Zach Hoffpauir collected a career-high five hits and drove in a run, Jack Klein drove in a pair of runs and Cal Quantrill pitched a four-hitter over eight innings as the Stanford baseball team opened its final regular-season series with a 5-0 victory over host Utah in Pac-12 conference action Friday.
Danny Diekroeger and Brant Whiting also drove in runs for the Cardinal (14-14, 28-23), which has won 10 of its last 14 games in hopes of reaching the postseason.
Stanford, five games over .500 for the first time this year, and Utah continue its series at 11 a.m. (PT) on Saturday.
Quantrill (5-5), who lowered his ERA to 2.97, dazzled through the middle innings, retiring 12 in a row at one point. He struck out 10 and walked two. Chris Castellanos started the ninth but needed help from A.J. Vanegas, who closed it out.
Hoffpauir's first hit drove in Diekroeger with Stanford's first run in the first. That's all the Cardinal pitching staff needed, though the Cardinal added singled runs in the sixth and seventh and two more in the ninth.
Diekroeger doubled home the run in sixth, Whiting hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh and Klein, as a pinch hitter, singled home two runs in the ninth.