March 8, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. -
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Tyler Gaffney has a chance to replace Toby Gerhart in not just one, but two sports. Gaffney, the heir apparent to the Heisman Trophy runner-up at tailback on the football team, also has taken ownership of Gerhart's left field spot on the baseball team. In nine games and three starts, Gaffney is hitting .455 with four runs, two doubles and a triple for a .818 slugging percentage over 14 plate appearances.
Landry Fields scored in double figures in all 30 regular-season games. The last Stanford player to reach double figures for an entire season, including postseason, was Adam Keefe in 1991-92 (29 games).
With Saturday's victory over California, Stanford finished the Pac-10 season with an 18-0 mark. It is the Cardinal's fifth perfect Pac-10 season, and first since 2002. The others were 1989, 1996, and 1997.
Jayne Appel had her streak of 138 consecutive games and 105 straight starts snapped when she missed Saturday's game with a sprained right ankle.
Joseph Bramlett returned to competition last week after a pair of wrist injuries forced him to miss most of his sophomore and junior seasons. Bramlett placed 16th at the USC Collegiate Invitational at the par-71 North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, shooting rounds of 68, 73 and 71.
Stanford continues to be the No. 1 ranked team in the nation on vault. In Sunday's triangular meet victories over No. 1 Oklahoma and Nebraska, the Cardinal scored a NCAA season high on vault of 65.55. The Cardinal had five athletes score 16 points or more - Alex Buscaglia, Josh Dixon, Tim Gentry, Eric Hergenrader, and Eddie Penev.
A week after suffering a nasty fall on the balance beam, Shelley Alexander rebounded with a 9.925 at San Jose State on Friday. The score was a massive improvement over her previous collegiate career best of 9.875 and also helped highlight a strong Stanford performance on an apparatus that has been the team's weakest link this season. Stanford scored a 49.425 on the beam for its second-best score of the year.
Claire Hubbard recorded eight assists last week in victories over Davidson and No. 14 Vanderbilt. Hubbard now has 60 assists for her career, just 10 off the Stanford all-time record.
Junior Ben Pedrick continues to be on the starboard (right) track this winter, as part of the Stanford team that captured a sail-off at the McIntyre event this weekend off the Port of Redwood City. Pedrick, who was a conference sailor of the week honoree earlier this year, also has been a part of a winning team at the North regional regattas.
A pair of freshmen led Stanford to a 3-1 record at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton, Calif., over the weekend. Shortstop Jenna Rich hit .500, with three home runs, a double, six runs scored and seven RBI to post a 1.333 slugging percentage. Pitcher Teagan Gerhart was 2-1, struck out 17 batters and allowed just three runs in 23 innings. One of her wins was a shutout of No. 3 Florida.
The Cardinal won its 29th consecutive Pac-10 title, and was able to accomplish the feat despite losing two of its most valuable performers midway through the season - sprinter Austin Staab left the team for personal reasons in January and top diver Dwight Dumais injured his shoulder. Senior Eugene Godsoe was named the Pac-10's Swimmer of the Meet after defending his titles in both the 100- and 200-yard backstrokes. The Cardinal won seven titles and finished second in 11 events on the way to edging runner-up Cal.
The U.S. Collegiate National Championships get underway this week at the Avery Aquatic Center. Stanford, competing for its fifth national title in six years, will be among 21 teams at the event.
Stanford is back in action on March 21 at Illinois when the Cardinal will face its first pure road dual match of the season. Previous road duals came in the National Indoor Championships.
Hilary Barte did her part in Stanford's 5-2 win over Cal this past weekend, beating Cal's Jana Juricova, ranked No. 2 nationally, by a 6-3, 6-3 score. Barte, ranked No. 9, is 11-2 against nationally-ranked opponents this season and, perhaps even more impressive, 3-0 against foes ranked in the top 10.
Men's Track and Field
Geoffrey Tabor began the outdoor season by winning both the shot put and the discus at the Stanford Opener. Tabor put the shot 57-3 and threw the disc 184-10.
Women's Track and Field
Griffin Matthew competed in the Arkansas Last Chance Meet and achieved a season best in the long jump with an NCAA provisional mark of 20-5¾.
Kawika Shoji broke one Stanford career record on Saturday and is on the verge of another. Shoji exceeded Kevin Hansen's rally-scoring era mark of 90 service aces with a pair of his own last weekend, during home victories over UC San Diego and Long Beach State, and has 92. Shoji also has 707 digs, just four short of Hansen's all-time mark of 711.
Women's Water Polo
Stanford went 4-0 this past weekend, and outscored its opponents, 49-8. Stanford's defense, anchored by goalies Amber Oland, Kate Baldoni and Kim Hall, allowed just two goals in Sunday's doubleheader sweep of Cal State Bakersfield and UC Davis.
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