Stanford wins, Cal loses in NCAA baseball tournament openers

Will Matthiessen had two hits, drove in two runs and hit one of the four Stanford home runs in support of Brendan Beck’s three-hitter over seven innings in the host Cardinal’s 11-0 victory over Sacramento State on Friday in an NCAA baseball regional opener.

Maverick Handley, Andrew Daschbach and Nick Oar also hit home runs for Stanford (42-11), hosting its third straight regional and 18th overall. Nick Bellafronto and Kyle Stowers each drove in two runs.

Stanford will meet Fresno State, a 9-2 winner over UC Santa Barbara, on Saturday night. Sacramento State (39-24) will play UCSB at 1 p.m. Saturday. Both games will be played at Stanford.

• Cal was beaten 13-2 by TCU in the Fayetteville (Ark.) Regional. Left-hander Brandon Williamson struck out seven in four innings for the Horned Frogs (33-26). Jared Horn gave up seven hits and five runs — three earned — in five innings for the Bears (32-19). Cal will face Central Connecticut State, an 11-5 loser to Arkansas, in an elimination game Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT.


Three-way tie atop Memorial board

Martin Kaymer had a 4-under-par 68 with a bogey on his last hole to join a three-way tie for the lead going into the weekend at the PGA Tour’s Memorial in Dublin, Ohio. Kaymer, a former No. 1 player in the world, hasn’t won on tour in nearly five years.

Troy Merritt (66) and Kyoung-Hoon Lee (67) joined Kaymer at 9-under 135, a shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, who had a 70.

• Mamiko Higa of Japan birdied three of her last six holes after a nearly two-hour weather delay to shoot a par 71 to maintain a one-shot lead in the suspended second round of the U.S. Women’s Open in Charleston, S.C. Jessica Korda was second after a 68. There were 45 players on the course when the horn sounded.

• Scott Parel matched the course record with a 9-under 63 to take a two-shot lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines, Iowa.

• Two days after leading Stanford to an NCAA men’s golf title, Cardinal head coach Conrad Ray was named the winner of the Dave Williams Award as the national coach of the year for the second time in his 15 years on The Farm.

WNBA: Natasha Howard had 19 points and 14 rebounds, Jordin Canada added 12 points and eight assists, and the visiting Seattle Storm beat the Atlanta Dream 82-66. … Yvonne Turner had 18 points and 10 assists to lead Phoenix past visiting Las Vegas 86-84. … Chiney Ogwumike’s 20 points powered the Los Angeles Sparks to a 77-70 victory over visiting Connecticut, her former team.

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