Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger drove in four and the Stanford baseball team stranded 14 Texas runners to beat the Longhorns, 5-4, Thursday evening at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond in the first of a four-game series.
"It sets us up great for the rest of the three games," said Diekroeger, who has six hits in the last two games. "Hopefully we can get a couple more and go into finals week feeling good about ourselves."
Diekroeger did all of his damage in the first three innings.
He sent a ground-rule double under the wall to drive in Alex Dunlap in the second, before sending the ball over the right field wall for a two-out three-run shot in the third.
The homer was the first of his career and gave Stanford a 4-2 lead, an advantage it would not relinquish.
Junior Austin Barr added a towering solo homer in the fourth to push Stanford's lead to three.
Texas (8-5) loaded the bases in the sixth, had two on in the eighth and loaded them again in the ninth, but scored just one run in the final four innings.
The Longhorns left the bases jammed in three innings and ended the game with a bases-loaded liner to second baseman Tommy Edman.
Stanford (8-6) used four relievers after freshman starter Keith Weisenberg went four innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He recorded six strikeouts and walked two.
Tyler Thorne (1-0) followed with 1 2/3 hitless innings. Sophomore lefthander Chris Castellanos cleaned up Thorne's sixth inning by striking out lefty Collin Shaw after Thorne loaded the bases on walks.
Colton Hock and Logan James took care of the final three innings, with James earning his third save.
Stanford and Texas at 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.