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A sweep of Huskies keeps Stanford in Pac-12 baseball lead

 

Erik Miller and two relievers helped fifth-ranked Stanford win its fourth straight Sunday, a 6-1 Pac-12 Conference baseball victory over Washington at Sunken Diamond.

Sacred Heart Prep grad Andrew Daschbach collected two hits and drove in two runs for the Cardinal (24-5, 10-2), which plays visiting UC Davis in a nonconference game Tuesday at 5 p.m.


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Kyle Stowers gave Stanford the lead for good; hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw leading off the first. Daschbach also singled home a run in the inning.

Miller (4-0) allowed four hits in five shutout innings. He struck out eight. Cody Jensen followed with a scoreless inning and Austin Weiermiller pitched the final three innings to earn his first career save.

"It was a good bounce-back week for us," said Cardinal coach David Esquer. "Our pitching and defense really carried us all week and, looking forward, we will be tested with a lot of Pac-12 road games to go. We play in a very tough conference and the mark of a great team is being able to win on the road."

Will Mathiessen added three hits and both Tim Tawa and Maverick Handley had two hits for Stanford, which has won six of seven series, including three of four in Pac-12 play.

UCLA may be ranked No. 1 in the country but Stanford leads the Pac-12 by a game over the Bruins (27-6, 9-3) and a half-game over Oregon State (25-8, 11-4). Arizona State (27-7, 10-5) is in fourth.

The Cardinal travels to co-fifth-place Oregon (21-13, 7-5) for a three-game series beginning Thursday.

Stanford scored four runs in the fifth to make it 6-0. Two runs scored on a fielding error, Daschbach singled home another and Nick Brueser hit a sacrifice fly.

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