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Diekroeger's four hits help Stanford top the Spartans

 

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger collected four hits, one of six players with more than one in the game, and the Stanford baseball team set a season-high for runs in Tuesday's 13-8 nonconference victory over host San Jose State.

Diekroeger, in his first year with the Cardinal, has nine hits in his past 18 at bats after getting one in his first 12.

Junior Austin Barr added a career-high three hits. Sophomore Tommy Edman and freshmen Beau Branton, Matt Winaker and Bryce Carter each added two hits. All six drove in two runs apiece.

"It started with the offense and us hitting," said Diekroeger. "I thought we did a good job putting the ball in play and making them work."

Winaker, hitting a team-best .413, also has seven multi-hit and four multi-RBI games this season.

Jonny Locher, the toughest guy to strike out with Drew Jackson sidelined with an injury, was one of five players to hit a double, also a season best.

Locher, who scored four times against the Spartans, strikes out an average of once every 19 1/2 plate appearances. Jackson has yet to strike out in 18 plate appearances.

The Cardinal (7-6) scored the game's first seven runs and led 11-3 at one point.

"These games are good for us hitters to get our confidence and get our timing down," Diekroger said. "It will get us feeling good going into the weekend with a big series coming up."

Stanford opens a four-game series with visiting Texas (8-4) at 6 p.m. Thursday. The Longhorns had a seven-game winning streak end over the weekend. They opened the season splitting four games with Rice.

Reliever Griffin Weir allowed two runs -- one earned -- on five hits over four innings to earn credit for the win, his first in college. He walked one and struck out five.

Daniel Starwalt earned his first career save by striking out the only batter he faced, with the bases loaded, to end it.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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