Palo Alto resident Alex Blandino hit two home runs, Dean McArdle went six scoreless innings and the Stanford baseball team beat visiting Pacific, 11-2, in a nonconference game on Tuesday night.
The Cardinal (30-21) opens a big Pac-12 series with visiting UCLA on Friday at 7 p.m. Stanford needs to win the series to be considered for the postseason.
Blandino and Brian Ragira each drove in three runs for Stanford, which takes a four-game winning streak into the weekend.
Austin Wilson drove in a pair of runs and Lonnie Kauppila added an RBI.
McArdle (3-2) gave up five hits, walked one and struck out four to earn the victory.
Jordan Kutzer allowed his first two runs of the season in his 2-inning stint. Sam Lindquist pitched the ninth.
Wayne Taylor and Justin Ringo each had two hits, including a double. Danny Diekroeger was 1 for 3, with two walks.
Stanford shot a 2-over-par 290 and finished the first day of the 24-team NCAA championships in seventh on Tuesday at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
The 10th-ranked Cardinal, who teed off the first hole during the morning wave, led the tournament through the front nine at two under. In the last nine holes four shots were given back, and Stanford trailed No. 1 USC and No. 53 San Jose State, who are tied for first, by six strokes.
The Trojans and the Spartans posted a 284, while No. 3 Duke checked in third at 286. With a 288, No. 2 Alabama took fourth. Rounding out the top five are No. 6 UCLA and No. 7 Purdue, who are both tied for fifth at 289.
"We had four very solid rounds today," Stanford coach Anne Walker said. "We didn't try to do anything fancy. We just played our game and with a conservative strategy. The players showed a lot of patience."
In a strong start, Mariko Tumangan managed to go three under through 14 holes. Two late bogeys on 15 and 18 set her back two strokes. The sophomore carded a one-under-par 71, tying for sixth with freshman Lauren Kim.
"My ball striking was great today," said Tumangan, who hit 12 fairways and made 30 putts. "I was leaving myself many chances for birdies. I want to keep the same calm and cool demeanor and stick to my routine."
For Kim, who opened with a birdie on the first hole, the front nine started slower with bogeys on holes three and eight.
"I try not to get ahead of myself on the course, especially as early as after the first hole because anything can happen during the span of a round," Kim said. "Generally though, a birdie on the first hole is exciting because it gets my momentum going and helps me set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Positive thoughts at the beginning of the round remind me to stay patient with myself, which--like Coach has emphasized--is important on a course and tournament like this."
Kim went on to make birdies on the 10th and 15th for a solid 71.
"The back nine just seemed consistent," Kim continued. "I had gotten into a rhythm and was really in the present moment. Everything just felt smooth. I had simple thoughts and was not over thinking at all. I was hitting the ball better than the past couple of days and that helped me hit greens and keep playing `boring' golf."
Mariah Stackhouse's round was anythign but boring. The freshman was two over through six holes but came back with birdies on the seventh and ninth to be even at the turn. But back-to-back bogeys on 11 and 12 followed.
Once again, at two over, Stackhouse maintained focus, posting birdies on 15 and 18 to finish on par.
"I've come to accept the fact that bogeys will happen," said Stackhouse who is tied for 20th at 72. "So I just handled them with the expectation of getting some birdies and eliminating them in the next couple of holes."
"After our practice rounds, I was pretty confident in my ability to score out here," Stackhouse continued. "My goal for today was to hopefully get an under-par start but definitely to have a steady round and be in a good position for the second round."
Senior Sally Watson carded a 76 to tie for 76th, while junior Danielle Frasier scored an 84 for 125th.
"We accomplished our goal today and now it's time to hit the refresh button and prepare to compete tomorrow," Walker said. "I think as teams continue to build their course knowledge, we will see some more low scores. At the same time, hole locations are only going to get tougher and that is when the true separation will happen."
Stanford tees off the 10th hole at 8:50 a.m. (PT) with Arizona State and Texas.
"Being back in Georgia has been great so far," said Stackhouse, a Riverdale native. "The feel of the weather, trees, and people has been really warm and familiar. Both my parents were here today, and some of my friends might come throughout the rest of the week, so that's pretty cool."
Stanford earned an at-large bid to the NCAA rowing championships, it was announced Tuesday. It will be the Cardinal's fifth straight team appearance at the event.
