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Extra inning loss to WSU ends Stanford's baseball season

 

Cooper Elliott hit a sacrifice fly to right field in the 11th inning to give Washington State a 3-2 win over the Stanford baseball team Sunday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

The Cardinal took both ends of a doubleheader Saturday to secure the series win in the final three games of the 2015 season.

Stanford (24-32, 9-21 Pac-12) ended its injury-riddled season with the longest of its 56 games. The Cardinal will not earn a postseason bid after being one of five teams in the country to qualify for three of the last four NCAA Super Regionals. 

Drew Jackson went 2 for 5, the only Cardinal with multiple hits. Stanford, which was outhit, 10-8, never trailed in the series until the final pitch. 

Jackson was one of two Cardinal hitters to finish the season with a batting average over .300, leading the team at .320. Three of Stanford's top four hitters – Menlo School grad Mikey Diekroeger (.315), Jackson and Zach Hoffpauir (.289) - all missed nearly a third of the season due to injuries. 

Chris Castellanos, who became Stanford's Sunday starter late in the season, continued a strong run of starting pitching for the Cardinal. He worked the first 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits. Stanford starters averaged six innings with a 2.69 ERA over the final 10 games. 

The Cardinal's projected weekend rotation made 14 of its 42 scheduled starts. Cal Quantrill and John Hochstatter both went down before March and Marc Brakeman missed five starts in the middle of the season. Stanford used 14 different pitchers as a starter this year. 

On the plus side, injuries allowed pitchers like Gabe Cramer to gain valuable experience. Cramer was the tough-luck loser Sunday, allowing one run in 5 1/3 innings. 

Quinn Brodey doubled to left center for an RBI in the second and Jack Klein plated a run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth for the Cardinal's runs. Brodey recorded an extra-base hit in three straight games. 

Tommy Edman ended the season on a 16-game reached base streak, tying him with Beau Branton for the longest by a Cardinal player this year. 

The Cardinal's offense was slowed when Hoffpauir's season ended prematurely in the second inning. The potential top-10 round draft pick was ejected for arguing balls and strikes.

Hoffpauir, along with the other Stanford juniors and seniors, will await their fate in Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft, which starts June 8.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Stanford Athletics

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