Feb. 26, 2013
MORAGA, Calif. - Stanford improved its winning streak to five games by rolling past St. Mary's, 7-2. Jonny Locher shined for the Cardinal on a sunny Tuesday afternoon at Louis Guisto Field, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and a run for the visiting Cardinal (6-2).
The 14th-ranked Cardinal will take a few days off before welcoming Texas to Sunken Diamond for a three-game series (March 1-3). Game one begins at 5:30 p.m. (PT) on Friday.
St. Mary's (4-4) scored early to set the stage for a third straight come-from-behind victory for Stanford. The Cardinal hinged its offensive production on a season-high 15 hits while the bullpen surrendered one run. Stanford has now recorded double-digit hits in each of its last three contests.
Colin Ferguson homered off of Dean McArdle in the first while the Cardinal waited until the third to tie it at 1-1. Diekroeger followed Locher's double with a single to left to plate the freshman outfielder.
McArdle tossed the first 3.0 innings and held the Gaels to one earned run on three hits.
David Schmidt (2-0) tossed the next three frames, striking out four without a walk. The Gaels managed four hits and one earned run off of Schmidt.
The Cardinal took the lead on Drew Jackson's RBI groundout as part of a two-run fourth. Austin Slater started the inning with a walk and Dominic Jose's double down the leftfield line drew chalk to put two on base for Jackson's at-bat. Jackson brought home Slater, and Whiting singled through the right side to score a charging Jose, who never thought twice when rounding third.
Locher's second double on the day nearly scored Whiting, but the catcher was thrown out at the dish on a one-hopper by St. Mary's rightfielder Brenden Kalifus.
Trevor Ellison singled in the bottom half of the fourth to score Anthony Villa and bring the Gaels within one, 3-2.
Justin Ringo belted a two-out solo homer to right for Stanford's 10th hit which gave the visitors a 4-2 cushion in the seventh.
Sam Lindquist fanned three in the seventh while leaving a pair of Gaels stranded.
Two were away when Jackson singled up the middle in the eighth. Whiting followed with a standup triple to the wall in center to put Stanford ahead, 5-2.
Whiting went 3-for-4 with a team-high two RBI.
Brian Ragira's second hit followed a Diekroeger leadoff single in the final stanza. Ringo drew a walk and Slater slammed a sacrifice fly to center to score Diekroeger from third. Lonnie Kauppila drove in Stanford's seventh run with an RBI single to right-center.