Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - June 14, 2013

Stanford looks to have wrapped up a 19th Learfield Directors' Cup trophy

by Rick Eymer

For the second straight season, Stanford reportedly has held off Florida to capture yet another Learfield Directors' Cup trophy. This latest award, however, was too close for comfort.

In fact, there were many at Stanford that figured the school's unprecedented streak of 18 straight wouldn't reach 19.

"I didn't even realize about the Directors' Cup until Monday night," said Stanford track athlete Kori Carter, who helped wrap up the latest trophy by scoring 18 of the 33 points totaled by the women's team at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last weekend in Eugene, Ore. "We all thought it was a lost cause."

The points garnered by the women's sixth-place finish in track helped keep the Cardinal in the lead and unofficially win its 19th straight Directors' Cup, which is awarded to the top combined men's and women's athletic programs in the country each year.

While the final totals are yet to be released since the College World Series has yet to be played, totals kept in the Stanford Athletic Department show the Cardinal winning by a mere 17 points. Thus, Carter's efforts proved very big.

Last year, Stanford won with 1,384.25 while the Gators had 1,241.00. This year Michigan looks to finish third, Penn State fourth and North Carolina fifth.

Baseball

It has been quite a whirlwind few weeks for Stanford senior pitcher Mark Appel, who was selected No. 1 in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft in addition to being named on various All-American teams.

On Wednesday, the National College Baseball Writers Association and Baseball America each included Appel on their respective All-America teams. Appel was a first-team selection by the NCBWA and a second-team pick by Baseball America.

Appel, who last week was selected by the Houston Astros with the number one overall pick of the MLB Draft, leaves Stanford as its career leader in strikeouts (372), while ranking fourth in innings pitched (377.2) and sixth with 28 wins.

During his senior campaign, the senior right-handed pitcher fanned a conference-best 130 batters while going 10-4 in 14 starts and tossed four complete games. He issued just 23 walks and allowed 17 extra-base hits in 106.1 innings. The Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year and a two-year Friday night starter for the Cardinal, Appel is in contention for a number of national postseason awards, including the Senior CLASS Award.

Appel averaged 7.6 innings per appearance, 11.0 strikeouts per game and boasted a 5.7 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 2013. He held opponents to a career-low .203 clip in 14 appearances and only twice allowed more than three earned runs.

Appel was one of seven Stanford players plus one Cardinal recruit taken in the MLB Draft last week.

Stanford junior outfielder Austin Wilson was taken by the Seattle Mariners in the second round, the 49th pick overall. Stanford recruit Ryder Jones, a third baseman, was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the second round, the No. 64 pick overall. The Giants also took Stanford junior first baseman Brian Ragira in the fourth round, the 132nd pick overall.

Stanford saw four student-athletes selected during the final day of the MLB First-Year Player Draft. All said and done, the Cardinal had seven players selected in the three-day event.

Stanford now has had at least seven players drafted in back-to-back years for the first time since 1995-96.

To start things off Saturday, junior shortstop Lonnie Kauppila heard his name called 477th overall to the Seattle Mariners. The 16th-round selection batted .271 with 20 runs scored and 16 RBI, six doubles and 18 walks in 2013. Kauppila started 44 games and had a .957 fielding percentage.

A.J. Vanegas, a junior right-handed closer, went 581st overall to the Oakland Athletics in the 19th round. A native of Alameda, the closer who grew up in the shadows of Oakland's home turf went 1-1 with four saves and a 3.12 ERA in eight outings this season.

One pick later, the San Francisco Giants tabbed Garrett Hughes as the 582nd overall pick in the 19th round. Hughes finished his redshirt senior season 2-2 with four saves in 24 appearances while logging a 2.08 ERA. Hughes fanned 36 in 34.2 frames of work.

In the 28th round, senior designated hitter Justin Ringo went 845th overall to St. Louis. Ringo shined during his All-Pac-12 campaign, appearing in 53 games while making 51 starts. Ringo scored 39 times and posted a .488 slugging percentage with a .400 on-base percentage.

Women's basketball

Stanford assistant coach Trina Patterson has been named an assistant coach at Old Dominion University, Lady Monarchs head coach Karen Barefoot announced Thursday.

Patterson, who previously served head-coaching stints at Albany, The College of William and Mary, and Maryland Eastern Shore, spent two seasons on The Farm (2011-13) during which the Cardinal went 68-5, reached a Final Four (2012) and twice claimed the Pac-12 double (regular season and tournament titles in the same season).

