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One big inning leads to Stanford series victory over Wildcats

 

Alex Blandino's two-run home run in the third inning highlighted a five-run outburst as the Stanford baseball team downed host Arizona, 5-3, Sunday in a Pac-12 Conference contest.

Logan James (2-2) took a shutout into the eighth inning to the Cardinal (11-13, 24-21) won its second straight conference road series. Stanford improved to three game over .500 for the first time this season.

"It's huge. It's a big series win for us," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "Logan James did a great job and we took advantage of the one big inning and that was the difference in the game."

Stanford looks to keep its late-season momentum when it hosts San Jose State in a nonconference game Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

James allowed just three base runners to reach second base through the seventh. He two runs on six hits overall, with three walks and two strikeouts.

The Cardinal had three extra-base hits, including Blandino's Pac-12-leading eighth homer of the season, to score .

Zach Hoffpauir led off the third with a triple and scored on Wayne Taylor's sacrifice fly, which the left fielder dropped and then threw away to put Taylor on third base.

Brett Michael Doran followed with a sacrifice fly to center field and Danny Diekroeger kept the inning going by drawing a walk.

Blandino followed Diekroeger with his homer, Austin Slater singled and Brant Whiting doubled.

Christopher Castellanos earned his second save of the year with two hitless innings.

Stanford is 13-5 since April 13, including an 8-2 mark away from Klein Field at Sunken Diamond, as it continues to climb back towards the NCAA postseason picture.

"It's all RPI," Marquess said. "That's why we didn't make it last year even though we were 16-14 in the league. It's just the opposite this year where our overall record isn't as good, but our RPI is good. We'll see if that makes a difference but we have to keep playing."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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