Wayne Taylor had a bases-loaded triple in a four-run second inning and the Stanford Cardinal salvaged a win in the finale of their three-game series with the Texas Longhorns Sunday with an 11-5 win at UFCU Disch-Falk Field in Austin, Texas.
The Cardinal (3-4) scored four runs in the top of the second inning and never trailed after dropping the first two games on Friday and Saturday to the Longhorns (5-3).
Alex Blandino led off the inning with a single to center and moved up to second on a wild pitch. Brant Whiting walked and Brett Michael Doran moved the runners up to second and third with a sacrifice bunt. Drew Jackson laid down a squeeze bunt and Blandino beat the play at the plate to give Stanford a 1-0 lead and still runners at first and third with one out. After a strikeout, Tommy Edman walked to load the bases, setting the table for Taylor, who cleared the bases with a triple.
The Cardinal made it 5-0 in the third inning. Austin Slater and Blandino led off the inning with back-to-back singles to put runners at the corners and Doran was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Slater then scored on a balk by Texas reliever Travis Duke.
The Longhorns got on the board in the fifth on an RBI single by Zane Gurwitz.
Stanford responded by hanging a five-spot in the sixth. Danny Diekroeger stroked an RBI double down the right field line to make it 6-1 and Slater doubled home a pair of runs to give the Cardinal an 8-1 lead. Blandino followed with a two-run homer, his first of the season, and the rout was on as Stanford opened a 10-1 lead.
Texas put up four runs of its own in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run single by Gurwitz, a sacrifice fly by Brooks Marlow and a wild pitch by reliever Sam Lindquist that allowed Gurwitz to score.
Stanford tacked on a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Doran.
Stanford starter Chris Viall allowed just one run on four hits in 4.1 innings, but walked three and was pulled after throwing 74 pitches. Reliever John Hochstatter (1-1) was credited with the win despite allowing four runs—one earned—and one hit with three walks in an inning of work. Lindquist worked 1.2 scoreless innings while walking three and allowing a hit and Tyler Thorne got the final three outs.
Stanford returns home to host USF on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.