The Stanford men's gymnastics team delivered a strong team performance Saturday night, highlighted by a number of impressive individual performances, as it finished third at the NCAA Championships Finals at Penn State.
Six Stanford gymnasts recorded 10 top-10 finishes in five events and qualified to the individual event finals on Sunday. The Cardinal had at least one gymnast finish in the top six in five of six events.
The Cardinal finished with a 436.150 team score to finish behind NCAA champion Michigan (443.200) and Oklahoma (440.100). Penn State finished fourth with a 436.100, followed by Iowa (426.450) and Illinois (422.550).
Stanford's team score was its third-highest this season.
Brian Knott claimed the lone Stanford individual victory, recording a career-best 15.450 on parallel bars.
Eddie Penev earned his second consecutive All-America honor in the all-around, finishing third with an 87.350.
Stanford had the same rotation schedule as its preliminary round, sans the bye before pommel horse, and opened the meet on vault.
For the second consecutive day, Stanford began the competition with a hot start, notching a 74.000 vault team score. Penev led the way with a 15.200 to finish third, while Sean Senters followed in fourth with a 15.150. Both Penev and Senters qualified for the individual event finals in the event.
Michael Levy also delivered a strong vault earning a 14.700, followed by Kevin Baker (14.500) and Jonathan Deaton (14.450).
Stanford continued to heat up on parallel bars where Knott claimed his individual victory and Stanford finished with a season-best 73.700 parallel bars team score.
Dennis Zaremski and Cameron Foreman earned scores of 14.800 to tie for eighth. Knott, Zaremski and Foreman each qualified to the parallel bars event finals.
Stanford found itself in second place after two rotations and trailing Michigan by just .350 of a point.
John Martin and Cameron Foreman led the Cardinal on high bar, both scoring 14.700 and tying for fourth overall. Knott followed with a 14.350 and Paul Hichwa delivered a 14.300.
Stanford tallied a 72.200 on high bar and sat in third place halfway through the competition, trailing Michigan by 1.200 points.
Penev and Senters earned top-10 finishes on floor, as Stanford recorded a 73.500 team score. Penev finished second with a 15.350, while Senters claimed a 14.950 to finish 10th.
Stanford remained in third place after its floor rotation.
The Cardinal dropped to fourth in the competition after its pommel horse rotation in which it tallied a 70.100.
Martin finished sixth with a 14.750, and was the lone Cardinal to qualify to the event finals in the event. Knott delivered Stanford's second-highest score of 14.300, a career best and impressive feat considering it was only his third time competing in the event this season.
Michigan and Oklahoma created separation from the field in the fifth rotation as they led the rest of the teams by at least 3.550 points.
Stanford continued to battle in its final event on rings and was rewarded with a 72.650, good enough to pass Penn State for third in the competition.
Michael Levy scored a career-best 15.000 to earn Stanford's highest mark, followed by Dennis Zaremski (14.850) and Jordan Nolff (14.700).
Brian Ragira nearly hit for the cycle, scored three times, and drove in two runs but No. 17 Stanford did not find the late-game hit it needed in a 10-9 loss to No. 21 Arizona.
Ragira had a triple, double and two singles during his 4-for-5 outing as the host Cardinal fell to 21-12 overall and 8-6 in Pac-12 Conference play Saturday. Ragira has 10 RBI on 10 hits in his last six games.
With the series knotted at one game apiece, Stanford looks to knock off Arizona (25-13, 9-8) Sunday and take its fourth straight league series. The rubbermatch is set for 2 p.m. (PT) and will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
Ragira helped Stanford out of a 1-0 hole with a three-run third, doubling along with Austin Wilson after Alex Blandino crunched a leadoff homer which left Sunken Diamond in a hurry.
Blandino's homer, his second in three games, was the first allowed by Arizona starter James Farris this season and the first Cardinal hit on the day.
Farris gave up 10 hits and seven of his eight runs allowed were of the earned variety in 6.1 innings. Farris got room to work when Arizona paired singles by Kevin Newman and Riley Moore with a sacrifice bunt and sac fly to take a 1-0 lead after two.
Johnny Field smacked a two-out double to center, scoring two runs to tie it at 3-3 in the fourth. Field was joined on base by Trent Gilbert, who drew a walk to spell the end of the day for starter Dean McArdle.
Reliever Marcus Brakeman delivered a pair of wild pitches to Brandon Dixon as the Cardinal surrendered its lead.
The fateful top half of the fourth lasted 36 minutes and saw five walks, three hits, five runs and three stranded runners as Arizona built a 6-3 cushion with the five-spot.
Stanford walked nine batters and surrendered 11 hits in the contest. Logan James gave up three earned runs without allowing a hit in 0.2 innings.
Daniel Starwalt (2-1) fanned four in the final 4 2/3 innings. Starwalt allowed one run on four hits, which was the deciding solo homer by Brandon Dixon in the top of the ninth.
Brant Whiting and Drew Jackson singled and scored on a Justin Ringo double to shallow center in the fourth.
Leading 9-5, Arizona scored three in the fifth. Ragira tripled in the bottom half and brought Stanford within three on Wilson' single.
Arizona left the bases loaded in the sixth and stranded 13.
With two on base and one away in the seventh, a hitless Danny Diekroeger was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Austin Slater grounded into a fielder's choice to score Ragira. Wilson scored on a passed ball.
