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Stanford gets plenty of offense, not enough big hits in loss

 

The Stanford baseball team collected 13 hits, but stranded 12 runners on base in a 9-3 series-deciding loss to No. 3 UCLA Sunday afternoon.

A season-high 2,740 fans came out to Klein Field at Sunken Diamond to watch the Bruins win a series over Stanford for the first time since 2010.

Stanford (18-23, 5-13 Pac-12) outhit UCLA, 34-28, in the series to produce a .321 batting average against the Bruins' stellar pitching staff. Nine errors and 20 runners left on combined during Saturday and Sunday's games allowed UCLA to erase a 1-0 series deficit with back-to-back wins.

"We played our best game of the year on Friday night, then Saturday and Sunday we really gave them too much," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "They got a lot of hits but we made errors in conjunction with that and made some mental mistakes. We just gave them too many base runners and couldn't keep up with them."

UCLA (31-9, 16-5 Pac-12) has not lost a series all season. The Bruins' 10th consecutive series win has them at the top of the Pac-12 standings.

Jesse Kuet, Zach Hoffpauir, Beau Branton, Jonny Locher and Bryce Carter all had two hits apiece as part of Stanford's 13-hit attack Sunday. The Cardinal was only outhit by one, 14-13, despite the six-run difference.

Locher hit a two-run homer to left field on the eighth pitch of an at-bat against UCLA starter Griffin Canning to give Stanford its only lead of the day, 2-1, in the second.

That advantage was short-lived, as the Bruins plated four in the next half inning before adding two in the sixth and two in the ninth.

Palo Alto High grad Christoph Bono had an RBI and scored a run for the Bruins in addition to starting in center field and making a nice running grab to end an inning.

— Stanford Athletics

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