No. 17 Stanford Tops Pacific Baseball, 9-2

No. 17 Stanford Tops Pacific Baseball, 9-2

Stockton, Calif. - Freshman LF Brett Sullivan hit his second home run of the season, but the No. 17 Stanford Cardinal topped Pacific 9-2 Tuesday at Klein Family Field.

Sullivan turned in a two-for-four night, while senior SS Dustin Torchio was one-for-three with a run scored and freshman 3B J.J. Wagner added a one-for-three ballgame. Junior C/RHP Jason Taasaas was one-for-four at the plate and pitched the final inning for Pacific.

Stanford was led by RF Austin Wilson's three-for-five night, while 2B Danny Diekroeger picked up two hits and drove in two. 1B Brian Ragira and 3B Alex Blandino each homered, with Blandino driving in three.

After LF Justin Ringo walked in the top of the first, Ragira's two-run home run put Stanford ahead early. It was Ragira's fifth long ball of the season.

The Tigers cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the second, as Torchio walked and Taasaas singled to right on a perfectly executed hit and run. With runners on the corners, DH Gio Brusa grounded into a double play to plate Torchio.

But Stanford answered with a three-run third. Ringo and CF Wayne Taylor each singled to center and Wilson added a double to left to plate Ringo. Diekroeger added an RBI groundout, and C Brant Whiting singled to left to make it 5-1, before getting thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double.

Pacific sophomore RHP Mike Hager entered in the fourth and allowed one hit in three shutout innings of work and freshman RHP Patrick Weigel added a scoreless seventh inning on one hit allowed. But Stanford starter RHP Bobby Zarubin, RHP Dean McArdle, and RHP Garrett Hughes combined to retire 17 in a row.

The Cardinal blew the game open in the eighth, with four runs. Wilson picked up an infield single and advanced to third on an error. Diekroeger added an RBI single to left. Whiting followed with a single to left and Blandino hit a three-run home run to cap Stanford's scoring. RHP Bryce Lombardi entered to record the final two outs of the inning. Taasaas then took the hill and held Stanford off the board in the ninth.

In the bottom of the ninth, Hughes retired the first batter he faced, but Sullivan hammered a 1-1 pitch over the right field all for his second home run of the year to make it 9-2. Torchio added a single before Hughes recorded a pair of strikeouts to end the ball game.

RHP Jake Jenkins (0-4) took the loss, allowing five runs in three innings on seven hits. Zarubin improved to 2-1 on the year after five innings allowing three hits and one earned run.

Stanford, ranked No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball, improves to 20-11 on the season. The Tigers fall to 6-6 at home and 9-22 overall.

Pacific will play host to UC Irvine in a three-game series opening Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday's game two will begin at 2 p.m. with first pitch for Sunday's Salute To The Troops game at 1 p.m.