One inning later, Brian Guymon sparked a two-out rally with a double down the leftfield line. Guymon trotted home on a Ragira single through the right side of the infield.
Arizona had nine runs through five innings and had only one hit after the fifth until Dixon cleared the fence in the ninth.
Slater and Whiting drew walks in the final half but were two of nine Cardinal runners stranded on the day.
Matthew Troupe (3-0) stayed undefeated by limiting Stanford to one run on two hits over the final 2 1/3 innings.
Steven Irvin had a match-high 17 kills, but could not prevent No. 6 Stanford from losing to No. 2 Long Beach State, 25-21, 25-17, 30-28, in the first round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament on Saturday.
Stanford (15-13) ends its season while Long Beach State (23-7) advances to a conference semifinal matchup against UC Irvine in Provo, Utah. The MPSF tournament champion advances to the four-team NCAA playoffs.
Irvin had only four errors on 27 swings for a .481 hitting percentage, and had seven digs. Stanford, however, was limited to only .204 hitting as a team.
Brian Cook, an All-MPSF first-team selection, had 14 kills, four digs and two block assists. The team's lone senior, Jake Kneller, had two service aces in his final collegiate match.
Stanford dropped a 4-3 decision to No. 18 California on Saturday afternoon at Taube Family Tennis Stadium in the final regular-season match of the year for both teams.
Stanford (11-10, 3-4 Pac-12) lost for the first time in two weeks, snapping a three-match winning streak that helped build a case for an NCAA Tournament berth. The Cardinal is assured of at least one more dual match at next week's Pac-12 Championships and can snag the conference's automatic bid by winning the event.
California (13-8, 5-1 Pac-12), which defeated Stanford 5-2 in Berkeley back on Feb. 24 in the non-counting Pac-12 match, has won two straight after losing five in a row to the Cardinal in the all-time series.
Stanford captured the doubles point, sweeping all three matches to take a 1-0 lead. The clincher came from the No. 1 spot, where Denis Lin and John Morrissey outlasted Cal's top duo 9-7, seconds before Jamin Ball and Daniel Ho booked a win at No. 3.
But the Golden Bears also lost the doubles point in the earlier meeting, and used a similar recipe this time around to regroup for the win.
California controlled the top half of the lineup, receiving a 6-2, 6-4 victory from Ben McLachlan over Morrissey in a battle of ranked players at the No.1 spot to even the match at 1-1.
Trey Strobel momentarily put Stanford back in front 2-1, defeating Wyatt Houghton 6-2, 6-4 on court six for his seventh consecutive victory.
But Christoffer Konigsfeldt followed with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph over Nolan Paige at the No. 2 spot, knotting the match at 2-2.
With the remaining matches on courts 3-5 all into their third sets, California took a 3-2 lead when Campbell Johnson outlasted Maciek Romanowicz 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
The clincher came on court four, where Gregory Bayane rallied for a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Robert Stineman.
Ho's 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 win on court five accounted for Stanford's third point.
Sam Ecker, Matt Kandath, Denis Lin and Walker Kehrer were honored in a Senior Day ceremony following the doubles point. The foursome has led Stanford to a 72-31 record and three NCAA Tournament appearances, the last two of which resulted in quarterfinal finishes.
Stanford is back in action next week at the Pac-12 Championships in Ojai.
Stanford women's rowing closed out the first day of competition at the Lake Natoma Invitational Saturday, with the I Eight highlighting the effort with wins in each of its races.
The ninth-ranked Cardinal faced off against No. 15 Wisconsin and Tulsa in the morning session then was grouped with No. 17 Washington State and Kansas in the afternoon.
Stanford will conclude action at the event Sunday morning.
The I Eight captured both of its races Saturday, turning in a time of 6:36.9 in the morning and 6:34.7 in its second race. In the former, the Cardinal outdistanced runner-up Wisconsin (6:45.5) by nearly nine seconds and in the latter posted a nearly 13-second win over runner-up Washington State.
The II Eight took second in its morning race before bouncing back for a win in the afternoon. Against Wisconsin and Tulsa the Cardinal crossed the line in 6:48.2, just under five seconds back of Wisconsin's winning time of 6:43.3 and 32 seconds ahead of Tulsa. Later in the day the Cardinal crew crossed the line in 6:48.7, 11.1 seconds ahead of the Cougars and nearly 22 seconds ahead of Kansas.
Stanford's Four turned in a pair of second-place finishes. The Cardinal dropped a bang-bang decision to Wisconsin in the morning, its time of 7:24.2 being edged out by fractions of a second by the Badgers' time of 7:23.9. Later in the day the Cardinal's time of 7:43.1 was 6.3 seconds behind Washington State's top time of 7:36.9.
The Novice Eight were also in action Saturday, finishing third in its heat with a time of 7:11.3, 12.2 seconds behind California and 7.8 seconds behind Wisconsin.
In the II Four competition, the Cardinal crew took third in its heat, crossing the line in 8:15.3. The boat then raced in the II Four petite final later Saturday, finishing third in a time of 8:12.4.
Washington scored six times in the bottom of the sixth inning following a three-hour rain delay in a Pac-12 softball game Saturday.
The second game of the scheduled doubleheader was postponed due to the weather.