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Cardinal corner: Walk-off home run in extra innings earns a DH split

Taylor Gindlesperger heads for and a celebration aftert hitting a walk-off home run Thursday night. Photo by Karen Ambrose Hickey/

Taylor Gindlesperger hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift Stanford past visiting Seattle 3-1 in the nightcap of a nonconference softball doubleheader Thursday.

The walk-off four-bagger, Stanford's first in nearly five years, took the sting off a 5-4 loss in game one in which Seattle scored five unearned runs.

Taylor Gindlesperger /Stanford Athletics
Cardinal starter Tatum Boyd came within two outs of a complete-game shutout, giving up a pinch hit, RBI double in the top of the seventh. A two-out single nearly gave Seattle the lead but a perfect throw from right fielder Teaghan Cowles to catcher Montana Dixon nailed to potential winning run at the plate.

Cowles led off the 10th with a single and scored ahead of Gindlesperger. She also drew a pair of walks as Stanford (6-2) won its fourth game in its final at-bat.

Boyd took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with a four-hitter over 7 1/3 innings. Kiana Pancino (2-0), Stanford's closer, threw the final 2 2/3 innings, allowing one hit, to gain the victory.

Kaitlyn Lim added a pair of hits, including a double. Sydney Steele scored Stanford's first run in the second. She led off the inning with a single, advanced on Emily Schultz's single and advanced to third on a fielder's choice. Emily Young stole second and Steele scored on the play when the throw awry.

Kristina Inouye, Schultz and Steele each collected two hits in the first game. Steele doubled home a pair of runs in the fifth.

Stanford hosts Hofstra (20-27 last year) and Drake in a series of games as part of the Stanford Invitational beginning Friday. The Cardinal plays Hofstra, who was 41-14 two years and played in the Columbia Regional, at 5 p.m.

Hofstra reached the championship game of the 2004 NCAA regional at Stanford, forcing an if-necessary game before losing to the Cardinal, a team that featured senior catcher Jessica Allister, now in her third year as the Stanford coach.

Track and field

Ashlan Best produced a runner-up finish in the 200, highlighting Stanford's opening day of competition at the Don Kirby Invitational.

Best clocked in at 23.62, slightly behind the pace set by Arizona State's Josephine Anokye at 23.57.

Max McKhann also contributed a top-10 finish, finishing ninth in the 35-pound weight throw with a mark of 18.62m.

Laurel Wong finished with the third-best mark in the pole vault at 3.86m.

Meanwhile, football All-American cornerback Paulson Adebo made his Cardinal track and field debut, checking in with a time of 51.44 in the 400.

This weekend's meet allows Stanford to take advantage of the 5,300-foot altitude at the Albuquerque Convention Center, which is the host site of next month's NCAA Championships.

The Cardinal returns to action Friday when its distance runners are set to compete at the Husky Classic at Dempsey Indoor (307-meter flat track) in Seattle.

— Staff report

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