Stanford women pull away to beat UC Davis

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Stanford women pull away to beat UC Davis

March 16, 2011BOXSCORE NCAASCOREBOARDSTANFORDPAGE

STANFORD (AP) Tara VanDerveer hardly wanted to open the NCAA tournament against Northern California neighbor UC Davis and retiring coach Sandy Simpson, whom she counts as a friend.Turns out those NCAA first-timers gave VanDerveer's seasoned Stanford bunch a nice early test - for a half, anyway.Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the top-seeded Cardinal took their initial step toward a fourth straight trip to the Final Four by beating UC Davis 86-59 in the first round Saturday.Kayla Pedersen added 11 points and seven assists, Jeanette Pohlen had 11 points and eight assists as the Cardinal (30-2) ran their school-record winning streak at home to 62 games in packed Maples Pavilion, where an impressive contingent of Aggies fans was among the crowd of 6,515 after making the two-hour drive.Paige Mintun scored 17 points and Heidi Heintz 11 in their final collegiate games to lead UC Davis (24-9), which sent its 14th-year coach out in style.Stanford will play Monday night against ninth-seeded St. John's (22-10), a 55-50 winner over No. 8 Texas Tech in Saturday's first game. Pedersen and Pac-10 Player of the Year Pohlen will try to wrap up a perfect record on their home floor over their four-year careers.That streak would be plenty special. Yet this is a group that will settle for nothing less than capturing that elusive national title for a program that hasn't won it all since 1992.It took the Cardinal until well into the first half to get comfortable on offense against UC Davis' unconventional zone defense, which pressures on the perimeter in an effort to disrupt outside shooters and make it tough to pass inside. But once Stanford started hitting from long range, it quickly became a long day for UC Davis.Lindy La Rocque matched her career best with 14 points, knocking down four of Stanford's season-high 13 3-pointers, and freshman Toni Kokenis added 11 points with three 3-pointers. Pedersen and Pohlen also each had three 3s in their team's 24th straight win since a pair of December defeats at DePaul and Tennessee.This game had to be considered an improvement for the Cardinal after Stanford was forced to rally in the second half to beat UCLA 64-55 last Saturday for its fifth straight Pac-10 tournament title.UC Davis had hoped to make the best possible statement in its NCAA debut after winning the Big West Conference tournament for the first time in program history. The Aggies can walk away knowing they didn't beat themselves.Stanford shot 55.4 percent to UC Davis' solid 46.8. The Cardinal held a commanding 33-19 edge on the boards, something Simpson knew could pose problems for his smaller team.Fans cheered "Thank you, Sandy!" in the closing minute for Simpson, who guided the program through its four-year transition to Division I for the start of the 2007-08 season. UC Davis posted back-to-back 20-win seasons and got solid play from Mintun throughout her final season.She and Simpson hugged on the sideline as she came to the bench in the waning moments.Former Secretary of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice cheered on the Cardinal and new Stanford football coach David Shaw and his family sat in the front row on one baseline. Former Stanford star and current Minnesota Lynx guard Candice Wiggins also attended the game.UC Davis matched Stanford in making four of its first six shots, with three 3-pointers. After Kasey Riecks hit a 3 at the 15:50 mark to put UC Davis ahead 11-8, Stanford responded with a 20-5 burst to pull away.This marked the 13th overall meeting between the schools. They played during the regular season in three of the previous four seasons, with Stanford winning each time.

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

Giants hammer three homers in third straight spring training win

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At Goodyear, Arizona, Joe Panik, Conor Gillaspie and Jarrett Parker homered for San Francisco. Jimmy Rollins singled and scored twice.

Giants lefty Matt Moore went 1 1/3 innings in his first start of the spring, allowing one run and one hit. He walked two and struck out three.

Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman pitched two innings, giving up four hits and two runs.

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

A's spring training Day 13: Gossett part of fifth starter mix

MESA, Ariz. — An unexpected opportunity came Daniel Gossett’s way Sunday, and the young right-hander took it in stride.

When the A’s adjusted their starting rotation, Kendall Graveman got bumped to Monday and Gossett learned he’d be taking the ball to start Sunday’s Cactus League home opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

“I’m here for what they need me for,” Gossett said. “So anything they need, gimme the ball.”

He spun two scoreless innings in a game Oakland lost 5-3 at Hohokam Stadium. A nice first impression for Gossett, indeed, but the truth is A’s officials were already quite familiar with him.

A second-round pick out of Clemson in 2014, Gossett impressed at three levels of the farm system in 2016, beginning the year with Single-A Stockton and finishing it with Triple-A Nashville.

This is his first big league camp, and manager Bob Melvin even mentioned Gossett as being part of the fifth starter conversation.

“He impressed everybody in the organization last year, so when talking about that fifth spot, who knows?” Melvin said before the game.

The only blemishes on Gossett’s day were the pair of walks he issued. After walking Jefrey Marte to lead off the second, he got a lift from his catcher, as Josh Phegley fired a strike to second to nail Marte trying to steal.

“A pitcher’s best friend, I guess,” Gossett said. He went 10-6 with a 2.69 ERA across 27 starts at all three levels of the minors last year, and his 151 strikeouts led the A’s farm system. Gossett’s fastball ranges anywhere from 90-95 on the gun. He throws a changeup that gets the most swings and misses, plus a slider and curve.

Grady Fuson, an A’s special assistant to the general manager, liked the adjustments he saw with Gossett over the course of last season.

“He’s a super kid, a grinder,” Fuson said over the winter. “He’s a guy that hadn’t struck many guys out and had been very hittable in the strike zone. (In 2016), he started executing to different parts of the zone that limits the hard contact.”

CAMP BATTLE: Alejandro De Aza sparked the A’s first rally in the third Sunday with a triple, then scored on Mark Canha’s double. With Jake Smolinski sidelined currently by a shoulder issue, it’s a good time for De Aza, a non-roster invitee to camp, to make his mark. The door could be open for him to make a push to make the roster as a fifth outfielder.

“He’s an interesting guy,” Melvin said of the nine-year veteran. “He knows how to play the game, he can play all three outfield spots. We’ve seen him before when he’s given us trouble, too, with the White Sox.”

Another contender for a reserve outfield spot is Jaycob Brugman, who has yet to crack the majors but is already on the 40-man roster. He singled home a run in the seventh. Like De Aza and Smolinski, Brugman can play center field, and it stands to reason the A’s will want to carry someone who can back up Rajai Davis at that position.

NOTEWORTHY: Phegley admitted to some butterflies before getting behind the plate for his first game since July, when a right knee injury wiped out the rest of his season.

But he looked good springing up to nail Marte on the second-inning steal attempt. The A’s are counting on Phegley returning to his role as the right-handed hitting platoon partner with Stephen Vogt behind the plate.

STOCK RISING: Melvin was impressed, and entertained, by the first look he got at reliever Simon Castro on Saturday against the Chicago Cubs. Castro retired Kris Bryant to strand a runner at third, the only hitter he faced. But it was what happened before the at-bat that caught Melvin’s attention.

“When he came to the mound he was pretty vocal,” Melvin noted. “He was fired up, telling the guys ‘Let’s go!’ I haven’t heard that too many times out of pitchers, let alone in spring training. So he impressed me with his eagerness to pitch.”

FAMILIAR FACES: Campy Campaneris and Blue Moon Odom each threw out ceremonial first pitches before Sunday’s exhibition home opener, which drew a smallish crowd of 4,072.