Slater, Blandino extend streaks in Stanford baseball loss

Washington State scored eight runs in the final two innings to pull away from host Stanford for a 10-1 win at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond Sunday afternoon. The Cardinal lost a chance at its first Pac-12 sweep after winning the first two games of the series.

"They played much better than we did and they pitched a little better even though (Logan) James pitched well," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "Logan pitched well enough for us to win the game."

James (2-3) kept Stanford close by allowing only two runs over seven innings. He struck out seven, while allowing five hits and two walks, but was bettered by Washington State starter Tanner Chleborad, who has allowed one run over his past 15 innings.

James has a 2.01 ERA over his past five games, including three starts. He's struck out 18 and walked eight over the 22 1/3-inning span.

Marquess said Chleborad, "did a really good job," in inducing 11 ground-ball outs during seven innings on the hill. Chleborad finished with one earned run against him on three hits, two walks and four strikeouts.

Chleborad (4-6) could have gone longer, as he threw only 95 pitches through seven, but Washington State used a lengthy eighth inning in which nine batters went to the plate to take a 7-1 lead.

WSU turned it over to Kellen Camus and Ian Hamilton in the bullpen, who each allowed one hit in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

Stanford (26-23, 13-14 Pac-12) was out-hit for the first time in the series, 12-5.

Austin Slater had two of the hits, including an RBI double in the fifth, to extend his career-long hitting streak to 13 games. The double made it 2-1, where the score stood until the devastating eighth frame.

Alex Blandino also advanced a career-best streak, as he walked to reach for the 19th consecutive game.

Five pitchers came out of the Stanford bullpen in the last two innings. The first four allowed runs. David Schmidt stopped the bleeding by getting the final three outs.

"We really have had some good starting pitching the last few series," Marquess said. "That's why we have been able to win two out of three the last three weekends."

The Cardinal plays its last home game Monday, against Pacific, at 5:30 p.m. Stanford finishes its regular season slate Friday through Sunday in Salt Lake City.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics


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