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.

  • Santa Clara sophomore Reece Karalus and Stanford senior A.J. Vanegas are among the fifty players who have been named to the midseason watch list for the 10th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award, given to the top relief pitcher in NCAA Division I baseball.

  • The Santa Clara men's tennis team held off Saint Mary's for a 4-3 win in the first round of the WCC tournament in San Diego.

    With Santa Clara down 3-2, Ilya Osintsev won his third set 7-5 and John Lamble won his third set 6-3 to clinch the victory.


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    The Broncos advance to the quarterfinals, where they will take on USF on Thursday. The Dons defeated fifth-seeded LMU 4-0 on Wednesday. Santa Clara is the No. 4 seed in the tournament, while USF is No. 8.

    Santa Clara notched its 16th victory to move to 16-6 overall and 6-4 in WCC play.

  • The San Jose State women's tennis (12-13) team advanced to the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament by sweeping Colorado State 4-0.

    Playing at the No. 1 spot, the doubles team of Gaelle Rey and Marie Klocker beat Colorado State's Adriana Wojakowska and Natalie Heffron 8-2.

    San Jose Giants

    The San Jose Giants dropped their fourth in a row in a 12-4 loss to the Visalia Rawhide at Municipal Stadium.

    Leadoff man Jessie Galindo homered and had two hits but San Jose couldn't overcome four RBIs apiece from the Rawhide's Brandon Drury and Alex Glenn.