Two home runs by third baseman Alex Blandino gave the Stanford baseball team the lead it needed in beating Saint Mary's 6-2 on Wednesday at Louis Guisto Field.

Stanford (17-17) started rolling in the first inning as Blandino hit a three-run homer, putting the Cardinal in command.

Saint Mary's (13-27) chipped away in the second with an RBI single by Darian Ramage scoring DonAndre Clark. Stanford responded in the third though, with Blandino scoring on a wild pitch to make it 4-1 Cardinal.

Clark singled in the Gaels' second run in the fourth inning, but Blandino drove one to right field for a solo home run to make it 5-2 in the fifth. The Cardinal added one more run in the sixth.

Stanford reliever Marcus Brakeman worked a scoreless 52/3 innings to earn his first win of the season. He struck out the final six Gaels to secure the victory.

  • The Cal softball team (23-20) got key performances by senior Jordan Wallace and freshman Stephanie Trzcinski in an 8-0 win over visiting Sacramento State (22-19) at Levine-Fricke Field.

    Wallace hit a two-run double to get the Bears on the board. Trzcinski recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts.

    The Bears had 10 hits spread among seven players. Wallace finished 2 for 3 with three RBIs, and junior Cheyenne Cordes and freshman Kylie Reed went 2 for 4 with a run scored each.


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  • Strong doubles play got the day started, and the Saint Mary's women's tennis team only got better from there as the Gaels kicked off their stay at the West Coast Conference championships with a 4-0 win over Pacific at Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego.

    Saint Mary's, which entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed, improved to 13-7 overall.

    Danielle Flores and Jade Frampton beat Iveta Masarova and Cristina Saenz de Buruaga Ruiz 8-4 at No. 2 doubles for Saint Mary's first win. Jamie Pawid and Catherine Leduc finished off an 8-0 win over Francis Dean and Christiana Ferrari.

  • The Saint Mary's sand volleyball team (11-2) brought its season to an end in rallying from a 2-0 deficit to defeat host Pacific 3-2 at the Raney Sand Courts.

    Horse racing

    Golden Gate Fields in Albany begins a three-day racing week Friday with a 1:45 p.m. post time for the eight-race program. Post time Saturday and Sunday is 12:45 p.m. Saturday's card features the 64th running of the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile.