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Cardinal corner: Wrestling home victory, softball road win

Emily Schultz had three hits for the Cardinal. Photo by Karen Ambrose

Pins by Tyler Eischens and Shane Griffith sparked a 25-12 win for No. 14 Stanford over Oregon State, Sunday, at Burnham Pavilion.

Eischens needed 21 seconds to pin Logan Meek at 157 pounds. It was the fastest fall by a Cardinal this season and the sixth for the redshirt freshman. He is now 20-7 overall and 8-3 in duals.

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Griffith followed up at 165 pounds with his team-leading ninth fall of the year. He led Aaron Olmos 9-1 going into the final period. Olmos chose down and Griffith got the turn and secured the pin with 37 seconds left in the period.

Stanford improved to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-12, while Oregon State dropped to 5-6, 0-2 in the conference.

Griffith, who is ranked fourth nationally, is now 24-0 on the season, tying Nick Amuchastegui (2011-12) for the second-longest winning streak in program history.

Redshirt freshman Real Woods, who is No. 3 in the nation at 141 pounds, got the Cardinal on the board with a 9-1 major decision over Grant Willits. He tallied his 12th straight win and improved to 16-1 overall and 7-1 in duals.

Redshirt junior Jared Hill held off Jackson McKinney with a 3-2 decision at 174 pounds. There was no score after the opening period. McKinney went down to start the second and quickly earned the escape. Hill scored a takedown in the second and the score was tied 2-2 going into the third. An escape for Hill to start the third was the difference.

Ranked No. 8, Nathan Traxler picked up his second win of the weekend with a 5-2 decision over J.J. Dixon at 197 pounds. The redshirt junior is now 18-3 overall and 7-2 in duals this season.

Fifth-year senior David Showunmi closed out the dual with a 6-1 decision over Jamarcus Grant at heavyweight. It was the 10th win of the year for Showunmi.

Stanford closes out the home portion of its schedule on Thursday against new Pac-12 member Little Rock. Senior Night begins at 6 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.


Sophomore Emily Schultz went 3-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBIs in helping guide Stanford (5-1) to a 12-3 run-rule victory in five innings over Weber State (3-2) to close play from the GCU Kickoff Tournament on Sunday.

Senior Hannah Howell also drove in a pair, finishing 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two doubles while hitting out of the ninth spot in the order.

Though overshadowed by the outpouring of runs, freshman Tatum Boyd impressed in the circle for the Cardinal. Boyd, who improved to 2-0 with the victory, tossed three perfect frames and struck out two before giving way to the bullpen in the fourth.

Freshman Alana Vawter went the next 1.2 innings before senior Kiana Pancino recorded the final out in the fifth.

Women's tennis

No. 1 Stanford dropped a 4-0 decision to No. 4 UCLA on Sunday afternoon in the semifinals of the ITA National Team Indoor Championships.

Stanford (5-1), which had held the upper hand with six consecutive wins in the series, suffered its first loss to UCLA since March 21, 2015, when the Bruins won 5-2 in Los Angeles.

The Cardinal also was held scoreless in a match for the first time since Feb. 3, 2018, when Vanderbilt prevailed 7-0 in Nashville.

Stanford lost for only the eighth time in the last four years.

After the Bruins (7-0) captured the doubles point, Jada Hart and Abbey Forbes posted straight-set victories.

Sasha Vagramov provided the clincher, defeating Emma Higuchi 6-3, 6-3.

Stanford returns to action on Friday, hosting UC Davis at 3 p.m.

Women's golf

Stanford began its spring season on Sunday at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. The Cardinal, featuring a much-different lineup than they began the season after heralded seniors Andrea Lee and Albane Valenzuela turned professional this fall, is currently ninth at 10-over.

Play was also suspended for approximately 90 minutes early in Sunday's round due to storms that came through the area, and play was also halted due to darkness on Sunday night with the Cardinal still on the course.

Stanford is led by its lone senior in the lineup, Ziyi Wang, who is 1-over. Freshman Angelina Ye and sophomore Aline Krauter are also in the Top 20 at 2-over, through 16 holes. Wang and sophomore Calista Reyes were the only two Cardinal to conclude their rounds on Sunday.

— Staff report

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