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Cardinal out slugs Santa Clara for nonconference victory

It's been a while since the Stanford baseball team scored so many runs. The Cardinal hopes it will carry over into the rest of the season.

Stanford beat host Santa Clara, 10-9, its most runs in over a month, in a nonconference game Tuesday.

"It was a good win for us," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "We scored a lot of runs. We gave them a lot of opportunities and walked a lot of people, which we don't like."

The Cardinal (16-17 overall) looks to reach .500 with a nonconference game at St. Mary's at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Austin Slater had two hits and drove in two runs while becoming the first Stanford player to record four triples in back-to-back years since Sean Ratliff (2007-08).

Each team held three-run leads before Santa Clara had batted in the bottom of the second in a game that lasted nearly four hours.

The Cardinal used six pitchers, while Santa Clara sent four different pitchers to the mound. They combined for 13 walks, six hit batters and 13 wild pitches.

Jack Klein scored three runs and had a season-best three hits for Stanford, which has won five of its past six games.

Brett Michael Doran, Alex Blandino and Austin Slater each added two hits for the Cardinal.

Palo Alto High grad T.J. Braff had two hits, including a double and an RBI, for the Broncos.

Stanford matched its season best with six runs in the second.

A hit batter, Klein's first hit of the day and a walk loaded the bases with no outs in the second.

After Wayne Taylor's grounder was bobbled by the shortstop, four of the next five Cardinal hitters drove in runs.

Tommy Edman and Danny Diekroeger sprayed sac flies to the outfield, before Doran singled to set up two more RBI chances. Blandino blasted a double off the wall and Slater singled up the middle to score the sixth run of the hit parade.

The Broncos eventually tied the game at 7 before Chris Viall (2-3) worked 2 2/3 innings to earn the victory.

A.J. Vanegas got the final five outs to record his fifth save of the year.

Softball

Leah White had three hits and drove in three runs to lead Stanford past visiting Santa Clara, 8-0, in five innings of a nonconference game Tuesday night.

The Cardinal (27-18) hosts top-ranked Oregon in a three-game series beginning at 7 p.m. Friday.

Madi Schreyer (19-10) tossed a three-hitter, walking one and struck out three in recording the shutout.

White singled home a pair of runs in the second inning and singled in another run in the fifth.

Kylie Sorenson, Tylyn Wells and Cassandra Roulund each added two hits for Stanford, which won back-to-back games for the first time since March 8-14, when the Cardinal strung together four straight.

Stanford had lost 14 of its previous 16 before winning two in a row.

Sand volleyball

Jordan Burgess and Brittany Howard, playing in the No. 2 position, clinched Stanford's 3-2 victory over visiting USF on Tuesday in the regular season finale.

The Cardinal (5-8) and Dons were tied at 2-2 when Burgess and Howard delivered a 23-21, 21-15 victory.

Inky Ajanaku and Kyle Gilbert, in the No. 4 position, survived a tough three-set match, 21-19, 18-21, 15-9, to record a key victory for Stanford, which completed its second season of sand volleyball.

Madi Bugg and Kelsey Humphreys partnered at the No. 3 spot to put the Cardinal ahead, 2-1, with their 21-12, 21-13 victory.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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