May 27, 2016
STANFORD, Calif. – Oregon had the tying run on base in the eighth inning but couldn’t get the big hit as Stanford held on to clinch the series with a 4-2 win on Friday night at Sunken Diamond.
How it happened: Stanford (30-23, 14-15 Pac-12) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third. The Cardinal used a one-out double and a base hit to put runners on the corners and then scored on a comebacker that David Peterson fumbled before throwing to first for the out. Jonny Locher, who had the Stanford double, scored after looking like he might get hung up between third and home.
Stanford broke open a tight game in the bottom of the sixth. Mikey Diekroeger delivered a three-run double with two outs off Oregon starter David Peterson to push the lead to 4-0. Peterson was one pitch away from getting out of the inning unscathed after giving up back-to-back singles to open the inning. He retired two straight batters, before intentionally walking Austin Barr, and then had a 0-2 count when Diekroeger delivered the double to left center to clear the bases.
Oregon (29-25, 14-15 Pac-12) cut the lead in half in the eighth with a little help from the Cardinal. A.J. Balta picked up an RBI on what should have been a sacrifice fly but left fielder Quinn Brodey dropped it to make the score 4-1. Steven Packard scored an unearned later in the inning on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.
Box score notes: Peterson allowed four runs on seven hits in 5.2 innings pitched … Oregon got a first-inning hit from Packard with its second hit not coming until Kyle Kasser picked up a single in the eighth … Kasser reached base three times – on an error in the third, a walk in the sixth and the base hit in the eighth … Shortstop Travis Moniot had his consecutive games started streak snapped at 53. The freshman had started every game of the season, all at shortstop … Sophomore Daniel Patzlaff made his first start at shortstop since March 31, 2015 vs. Portland … Junior A.J. Balta batted fifth in the lineup, only the second time all season he batted lower than third in the order. Balta batted seventh in Oregon’s 3-2 loss at Michigan State on April 1 … Senior Phil Craig-St. Louis made his first start since April 6 … Stanford starter Tristan Beck (6-5) got the win allowing just one hit with five walks in 6.2 innings.
On deck: The Ducks and Cardinal will wrap up the three-game series at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Oregon will send Matt Mercer (2-1, 4.28) to the mound, while Stanford will counter with Chris Castellanos (7-2, 3.63).