Stanford senior Mark Appel recorded 10 strikeouts, his fifth consecutive 10-or more outing, and No. 23 Stanford beat host Washington State, 3-0, Thursday in a Pac-12 Conference baseball game.
Appel scattered four hits and worked his way out of a number of jams to strand nine Cougars for the complete-game victory. Eight of the Washington State runners stood in scoring position
Appel (4-2) walked one of the 36 batters faced Thursday evening to help Stanford (12-8 overall, 2-2 Pac-12 Conference) snap a three-game skid. His 10 strikeouts brought his career total to 306, moving him into eighth place on the Cardinal's all-time chart.
Since striking out three in his Feb. 15 season debut at Rice, Appel has fanned 61 in his last five starts while permitting three earned runs over the 42-inning stretch. The win was his third complete-game victory this season.
Washington State entered the week ranked second in the NCAA with a .335 batting average and third in slugging pct. (.486). The Cougars led the Pac-12 in doubles (54), home runs (17), extra-base hits (78) and on-base pct. (.406). Stanford held the home team without an extra-base hit.
Prior to Appel's start against Washington State (15-9, 2-2), the Cardinal had outscored opponents by a slim 14-13 margin in the All-American's decisions.
Stanford used nine hits, including three in a three-run third, to pick up the win while giving Appel ample room to work.
Brian Ragira and Alex Blandino each had three hits for the Cardinal. Each of Blandino's hits were doubles.
Blandino dropped a leadoff double down the leftfield line to start the second. Wayne Taylor drew a one-out walk in front of Brant Whiting's single through the left side. With the bases loaded, Ragira lined a two-run single up the middle to start a three-run rally.
The Cougars got another infield single in the second and managed only two more hits on the evening.
Ragira's third hit came in the fourth and Blandino added another double in the sixth. Blandino cranked his third double to start the ninth.
The series continues at 6 p.m. on Friday.
No. 15 Stanford beat No. 12 UCLA, 5-1, Thursday, in its Pac-12 Conference home opener.
The Cardinal (23-8, 1-3 in the Pac-12) continues its series with the Bruins in a televised game (Pac-12 Networks) Friday at 7 p.m.
Senior pitcher Teagan Gerhart (12-4) earned the win after allowing one run on five hits with five strikeouts. It was her ninth complete game of the year.
Freshman first baseman Kayla Bonstrom led the Cardinal offensively with two hits, two RBI and a run scored.
Freshman catcher Jessica Plaza added a two-run double for Stanford, while senior shortstop Jenna Rich also drove in a run.
Stanford finished with five runs on seven hits, while the Bruins posted one run on five hits. Neither team committed an error in the contest.
After UCLA scored in the first, Stanford answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Left fielder Leah White drew a walk, Bonstrom singled and Rich singled in the first run. A single by right fielder Cassandra Roulund loaded the bases for Plaza, who hit a two-run double.
Stanford added two runs in the bottom of the second inning to push the score to 5-1. After third baseman Hanna Winter and White each drew walks, Bonstrom brought them home with a double to left centerfield.