Stanford senior Jenna Rich displayed a flair for the dramatic Friday. The All-American shortstop became the Cardinal all-time leader in RBI with one swing of the bat.
Rich hit a three-run home run among her three hits and drove in four total as Stanford brushed aside host California, 13-5, in a Pac-12 Conference softball game.
Senior Teagan Gerhart (19-9) pitched six innings to earn the victory. She's one short of 100 for her career and already ranks third on the all-time wins list with 99.
The victory snapped a fourth-place tie with the Bears and Stanford moved to within two games of third-place Washington, which was upset by host Utah, 2-1, Friday.
Stanford and Cal meet again Saturday at 1 p.m. in Berkeley.
Rich's 3-run shot sparked a 5-run rally in the top of the third inning. She entered the game one RBI shy of Sarah Beeson's career total of 201. Her 43rd career homer -- only four-time All-American and three-time Olympian Jessica Mendoza has hit more in a Stanford uniform -- gave her 203. She added an RBI later.
Cassandra Roulund also hit a home run for Stanford, which has won four if its last five games. Teagan Schmidt had three doubles and drove in a run, Kayla Bonstrom drove in two runs and Hanna Winter and Leah Whit each had two hits and an RBI. Erin Ashby also drove in a run.