Tristan Beck took a shutout into the sixth inning and gave up one run but the Stanford baseball team failed to capitalize on its scoring chances, dropping a 1-0 decision to visiting USC in the Pac-12 Conference series opener.
Duke Kinamon collected two hits and was hit by a pitch for the Cardinal (12-8, 2-2 Pac-12), which lost its second straight.
Elizabeth Cusick had two goals and an assist. Photo by Don Feria/isiphotos.com
Matt Winaker tripled with two outs in the sixth but was stranded.
Alex Dunlap walked and Kinamon singled with two outs in the fifth but both were left on base.
Mikey Diekroeger was hit by a pitch leading off the second inning. Two outs later, Kinamon singled him to third to no avail.
Beck retired 16 of 19 before the Trojans rallied for the only run of the game in the top of the sixth.
"I thought Tristan pitched really well and gave us a chance to win," Cardinal coach Mark Marquess said. "We just couldn't do much with their pitching."
Beck (4-2) gave up three hits in 7 1/3 innings. He walked a pair and struck out eight.
Beck has allowed a combined three earned runs in his last four starts, a span of 26 2/3 innings (1.01 ERA). He has struck out 29, and allowed just 18 hits and six walks in that stretch.
Elizabeth Cusick was one of four players with two goals as No. 12 Stanford beat visiting Denver, 9-5, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match Friday night.
The Cardinal (7-2, 2-0 MPSF) hosts Colorado in a conference match on Sunday at noon.
Kelsey Murray, Anna Salemo and Mackenzie Tesei also scored twice for Stanford, which rebounded from a road loss at Stony Brook the last time out. Cusick also had an assist.
Denver tied the game at 5 midway through the second period. The Cardinal scored the final four goals of the contest.
Salemo broke the tie with a goal at 11:10 of the second half and Cusick added a man-up goal three minutes later. Kelly Myers and Murray each added goals for the final margin.
Allie DaCar recorded 10 saves on the night for Stanford.
Stanford dropped the series opener to Oregon State, 15-1, in five innings Friday night in a Pac-12 Conference game.
The Cardinal (12-15, 0-4 Pac-12) surrendered a season-high 15 runs as the Beavers (22-9-1, 2-5 Pac-12)got hot early and never let up.
Carolyn Lee (6-9) got the start in the circle for Stanford and lasted two innings, allowing nine runs on six hits and four walks with one strikeout.
Kaitlyn Lagattuta came in as relief in the third inning and limited the Beavers to six runs two earned on four hits and three walks with two strikeouts in three innings of work.
The Cardinal battled through defensive troubles, making a season-high four errors.
Kylie Sorenson and Victoria Molina registered Stanford's two hits.
Jessica Plaza provided the defensive highlight of the game early, delivering the first out of the game by throwing out Oregon State's leadoff batter trying to steal second. It's the third runner Plaza has thrown out this year.
Sorenson led off the bottom half of the inning with a single and moved to second when Kayla Bonstrom followed with a walk.
Plaza hit a grounder to third that went for an error, allowing Sorenson to score and give Stanford an early 1-0 lead.
The lead did not last long with Oregon State erupting for a six-run rally in the top of the second to take a 6-1 lead.
The Beavers did not let up, loading the bases to start the top of the third inning and adding five runs to take a commanding 11-1 lead.
Oregon State tacked on two additional runs in the fourth and fifth innings to make its lead 15-1 and secure the run rule victory.
Stanford looks to get even Saturday at 6 p.m. when it takes on Oregon State in game two of the series.
The second-ranked Stanford Cardinal returns one last time to Burnham Pavilion this season as it sets to host the 24th-annual Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships on Saturday.
The meet, which features four of the top teams in the nation is set to begin at 4 p.m.
The MPSF Championship will showcase the nation's best with No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 5 California and No. 11 Air Force all coming to The Farm.