Sophomore right-hander Dean McArdle took a shutout into the eighth inning and settled for a seven-hitter over 7 2/3 innings as the Stanford baseball team beat Texas, 9-1, Saturday in the second game of a three-game series.
Jordan Pries goes to the mound for the Cardinal (6-4) in Sunday's series finale against the sixth-ranked Longhorns.
McArdle, making his third start, pitched a career-high in innings. He's been a midweek starter and weekend relief pitcher thus far. He lowered his ERA to 1.29 over 14 innings.
Stephen Piscotty doubled twice and drove in two runs for Stanford. Ben Clowe and Brian Ragira each drove in a pair of runs, while Jake Stewart, Kenny Diekroeger and Lonnie Kauppila each had two hits.
Piscotty doubled home Tyler Gaffney with the Cardinal first run. He scored on an error when Texas' right fielder Mark Payton mishandled Diekroeger's single.
Piscotty also doubled home Gaffney, who walked three times, during a three-run fifth that gave Stanford a 6-0 advantage.
Clowe tripled home a run and Ragira followed with a single for a two-run eighth.
McArdle (2-0) allowed one run, walked three and struck out three for the win.
There were no last-second comebacks, no dramatic turn of events as has happened during 'The Streak' over the years.
Second-ranked Stanford still rule Taube Tennis Center with nothing more than a racket, talent and determination.
The Cardinal dispatched visiting California, 5-1, in a nonconference match Saturday to extend the longest recognized home winning streak in NCAA Division I athletics to 173 consecutive matches, 141 during the regular season.
The Bears were the last visitors to win at Stanford, and that was 12 years and a scoring change ago. You only get one point for taking at least two of three doubles matches.
When Cal beat the Cardina1, 5-4, on Feb. 27, 1999, each doubles match carried its own weight in points.
Freshmen Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn once again led the charge from their Nos. 3 and 4 slots, respectively, on the singles ladder. They each won in fairly convincing fashion in straight sets.
Carolyn McVeigh also had a relatively easy time of it at No. 6, winning in straight sets.
Sophomore Stacey Tan provided the best moment of the day, rallying from a 6-2 setback in the first set to win the second set in a tie-breaker and then the rally scoring that substitutes for the third set on occasion.
As if the current streak of 173 matches isn't enough, consider that Cal ended a then school record 52-match home winning streak. That means Stanford has won 225 of its last 226 home matches, dating to a loss to Texas in 1995.
Jeremy Green scored 19 points but Stanford lost to host California, 74-55, Saturday in the regular season finale.
Stanford was within eight points early in the second half before the Bears began to pull away.
The Cardinal (7-11, 15-15) will meet Oregon State in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Michelle Prong had four hits, Melisa Koutz drove in two runs and Teagan Gerhart took a shutout into the seventh inning as Stanford downed UC Santa Barbara, 7-2, Saturday at the DeMarini Invitational in Fullerton.
Alix Van Zandt's fourth-inning home run was the only run of the game until the Cardinal (15-3) exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh, highlighted by Koutz's two-run double.
Stanford recorded 15 hits, including three by Ashley Hansen, one of them a triple, and two from Jenna Rich and Caitlyn Pura.
Gerhart walked one and struck out 10 in winning her eight game in 11 decisions.
The Cardinal (16-3) finished the day with a 14-2 victory over Murray State as Van Zandt hit her third home run in four games and finished with a pair of RBI.
Prong was 2-for-3 and has gone 7-of-9 with five RBI over her last three games.
Pura and Danielle Miller each drove in three runs and Ashley Hansen drove in two runs.
Emilie Boeri scored four times and Leslie Foard added three goals as Stanford beat host Ohio State, 17-5, in a nonconference contest Saturday.
Stanford (5-0) could be on the verge of a breakthrough season. The ninth-ranked Cardinal ranks among the top 10 nationally in scoring offense with a balanced attack led by Foard, who has 14 goals and 19 points.
Last year Stanford edged the Buckeyes, 11-10, at home.
The Cardinal meets Canisus on Sunday, also in Columbus, Ohio.
Second-ranked Stanford looks to complete a perfect dual-meet season when the Cardinal (15-0) takes on host California (1-11), No. 7 Oregon State (13-5) and No. 18 Denver (7-8) at Berkeley's Haas Pavilion on Sunday at 2 p.m.
This meet represents Stanford's final competition before the Pac-10 Championships on March 19 at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.
Stanford's top team of Bradley Klahn and Ryan Thacher won a pair of matches on Friday to advance to Saturday's round of 16 at the 122nd Pacific Coast Doubles tournament.
Stanford had five teams entered in the field, with now only Klahn and Thacher left in the main draw.