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Stanford's Diekroeger earns Pac-12 baseball honor

 

Stanford's Danny Diekroeger has been named the Pac-12 Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.

Diekroeger delivered three game-winning hits, while Stanford went 3-1 during the week. He had back-to-back walk-off singles to beat St. Mary's April 15 and Arizona State April 17 to help the Cardinal put together its first three-game winning streak of the season.

The senior from Menlo School added a fourth-inning home run in Stanford's 1-0 win over Arizona State April 19.

Diekroeger had a team-best seven hits over the four games of the week and hit .412 (7-17) during the span. For the season, he is hitting .284 (33-116) with 12 RBI and seven doubles.

Stanford's first baseman, who started every game at second base last season, also has shined defensively for the Cardinal -- saving a number of errors at his new position. Stanford has made only six errors in 15 conference games to own the Pac-12's best fielding percentage (.990).

This is the first Pac-12 Player of the Week honor for Stanford in 2014 and 70th all-time selection. The Cardinal's last player of the week honor came April 22, 2013 when Brian Ragira won the award.

Women's golf

Stanford grad Michelle Wie won her first LPGA title since 2010 after shooting a final-round 67 to win in her native Hawaii.

Wie will be competing at this week's Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic, which starts Thursday at Lake Merced Golf Club in San Francisco. She arrives as the leading money-winning on tour with more than $616,000 in earning this season.

Rugby

The Stanford men's and women's teams won their conference championships and earned berths into USA Rugby's National Championship Series.

The Western Regional for both men and women will get under way Friday at Stanford's Steuber Rugby Stadium.

The Cardinal women will open against Texas A&M on Friday, followed by Brigham Young against Cal. The Stanford men will host Oregon on Saturday. The Final Four also will be played at Stanford, on May 9-11.

Directors' Cup

Stanford continues to lead in the Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup winter standings. The Cardinal finished third in men's gymnastics and now has 1082.75 total points.

Penn State is in second place with 856 points after placing sixth in men's gymnastics. Wisconsin remains in third place with 705 points. Notre Dame has 698.25 points and is in fourth place. Rounding out the top five is a tie at 650 points between Michigan and North Carolina.

The next rankings will be out Thursday and include the NCAA Championships in women's gymnastics.

— Stanford Athletics

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