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A record-setting baseball night for Stanford's Daschbach

 

Andrew Daschbach didn't much care who was pitching, what the count was or where he was hitting the ball since they all landed in the same place: over the fence.

The Sacred Heart Prep product had a baseball game to remember, hitting a school record four home runs (also a record 16 total bases) and matching a career high with five RBIs in helping Stanford beat Cal Poly 7-1 in a nonconference home game Tuesday night.

"I've never seen a performance like that in my entire career as a coach, nor as a player," said said Cardinal coach David Esquer. "Daschbach picked up the team on his shoulders tonight, and we certainly needed it tonight when we were lacking other forms of offense. The next two weekends will be against Super Regional-quality teams, so it will give us a chance to test ourselves and figure out what we need to do to win in the postseason."

It's a good sign when your cleanup hitter cleans off the bases even when he's the only baserunner. He hit three solo shots, twice leading off innings.

With Oregon State coming to town for a Pac-12 Conference showdown between the two teams who share first place with UCLA, a productive Daschbach delivers energy.

The Beavers (34-15-1, 19-5) and Stanford (38-9, 19-5) open the series Friday at 6 p.m. at Sunken Diamond, with Pac-12 Networks televising the game.

Starter Alex Williams didn't even did that much offensive support. He combined with Zach Grech and Austin Weiermiller on a five-hitter. Williams (7-1) went the first 7 2/3 innings, giving up a run on four hits. He struck out three and did not walk a batter.

Grech finished the eighth and Weiermiller needed all of 12 pitches, which included a pair of strikeouts, to finish the game.

The Mustangs used six pitchers and Daschbach hit home runs against the four he faced. He led off the second inning with a blast over the left field fence on a 2-2 delivery from Jarred Zill. He led off the fourth with a jolt over the right field fence on an 0-1 pitch from Ryan Jameson.

In the sixth, Nick Bellafronto was on base when Daschbach redirected a 3-2 pitch from Bryan Woo over the left field fence. He hit his final home run on a 2-1 pitch from Matt Arens and sent it over the right field fence.

Stanford has hit at least one home run in 18 of its past 19 games, 54 over its past 23 games and 70 on the season.

Daschbach has 15 home runs, 14 of them since March 23. He's second to Brandon Wulff (16) in home runs and has 40 RBIs, one less than team leader Will Matthiessen. He's also second to Matthiessen in batting average, .320 to .313. His 106 total bases, .639 slugging percentage and 47 runs scored leads the Cardinal.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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