|Washington State (23-27)||0||0||0||1||1||0||0||5||3||10||12||0|
|Stanford, Calif. | Klein Field at Sunken Diamond
|Win: Tanner Chleborad (4-6)|
|Loss: Logan James (2-3)|
|Austin Slater - 2-4, 2B, RBI|
|Zach Hoffpauir - 1-4, R|
STANFORD, Calif. -- Washington State scored eight runs in the final innings to pull away from Stanford for a 10-1 win at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal came up short of a three-game sweep after winning the first two games of the series.
“They played much better than we did and they pitched a little better even though (Logan) James pitched well,” said Mark Marquess, the Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball. “Logan pitched well enough for us to win the game.”
James (2-3) kept Stanford close by allowing only two runs over seven innings. He struck out seven, while allowing five hits and two walks, but was bettered by Washington State starter Tanner Chleborad.
Marquess said Chleborad, “did a really good job,” in inducing 11 ground-ball outs during seven innings on the hill. Chleborad finished with one earned run against him on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Chleborad (4-6) could have gone longer, as he threw only 95 pitches through seven, but Washington State used a lengthy eighth inning in which nine batters went to the plate to take a 7-1 lead. WSU turned it over to Kellen Camus and Ian Hamilton in the bullpen, who each allowed one hit in the eighth and ninth, respectively.
Stanford (26-23, 13-14 Pac-12) was out-hit for the first time in the series, 12-5. Austin Slater had two of the hits, including an RBI double in the fifth, to extend his career-long hitting streak to 13 games. The double made it 2-1, where the score stood until the devastating eighth frame.
Alex Blandino also advanced a career-best streak, as he walked to reach for the 19th consecutive game.
Washington State (23-27, 13-14 Pac-12) was led Nick Tanielu’s four-hit day. The Cardinal was also stung by Trace Tam Sing’s bases-clearing double in the eighth. Tam Sing hit two home runs, his first two of the season, on Friday.
Five pitchers came out of the Stanford bullpen in the last two innings. The first four allowed runs, before David Schmidt stopped the bleeding by getting the final three outs.
Despite the loss, Stanford won its third straight Pac-12 series. Marquess said, “We really have had some good starting pitching the last few series. That's why we have been able to win two out of three the last three weekends.”
The Cardinal plays its last home game tomorrow against Pacific starting at 5:30 p.m. Stanford finishes its regular season slate Friday-Sunday at Utah.