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Hanewich, Hoffpauir lead Cardinal to Pac-12 baseball win

 

Zach Hoffpauir had four hits and drove in a pair of runs to help support Brett Hanewich's complete-game effort and the Stanford baseball team opened its Pac-12 series against visiting UCLA with a 6-1 victory Friday night in Sunken Diamond.

The Cardinal (5-11 in the Pac-12, 18-21 overall) has won seven of its past 10 games heading into Saturday's 7 p.m. game against the third-ranked Bruins (14-5, 29-9).

Tommy Edman, Beau Branton, Jack Klein and Jonny Locher also drove in runs for Stanford, which has won five of its past seven conference games.

Branton extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games. He's hitting .342 (13 for 38) with 11 RBI over that stretch and has driven in a run in eight straight.

Jesse Kuet added three hits, while Drew Jackson, Branton and Klein each added a pair of hits.

Hanewich (3-3) retired the final 10 batters he faced to lower his ERA to 3.84. He allowed one run on three hits, walking three and striking out nine in recording his second career complete game.

"Obviously it was a huge win for us," said Hanewich, whose swinging strikeout of Kort Peterson ended the game. "Not only huge for today, but huge for the whole weekend. Getting that four-run inning helped me with my confidence."

Hoffpauir, who missed 23 games with an injury, has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games after opening the season with two hits in 23 at bats. He's hitting .486 over his past 10, with 14 RBI and three home runs.

Jackson, who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week (following Hoffpauir), has worked his average to .312. Hoffpauir is at .333.

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger (.315) missed his fourth straight contest for Stanford with a left shoulder injury.

Stanford broke the game open with a four-run fourth, with Edman, Hoffpauir, Branton and Locher driving in runs. Hoffpauir added an RBI single in the sixth.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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