The championship begin May 31 at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. The event is composed of 22 teams, all required to field boats in the I Eight, II Eight and Four classes.
Stanford is one of six Pac-12 schools to qualify for the event along with California, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State.
Each class of boat will hold four preliminary heats on May 31. The top two finishers in each heat will advance to Saturday's semifinals.
Boats that do not post a top two finish in the preliminary heats will race in one of two seven-boat repechages Friday afternoon. The top two finishers in each repechage will move on to the semifinals.
Saturday, the top three finishers in each semifinal will advance to Sunday's Grand Final, with the bottom three of each of Saturday's races moving on to Sunday's Petite Final.
Stanford's I Eight earned the 10th seed in its class and will race in the second heat at 6:20 a.m. PT against No. 2 Princeton, No. 7 UCLA, No. 15 Brown and No. 18 Boston University.
The II Eight, seeded 12th, faces No. 4 Brown, No. 5 Washington, No. 13 Cornell, No. 20 Navy and No. 21 Rhode Island in the fourth heat of its class at 7:20 a.m. PT.
The Four, seeded 15th, will race in its class' second heat at 7:40 a.m. PT against No. 2 Ohio State, No. 7 Princeton, No. 10 USC and No. 18 Rhode Island.
Last year the Cardinal finished ninth in the team standings. Stanford won the team NCAA Championship in 2009 and in 2011 tied for the most points overall but lost out on a second NCAA title via tiebreaker (higher I Eight finish) to Brown.
Track and field
Stanford will be well-represented with 35 track and field athletes at the NCAA West Regional beginning Thursday in Austin, Texas.
The Cardinal will send 22 women and 13 men to the competition, one of two regionals in the country (the other is in Greensboro, N.C.). The top 48 marks from each half of the country are accepted into each regional.
The top 12 in each region advance to the NCAA Championships June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore., creating a 24-participant field for each event.
Stanford has three No. 1 seeds: Kori Carter in the women's 100 hurdles and 400 hurdles, and Brianna Bain in the women's javelin.
Carter is the world leader in the 400 hurdles at 54.21 and No. 7 in the world in the 100 hurdles (12.76). Both were school-record times set in her Pac-12 championship victories on Sunday at USC.
The 400 hurdles time ranks No. 2 all-time among in-season collegiate performers. After the Pac-12 meet, Carter expected to focus solely on the 400 hurdles in NCAA competition, but those plans now include both hurdle events.
Bain, the 2012 NCAA runner-up and two-time Pac-12 champion, leads all collegians with a school-record 183-10, set at the Big Meet against visiting Cal on April 20.
The busiest Stanford athletes will be Carter, a junior who also will run on the 4x400 relay, and senior men's thrower Geoffrey Tabor, who will compete in the shot put and discus. He is the No. 11 seed in the discus.
Other Top-12 seeds for Stanford are Michael Atchoo (No. 2, men's 1,500), Justine Fedronic (No. 3, women's 800), Amy Weissenbach (No. 5, women's 800), Tyler Stutzman (No. 6, men's 1,500), Jules Sharpe (No. 6, men's high jump), Steven Solomon (No. 9, men's 400), Jessica Tonn (No. 11, women's 5,000), Rebecca Hammar (No. 12, women's discus), and the women's 4x400 relay. The relay is expected to consist of Carter, Fedronic, Carissa Levingston, and Kristyn Williams).
USA Water polo
Stanford Olympians Melissa Seidemann, Annika Dries and Maggie Steffens were all named to United States' women's senior national water polo team that will compete at the FINA World League Prelims starting this Friday in Los Alamitos.
They will be joined by Stanford grad Lolo Silver and Cardinal sophomore Kiley Neushul, along with Sacred Heart Prep grad KK Clark and USC sophomore Monica Vavic.
The second U.S. women's senior national team features Stanford goalie Kate Baldioni, Cardinal Ashley Grossman and Menlo-Atherton High grad Rebecca Dorst from UCLA.
On the men's side, Stanford grads Jeff Schwimer and Alex Bowen were named to the U.S. senior team, while Cardinal freshmen Bret Bonanni and Adam Abdulhamid were named to the U.S. junior national team.
The two American women's teams will face off in an exhibition to open competition, which also includes men's and women's teams from Canada and Brazil.