Stanford grad Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft, lived up to that billing in his Midwest League debut.
Appel, who was selected by Houston and signed quickly soon thereafter, threw four scoreless innings for Class A Quad Cities on Sunday, helping his team beat Dayton, 9-2, in Davenport, Iowa. Appel walked one and struck out three while not gaining the decision.
After rising quickly through short-season ball, Appel said he didn't see much of a difference in his first shot at full-season competition.
"I think it's pretty similar in regards to talent," Appel told Doug Miller of MiLB.com. "In short-season, most are college guys who signed this year, compared to younger guys here in (Class A). But they're very talented. In regards to differences, it's still baseball. You still have to throw strikes -- that's my focus."
Appel's command had been spotless before his Midwest debut. On Sunday, however, he walked a batter for the first time in three Minor League starts.
"I left some of my off-speed stuff up more than I wanted to, and I missed with some pitches I usually like to see strikeouts on," Appel told MiLB.com. "But considering it was my third start in about seven weeks, I'm not overly concerned about anything."
Appel, who celebrated his 22nd birthday on Monday, already has made some history by becoming a teammate of last year's No. 1 overall pick, Carlos Correa. This is the first time consecutive top selections have been on the same Minor League team.
In his three appearances in the minors (all starts), Appel has an ERA of 2.00 in nine innings, with nine strikeouts, one walk, eight hits and two earned runs.
Stanford senior Dwight Powell led his Canadian team with 12 points and eight rebounds, but it wasn't enough as Serbia handed the Canadians an 87-74 defeat in the bronze-medal game at the World University Games on Tuesday in Kazan, Russia.
Canada, which had been unbeaten until reaching the semifinals, suffered back-to-back losses to end the WUG tournament.
Powell hade five of nine shots plus a pair of free throws and had no turnovers in 22 minutes of play. His basket with 5:12 left to play tied the game at 70. The Canadians, however, were then outscored 10-0 over the next 3:28 as Serbia pulled away for the bronze.
Gunn High junior Anna Zhou of Palo Alto found herself in second place following the first round of the AJGA Junior at Tedesco on Tuesday at Tedesco Country Club in Marblehead, Mass. Zhou fired a 1-over 73 that included two birdies and one double-bogey and is just two strokes off the pace heading into the second round.
Stanford gymnasts Michael Levy and Jordan Nolff will compete at the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel July 17-30.
The Maccabiah Games are an international Jewish athletic competition held every four years in Israel. This year's competition will feature over 7,000 athletes from over 50 countries.
Levy and Nolff will be two of seven male gymnasts representing Team USA at the competition. Levy and Nolff helped lead Stanford to a third-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
Levy, a rising junior from Albuquerque, N.M., competed in all 10 meets for Stanford on floor and in eight competitions on still rings and vault. Levy tied for the ninth-highest score on rings among Stanford gymnasts in 2013.
Nolff, a 2013 Stanford graduate from Milburn, N.J., appeared in nine of 10 meets on floor and rings, and competed in three competitions on pommel horse and parallel bars. Nolff recorded the fourth (15.200), eighth (15.100) and ninth-highest (15.000) Stanford scores on rings this season.
Oklahoma softball coach Patty Gasso reported that Stanford pitcher Kelsey Stevens is transferring to OU after earning All-Pac-12 honors on the all-freshman team this past season.