Appel rocked as Stanford falls to FSU 17-1


Appel rocked as Stanford falls to FSU 17-1

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Six Stanford pitchers combined to walk 12 and hit another five as Florida State (47-15) won the opener of the best-of-three Super Regional 17-1 over visiting Stanford (41-17) on Friday evening.

Brandon Leibrandt (8-2), the son of former major leaguer Charlie, went the first 6.0 innings, giving up one run on six hits for the win.

Mark Appel (10-2) gave up seven runs on five hits over the first 4.0 innings, the most runs he had given up since seven at No. 8 Arizona. In his shortest out of the season, 4.0 innings, he gave up all seven in the fourth.

The 17 runs given up by the Cardinal were the most playoff runs given up by the program, tying the 17-3 loss to Miami in the 1985 College World Series.

FSU's Travis Devon homered twice and drove in six runs. Stanford's Brian Ragira (three) and Jake Stewart (two) accounted for five of the seven hits.

Florida State batted around and sent 12 men to the plate in the fourth, scoring seven times to lead 7-1. Appel struggled with his control in the fourth, giving up two bases loaded walks (three total) and hitting a batter earlier in the inning. Following the two walks, he gave up back-to-back singles to make it 5-1. A wild pitch made it 6-1. A sacrifice fly completed the damage. Appel also gave up four hits in the inning.

FSU batted around again in the fifth, sending 11 men to the plate against three Cardinal relievers and adding another four runs to make it 11-1. Stanford pitchers walked another four in the inning, hit another batter and gave up two hits.

NOTES: Other than elimination games, Stanford has given up 14 or more runs in the playoff four previous times. The next game all resulted in wins... Saturday's Super Regional is on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. PT, with Sunday's game, if necessary, at 4 p.m. PT... former Stanford softball Olympian Jessica Mendoza was doing sideline reporting for ESPN2 with Mike Patrick and Nomar Garciapara in the booth.

Courtesy Stanford media services

Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


Limping Love leads Stanford to Big Game win over Cal


PALO ALTO — Bryce Love rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown despite missing most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury, and No. 20 Stanford held off California 17-14 on Saturday to keep its Pac-12 title hopes alive.

K.J. Costello completed 17 of 26 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown, Ben Edwards made a key interception in the fourth quarter and Cameron Scarlett rushed for 49 yards on the final drive in place of Love to help the Cardinal (8-3, 7-2 Pac-12) milk the clock and win its eighth straight Big Game.

Stanford can earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game against USC but needs some help.

The Cardinal can get there if No. 15 Washington State loses to No. 16 Washington next week. If the Cougars — who beat Stanford 24-21 on Nov. 4 — beat the Huskies, they get the nod because of the tiebreaker.

The nation's leading rusher going into the game, Love was held in check most of the game by Cal's defense and sat out the final 11:43 after re-injuring his ankle that has bothered him for the past month. He did stay on the field long enough to score a 57-yard touchdown — his 11th run of 50 yards or longer this season.

Scarlett, Love's primary backup all season, also came up big for Stanford. Scarlett rushed for 61 yards, the majority coming on the Cardinal's last drive that took the final 7:25. Scarlett's 2-yard gain on 4th-and-1 kept the drive going.

Patrick Laird ran for 153 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while Ross Bowers passed for 182 yards and a touchdown for California. The Golden Bears (5-6, 2-6) need a win in their final game to become bowl eligible in coach Justin Wilcox's first season.


California: The Bears made the Cardinal sweat and kept the game a lot closer than many thought possible. Wilcox's defense did a good job bottling up Love most of the game but couldn't stop Scarlett on the final drive which was huge. Still, there are plenty of positives for Cal to take out of this one.

Stanford: It wasn't the best game for David Shaw's team but the Cardinal gritted it out and held off a pesky Cal team that had plenty to play for. The conference title can still happen but before that Stanford has a pretty big game coming up against Notre Dame.


California: Ends the regular season at UCLA on Saturday.

Stanford: The Cardinal stay home and will host No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday. Stanford has won the last two and six of last eight against the Irish.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital


Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report