"I would like to thank Tara VanDerveer for the opportunity to work with her, her staff and this amazing program at Stanford," Patterson said. "It has been an incredible past two years filled with many great memories of working with a top-notch staff as well as a top-notch group of student-athletes. It is such a unique experience at Stanford being surrounded by the excellence of the university and the athletic department. I am looking forward to the opportunity to go back home and work with an Old Dominion program that owns such a rich women's basketball tradition."

Patterson, who worked primarily with Stanford's post players, helped a number of Cardinal front-liners to national and conference accolades. In 2012, the Ogwumike sisters, Nnemkadi and Chiney, both were named to the WBCA Coaches' All-America Team and marking only the second time that Stanford had landed two players to the prestigious team. Chiney would go on to earn her second straight nod in 2013 in addition to being a consensus national player of the year candidate. Both sisters were named to the Associated Press All-America First Team during this time as Nnemkadi earned the honor in 2012 and Chiney in 2013.

Crew

Stanford rower Lindsay Meyer was named a first team All-American by the CRCA on Tuesday and teammate Christina Bax was selected to the second team.

Meyer and Bax helped the Cardinal I Eight boat that finished 10th at the NCAA Championship earlier this month.

Meyer, who took last year off to train for the 2012 Olympics, finished fifth in the women's quad at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. She finished second in the women's single scull at U.S. trials last year.

Bax, a junior, helped the I Eight finish eighth in last year's national championship.

In related news, Stanford women's lightweight coach Al Acosta was named CRCA National Coach of the Year, his fifth such honor and fourth in succession.

Lightweight crew members Alex Cours, Jordan Duval-Smith and Liz Fenje were each named to the All-American team, all helping Stanford win its fourth consecutive IRA national title.

Men's golf

Stanford sophomore Patrick Rodgers put the finishing touch on the United States' 20 1/2 to 9 1/2 victory over Europe in the Palmer Cup on Sunday at the par 71 Wilmington Country Club in Norman, Okla.

Rodgers, a two-time, first team All-American, beat Gary Hurley in the event's final match. Hurley, the first Irish-based university player to make the European Palmer Cup team, held a 1-up lead after four holes. Rodgers evened the match on the ninth hole and took the lead with a birdie on the 11th hole. He increased his lead to 2-up on the 15th hole.

The victory gives the United States a 9-7-1 advantage in the Palmer Cup series. Stanford assistant coach Philip Rowe served as an assistant coach for the European squad.

Women's golf

Freshman standout Mariah Stackhouse received Most Valuable Player and Best Newcomer for a rookie season to highlight the women's golf team's recent year-end awards.

Men's volleyball

Stanford junior Brian Cook was named to the Volleyball Magazine All-America first team and teammates Steven Irvin and James Shaw received third-team honors.

Cook, a 6-foot-5 opposite hitter from Santa Cruz, was fourth in the nation with 4.01 kills per set while totaling 417 kills this season. Cook was a consistent performer with a total of six matches of 20-plus kills, including two season-highs of 24.

Cook, whose sister Karissa played with the Cardinal women's volleyball team the past four years, has received first-team honors from both recognized All-America teams following his selection by the AVCA in April. He also was a first-team All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation choice.

Men's water polo

Stanford will welcome 12 student-athletes to the program for the 2013 season, head coach John Vargas announced this week.

Joining the Cardinal for the 2013 season are Reid Chase (Corona del Mar HS), Davis Clute (De La Salle), Drew Holland (Miramonte HS), Michael Holloway (Sacred Heart Prep), Jackson Kimbell (Long Beach Wilson HS), Ian McColl (Los Altos HS), Sam Pfeil (Dana Hills HS), Justin Roberto (San Ramon Valley HS), Connor Stapleton (Davis HS), Sam Sunde (Carmel HS), Kyle Weikert (Miramonte HS) and Charlie Wiser (Miramonte HS).

"This is the biggest class we have signed during my tenure at Stanford, and each of these players is a student-athlete in every sense of the term," said Vargas, who'll begin his 12th season on The Farm this fall. "We are very fortunate to have such a talented incoming freshmen class, one which gives us depth and strength at every position. We're looking forward to the start of preseason training in August ahead of the 2013 season."

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