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Errors costly in Stanford's 4-3 baseball loss to host Pacific

 

Freshman Matt Winaker drove in two runs and Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger hit safely for the eighth time in nine games but it was host Pacific which took advantage of two Stanford errors to grab a 4-3 nonconference baseball victory over the Cardinal on Monday night in Stockton.

Stanford (11-18) dropped its fourth straight and 12 of its past 14 overall. The Cardinal has lost nine games by two or fewer runs so far.

The same two teams will meet again Tuesday at Stanford, with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 p.m., weather permitting.

Diekroeger, who opened the season with one hit in his first 12 at-bats, leads Stanford with a .325 batting average. He's hitting .366 (26 for 71) over his past 21 games.

Cardinal starter Colton Hock took a shutout into the fifth inning. He walked the first hitter, but got the next two outs before a single ended his day.

Quinn Brodey took over and got Tyler Suillivan to hit an infield grounder that was misplayed to load the bases. Gio Brusa followed with a two-run single.

The Cardinal tied the score in the sixth. Jack Klein doubled and Jonny Locher walked to open the frame. Following a pitching change and two outs, Winaker delivered a two-run single for his team-leading 16th and 17th RBI of the year.

Brett Sullivan led off the bottom half of the sixth with his sixth homer to put the Tigers on top again.

A passed ball helped set up Pacific's final run in the eighth, a successful squeeze play.

Following Winaker's single, Stanford did not have another baserunner until Tommy Edman and Winaker opened the ninth with walks. Beau Branton drove in Stanford's final run with an infield grounder.

Pacific (7-23) ended an eight-game losing streak to the Cardinal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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