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Power offense and power pitching prove the best formula

 

Cal Quantrill produced another quality start and the Stanford baseball team made sure he was rewarded for it in Friday night's 5-2 victory over visiting Washington State in a Pac-12 Conference game.

Quantrill struck out a career-high 10 batters in front of a sellout crowd of 3,598, the largest of the season, on Fireworks Night.

"I felt good," Quantrill said. "The fastball was good, changeup was good and the slider was a nice change. I haven't had it in the last couple games so it felt good to finally have that."

Stanford (25-22, 12-13 Pac-12) continues to keep its postseason hopes alive with six games left.

The two remaining games of the series against the Cougars, dubbed as Dean Stotz Day and Senior Day, hold important NCAA implications.

The Cardinal and Cougars go at again at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Quantrill (4-5) allowed four hits and one run over eight innings. The freshman right-hander struck out at least one Cougar in each inning, including the final out in his last four frames and had 10 total.

Alex Blandino and Zach Hoffpauir each drove in two runs for the Cardinal. Hoffpauir provided his production with one swing of the bat: a two-run homer over the left field fence in the sixth.

Blandino drove in runs on a first-inning sac fly and a third-inning double.

Tommy Edman, Austin Slater and Brant Whiting each added two hits as Stanford out-hit its opponent for the 31st time in 47 games.

Chris Castellanos worked the ninth, allowing one run and striking out two. Brett Michael Doran plated an insurance run on a bases-loaded sac fly in the bottom of the eighth or Castellanos would recorded a save.

Stanford lefty John Hochstatter (8-1, 1.96) looks to keep the Cardinal going against left-hander Jason Monda (2-5, 3.33) in Saturday's televised game (Pac-12 Networks).

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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