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Cardinal falls behind early in Pac-12 baseball loss to Beavers

 

The largest crowd of the season got to see some fireworks at Stanford's Sunken Diamond, though most of them came after the Cardinal's 5-2 loss to visiting Oregon State on Friday night in Pac-12 baseball action.

The Beavers took a 5-0 lead Friday and held on to spoil Fireworks Night for 3,453 fans, who came out to enjoy the action and postgame show.

Stanford (22-29, 7-18 Pac-12) outhit Oregon State, 11-8, but stranded 13 runners, one off of its high for 2015.

Drew Jackson led the way with four hits and Tommy Edman and Matt Winaker each added a pair. Jackson improved his average to .312, which will lead the team with three more at bats in his next game.

Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger is hitting .315, but hasn't played the past 20 games due to injury.

Edman currently leads the team with a .305 average.

Stanford loaded the bases in the fifth after a double from Jackson, a walk to Beau Branton and an infield single to short by Edman.

Zach Hoffpauir grounded into a double play, allowing Jackson to score, and Winaker singled to drive in another run

Oregon State (34-14-1, 15-9 Pac-12) was led by 5 2/3 strong innings from starter Andrew Moore, who is on the 30-man Golden Spikes Award watch list.

Brett Hanewich (3-6) allowed five runs, four earned, in the first 4 1/3 innings. He walked a career high seven batters, while allowing six hits and striking out four.

Chris Viall was the bright spot for Stanford's bullpen. After Tyler Thorne finished the fifth with two outs and no runs, Viall allowed just one hit in four innings, retiring 12 of 16 batters faced.

Stanford looks to even the series Saturday at 7 p.m. on Pac-12 Networks. Marc Brakeman (1-3, 3.55) faces Drew Rasmussen (5-3, 2.70)

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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