Stanford starter Dean McArdle threw two innings of shutout ball and paved the way for the Cardinal bullpen to secure a 5-0 win over visiting California on Wednesday.
David Schmidt (1-0) stepped in for McArdle in the third and got the win after fanning a pair and permitting three hits in 3 2/3 innings of work.
No. 11 Stanford evened its record to 2-2 with the win at Sunken Diamond in front of 1,198 fans. Cal (3-1) was handed its first loss on the season after sweeping Michigan last weekend.
Temperatures dipped into the mid-40s during the matchup, but that didn't keep the Cardinal arms from staying warm throughout the evening. Marcus Brakeman provided 1 1/3 innings of reliable relief and Sam Lindquist punched out four in the game's final two frames.
Leading 5-0 in the sixth, Stanford chose to move Brakeman to the mound after Schmidt hit a batter and soon delivered a wild pitch to put runners on first and second. Cal's Max Dutto then wore a Brakeman offering to load the bases, but the Stanford hurler regrouped to fan Mitchell Kranson and extinguish the threat.
Cal left multiple runners on base in three innings and 10 on the evening. The Cardinal also left 10 stranded but out-hit the Golden Bears, 7-5. The teams combined to hit seven batters.
Drew Jackson and Austin Slater had two hits apiece for Stanford with Menlo School grad Danny Diekroeger adding a team-high two RBI.
The Cardinal jumped out in front with a two-run first inning on four hits. Jackson knocked an infield single on the first pitch he saw from the leadoff spot, advanced to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on Diekroeger's single through the right side.
Slater's first career hit was good for an RBI single to score Diekroeger which put the Cardinal ahead, 2-0.
Brian Ragira drove in Stanford's third run with an RBI groundout two innings later. The first baseman also added a stolen base on the evening.
Alex Blandino drew a walk with the bases loaded in the fourth to plate Wayne Taylor, who got on base after being hit by a pitch and was joined by Jackson after the freshman tallied another infield single. Ragira was hit by a pitch to load the bases prior to Blandino's at-bat.
Sitting on a 4-0 lead, Lonnie Kauppila faced a 3-2 count but drew a walk and scored on pinch-hitter Justin Ringo's triple down the right-field line in the fifth.
Stanford resumes its four-game homestand with a weekend series against Fresno State. First pitch for Friday's game is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Stanford was in fifth place at 6-over-par 290 after the second round Wednesday at the Prestige at PGA West on the Greg Norman Course in La Quinta.
Under very windy conditions, Washington and UCLA were the only two teams to shoot under par, sharing a first-place lead at 565. The Cardinal trailed by 10 strokes.
Senior Andrew Yun led Stanford in the second round after recording a 3-under 68. Yun birdied the second, eighth, 10th, 11th, and 14th holes.
"The conditions were tough," said Yun (72-68), who currently ties for sixth at 140. "I practiced hitting some low shots, keeping it underneath the wind and trying to manage my game as best as I can. Luckily I executed all of the shots I wanted to hit and kept it in play, which was really key."
Cardinal frontrunner Cameron Wilson (67-72) shot 1-over to tie for fourth at 139. An early double bogey derailed the start of his front nine but the junior made birdie on the eighth, 11th, and 12th to keep his lead.
Shooting 5-over, sophomore Patrick Rodgers (70-76) finished the second round tied for 26th.
Freshman David Boote (76-74) tied for 52nd while senior Steve Kearney (76-79) finished in 73rd.
The Cardinal individuals were led by freshman Dominick Francks (77-73) who shot 2-over to tie for 52nd. Redshirt junior Andre DeDecker (73-80) finished tied for 63rd. Tying for 77th was sophomore Patrick Grimes (71-87). Junior Shane Lebow (76-91) finished at 87th in the second round.
Stanford senior Jenna Rich has been named a top-30 candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Wednesday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition.
Rich is a returning All-American and the starting shortstop for the Cardinal this season. The El Segundo native is a three-time All-Pac-12 pick and a two-time All-West Region first team selection. Two weeks in to the 2013 season, Rich leads the Pac-12 in walks (10) and ranks second in triples (2) and sixth in RBI (12).
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolŪ, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.