A season-high 15 hits led Stanford baseball to a 10-3 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday night at Sunken Diamond.
Stanford's second batter of the game set the tone. Freshman Nico Hoerner lined one into left center and came sprinting out of the box to turn a sure single into a double. The rest of the lineup followed suit.
Eight of the nine Stanford starters had at least one hit. Bryce Carter was 3-for-4 with his first career three-hit game, including two RBI doubles. Quinn Brodey (3-for-4) matched a career high with three hits and also had two RBI.
Jack Klein was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and matched a collegiate-best with three runs.Tommy Edman had two hits, two runs and two RBI, while Hoerner also finished with a pair of hits and runs.
Hoerner's hustle play led to a run onQuinn Brodey's sacrifice fly. Edman singled, stole second and scored onAlex Dunlap's single for a 2-0 lead after one.
The Broncos scored on back-to-back two-out doubles in the second to get within 2-1, but Stanford responded with five in the bottom half and another in the third. Matt Winaker had an RBI single, Edman scored two with a double to right field, and Brodey singled him home for the second time for a 6-1 edge. Carter made it 7-1 with a two-out RBI double to left center in the third.
Santa Clara (20-26) closed to within 7-2, but Carter's carbon copy double to left center scored Duke Kinamon from first for an 8-2 edge.
Sophomore southpaw Andrew Summerville (4-2) earned the win with quality start. He allowed just two earned runs in 6.0 innings of work, which included two strikeouts and just one walk.
The Broncos scored one in the seventh, but Klein answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run to left for a 10-3 advantage.
Freshman Kris Bubic pitched a scoreless eighth and sophomore Colton Hock closed it out with a scoreless ninth to wrap up Stanford's third straight win.
Dunlap has reached base in 18 straight games, extending the longest streak of the season for a Cardinal (longest since Alex Blandino reached in 31 straight in 2014). Edman extended the longest current hit streak for the Cardinal to eight games.
Stanford heads to Salt Lake City to take on first-place Utah. The Pac-12 leaders will host the Cardinal on Friday at 11 a.m. (PT).
In a season that saw the Cardinal only fall to top-30 teams with an incredibly tough schedule, 29th-ranked Stanford sets to make its 37th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament this weekend.
The Cardinal travels to Evanston, Ill. squaring off against No. 40 Notre Dame (15-13, 6-6 ACC) this Saturday at 8 a.m. PT at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center in the first match of the regional. The winner advances to the second round and faces either unranked Valparaiso (20-5) or the host, 14th-seeded and ranked Northwestern (25-4) on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.
Stanford will open postseason play on the road for the fourth consecutive season. The Cardinal had dropped its first-round match in back-to-back seasons until last season when it topped No. 41 Tennessee 4-2 in Durham, N.C. before falling in a 4-1 decision to the host, No. 10 Duke.
Notre Dame is coming off of an ACC quarterfinal appearance where the Fighting Irish fell in a tough 4-3 loss to the eventual ACC Champion, No. 7 Wake Forest. ND enters Saturday's contest with two members ranked as Quentin Monaghan checks in at No. 35 and Josh Hagar holding a 105th ranking.
The Irish also enter Saturday's match with a powerhouse of doubles teams with three teams coming in ranked. Alex Lawson and Quentin Monaghan clock in first with a No. 15 ranking followed by Eddy Covalschi and Josh Hagar at No. 50 and rounding it out are Eddy Covalschi and Alex Lawson ranked 81st.
Prior to their loss to Wake Forest, the Fighting Irish were on a five match winning streak dating back to the beginning of April. All-time against the Irish, the Cardinal has never lost a match, holding a 5-0 series record. Its last meeting against ND came in 1999 with Stanford taking the W in South Bend, Ind.
Stanford has seen a mix this season resurging from a five match losing streak to counter it with a five match winning streak. The Cardinal has been ranked between No. 17-42 throughout the season, with Stanford seeing four 4-3 losses to top-20 programs. In addition, the Cardinal advanced to the Pac-12 semifinal match for the second straight year.
The 2015 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, Tom Fawcett, has compiled a stellar sophomore campaign to lead the Cardinal this season, amassing a 20-7 overall record and 14-5 dual record. Fawcett has been ranked as high as No. 3 this season with 13 wins over ranked opponents.
In addition, Fawcett will represent Stanford in the NCAA singles and doubles tournament entering as the No. 9 singles seed. He will join teammate Maciek Romanowicz as well on the doubles side as an at-large selection.
In doubles, Fawcett and Romanowicz are currently ranked No. 23 with a record of 15-5 overall and 9-3 at the No. 1 spot in duals. The duo currently hold a four match winning streak and are an even 3-3 against ranked opponents this season. The Cardinal also have another duo ranked with Nolan Paige and Maciek Romanowicz checking in at No. 71 with a 10-3 record and 3-0 record against ranked opponents.
Stanford owns a 104-21 all-time record in the postseason. The Cardinal has won 17 NCAA championships, including 15 since the NCAA Tournament went to its present format in 1977. The most recent crown came back in 2000, when Stanford blanked VCU 4-0.