Senior Mark Appel, pitching in probably his final game at Sunken Diamond, allowed just three hits over eight innings, and Stanford edged No. 8 UCLA 2-1 on Friday night.

Appel (10-4) struck out nine to improve his Pac-12 leading total to 130.

He's expected to a high first-round draft pick in June. The ex-Monte Vista High right-hander turned down Pittsburgh's $3.8 million offer as the eighth overall choice in 2012.

Stanford scored twice in the sixth to take a 2-1 lead. Austin Slater had an RBI triple, then scored on Brian Ragira's sacrifice fly.

Stanford, 31-21 overall and 15-13 in the Pac-12, has won five straight and is fighting for a spot in the NCAA tournament. UCLA fell to 38-16 (20-8).

  • Former San Jose State cross country coach Ron Davis plans to file a wrongful-termination lawsuit against the school next month, his attorney said. The Spartans, who hired Davis last spring and gave him a one-year contract, announced Thursday that he would not be reappointed.

    Davis, a member of the Spartans' athletic Hall of Fame and former NCAA cross country champion, referred questions to his lawyer, Waukeen McCoy. "We tried to resolve the issue prior to this point, but they have flatly refused to deal with us," McCoy said.

    SJSU declined to comment. Under Davis, the men's and women's teams finished last in the WAC in 2012-13 -- results in line with performances of previous teams.


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  • The Stanford women's golf team tied for 13th at the NCAA championships. The Cardinal had a four-day total of 1,200 at the University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens. San Jose State was 19th at 1,209.

    Stanford's Mariah Stackhouse closed with a 9-over 81 and tied for 29th at 7-over 295. The Spartans' Regan De Guzman, who led after Day 1, had an 84 and tied for 42nd at 299.

    Freshman Annie Park shot a 1-under 71 to top the individual standings and help USC win its third title. USC finished at 19-under 1,133 -- 15 shots better than the previous tournament record -- to beat runner-up Duke by 21 shots. Park finished at 10-under 278 for a six-shot win.

  • Defending champion Nicole Gibbs of Stanford reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA women's singles tennis championship with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Texas A&M's Christina Sanchez-Quintanar in Urbana, Ill. Gibbs' teammate Krista Hardebeck lost to Georgia's Lauren Herring 6-0, 6-2, and Cal's Zsofi Susanyi fell to Clemson's Yana Koroleva 7-5, 7-6 (6).

  • Cal's Ray Stewart (James Logan High-Union City) had the fourth fastest heat time in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA West Preliminary track and field meet in Austin. Texas. He was timed in 13.81 seconds and will need to finish among the top 12 in Saturday's second round to advance to the NCAA Championships, which are June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.

  • Cal senior Lindsey Ziegenhirt was named the Pac-12 Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

  • Cal senior attacker Megan Takacs was named a women's lacrosse All-American by WomensLax.com.

  • Saint Mary's named basketball star Matthew Dellavedova and tennis player Jenny Jullien its Male and Female Athletes of the Year.

    Cal League

    Tickets are now available for the Cal League-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 18 at Municipal Stadium. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. There is a Fan Fest at 4, Home Run Derby at 5:30 and the game at 7:35. For information, go to sjgiants.com.

    Basketball

    Former Saint Mary's guard Mickey McConnell went 9 for 12 from 3-point range en route to 31 points in Tezenis Verona's 12-point playoff win over Novipiu' Casale Monferrato. Tezenis was ousted from the Lega 2 (Italy) playoffs two nights later.

    Staff writer Jon Wilner contributed to this report.