Klein takes advantage of rare start to power Stanford

Jack Klein hit a three-run home run and Cal Quantrill pitched a four-hitter as Stanford opened the NCAA baseball tournament with an 8-1 victory over Indiana State on Friday in the Bloomington Regional.

The Cardinal (31-23) meets host Indiana (44-13), the national No. 4 seed, on Saturday at 3 p.m. (PT). The Hoosiers beat Youngstown State, 10-2, in a later game.

Jack Klein
Quantrill (6-5) needed an economical 104 pitches to record his second complete game of the season. He gave up a run in the sixth and then retired 11 of the final 12 batters he faced. Quantrill struck out six and walked two.

"The fastball was good, a little bit wild early, so I backed it up with a changeup," said Quantrill. "I got them looking for the change early so that was good, and obviously it's a lot easier to pitch when you have that kind of run support behind you."

Klein highlighted a four-run sixth inning with his first home run of the year. In just his sixth start of the season, Klein doubled his RBI total to six.

"It was a great feeling. It was probably the last thing on my mind at that point since there was a guy on second," Klein said. "I was just trying to go the opposite way with the way he'd been pitching. Yeah, it was probably one of the best feelings of my entire life."

Danny Diekroeger and Alex Blandino each singled to open the sixth. Austin Slater sacrificed both runners up a base and Zach Hoffpauir, who drove in Stanford's first run in the first, walked.

Brant Whiting hit a sacrifice fly for his 20th RBI of the season, surpassing his 19 of a year ago, ahead of Klein's drive.

"The turning point obviously for us offensively was Jack Klein's three-run home run," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "It gave us a cushion, and as well as Cal was pitching, we hoped that would be enough."

The Sycamores scored their lone run in the bottom of the sixth and the way Quantrill was pitching, that wasn't going to be enough.

The Cardinal added three runs in the ninth, with Brett Michael Doran and Tommy Edman each singling to drive in a run. Doran scored the final run on a wild pitch.

Blandino had two hits and scored twice. The Palo Alto resident scored his 100th career run. Diekroeger, a Menlo School grad, and Klein each added two hits.

Austin Slater went 1-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 18 games. Blandino reached for the 24th straight game.

Earlier Friday, Diekroeger was selected to the Capital One Academic All-America second team, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced.

Diekroeger carries a 3.80 grade-point average in computer science. He was named to the Academic All-District team to be eligible for all-America selection.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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