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Kenny Diekroeger drives in four in Stanford baseball victory over Broncos

 

Menlo School grad Kenny Diekroeger hit a three-run home run and added a run-scoring triple as the Stanford baseball team ended a three-game losing streak with a 10-3 victory over host Santa Clara in a nonconference game Tuesday night.

Lonnie Kauppila added three hits and drove in three runs. Zach Jones added three hits for the Cardinal (17-12), which had lost five of its past six games.

Stanford looks to end another losing streak Thursday when UCLA visits for the start of a three-game Pac-10 series. The Cardinal has lost five straight conference games.

Tyler Gaffney had two hits and drove in two runs. Jake Stewart also had two hits against SCU.

Diekroeger crushed a 2-2 pitch over the left- field fence, also scoring Stewart and Gaffney, to give the Cardinal a 3-0 lead.

The Broncos closed to within 3-2 in their half of the first but Kauppila doubled home Jones in the second.

The game remained tight until a Santa Clara error in the eighth opened the way for three Stanford runs.

Dean McArdle (5-2) pitched the first three innings to gain the victory. A.J. Vanegas, Brian Busick, making his season debut, Scott Snodgress and Chris Reed maintained the lead.

Freshman Danny Diekroeger came on as a pinch- hitter in the ninth, his second at-bat, and stroked a single into center field for his first career hit.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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