Former major leaguer Ryan Garko has been hired as an assistant coach on Mark Marquess' baseball staff.
"For myself and my family, we're very excited and humbled to even have this opportunity," said Garko, who played three seasons at Stanford. "There is no coach I'd rather work with than Coach Marquess. There is no other program or university I'd rather be a part of than Stanford."
Garko, 32, will fill the void left by Dean Stotz, who retired after 37 seasons as a Stanford assistant.
Garko batted .350 with 39 home runs and 191 RBIs in 218 games for Stanford. He won the Johnny Bench Award as the nation's best catcher in his senior year, sharing the Pac-10 Player of the Year Award with Arizona State's Dustin Pedroia. In four College World Series appearances, Garko batted .583, helping the Cardinal to three second-place finishes and a third-place finish.
Garko was primarily a first baseman in six seasons in the majors, mostly with the Cleveland Indians, batting .275 with 55 home runs. He played for the Giants for part of the 2009 season.
Earthquakes forward Steven Lenhart has been named MLS Player of the Week after scoring twice in San Jose's 2-1 victory at Real Salt Lake.
Lenhart converted two headers in four minutes as the Earthquakes stayed alive in the Western Conference playoff race. The Quakes, who travel to Chivas USA on Sunday, are tied with Vancouver for sixth place. Five teams from the West advance to the MLS Cup playoffs.
Michael Weaver shot a 4-under-par 140 to lead the Cal men to first place through two rounds of the Saint Mary's Invitational at Bayonet & Blackhorse Golf Course in Seaside.
Cal enters the final round with an 18-stroke lead over second-place Saint Mary's. Weaver was tied for the individual lead with San Diego's Grant Forrest.
Cal's Shotaro Ban and Brandon Hagy were tied for third at 2-under 142.
Santa Clara was tied for ninth, led by Carlos Briones and Drew Miller, who each shot a 3-over 147.