off against California in the Big Row.

Women's crew

Four of Stanford's boats competed in races at the Grand Finals of the Knecht Cup on Sunday.

Stanford's lightweight eight and varsity eight boats both placed first in their respective races.

The Cardinal's lightweight four placed third with a time of 7:37.11, just behind Boston University (7:34.41) and Princeton (7:34.39). In the varsity four, Stanford placed fourth after finishing just five seconds behind Boston University.

Stanford returns home for the Cal Lightweights which will take place all day on Saturday.

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