This Stanford baseball team is super after sweeping regional

Clowe hits two home runs, drives in four in Cardinal 14-2 victory over Illinois

Ben Clowe hit it hard, hit it high and hit it often, resulting in a career game for the senior designated hitter and a trip to a Super Regional for the Stanford baseball team.

Clowe hit a pair of home runs among a career-high four hits and drove in a career-best four runs as the 21st-ranked Cardinal beat Illinois, 14-2, in the championship game of the Fullerton Regional in the NCAA tournament Sunday night.

Austin Wilson also hit a home run among his three hits for Stanford (35-20), which won its fifth straight, sixth of seven and 14th of 17 overall.

Saturday's winning pitcher Jordan Pries was named Tournament MVP, while Clowe, Lonnie Kauppila, Stephen Piscotty and Tyler Gaffney, who extended his hitting streak to 20 games, were named to the all-tournament team.

The Cardinal will make travel plans for seventh-ranked and third overall seed North Carolina (47-14) for the best two-of-three series, which begins Friday in Chapel Hill, N.C. First pitch is noon (ESPN2). Saturday's game also will be at noon (PT).

Stanford avoided any distractions from Monday's First-Year Player Draft, which will be completed over a three-day period. Cardinal closer Chris Reed figures to have the best chance of getting drafted on the first day.

Stanford senior Danny Sandbrink (4-1) went seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits to earn the victory on Sunday. He walked one and struck out five. Brian Busick pitched the final two innings, recording five strikeouts.

Clowe, recording his first career multi-home run game, hit his first home run since March 29 against St. Mary's. He also matched his career-high with three runs scored.

Kauppila added three hits and drove in three runs.

Menlo School grad Jack Mosbacher added an RBI triple, his first career hit and RBI, and scored a run as Stanford advanced to its first Super Regional in three years.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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