The Stanford Cardinal unleashed a 12-hit attack Tuesday night at Evans Diamond in Berkeley, pounding the Cal Golden Bears 11-1 to give coach Mark Marquess his 1,500th career victory.
Marquess becomes just the sixth coach in NCAA history with 1,500 wins. He is third among active coaches, trailing only Augie Garrido of Texas and Mike Martin of Florida State.
Alex Blandino led the onslaught for the Cardinal (5-7) with a career-high four RBI while going 3-for-3 with a double.
The Cardinal scored two in the first, five in the third, two in the fifth and added single runs in the fourth and seventh. Cal (8-3) had its six-game winning streak snapped and scored its lone run in the sixth on a solo homer by Jacob Wark.
Tyler Thorne (2-0) pitched five shutout innings for Stanford, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out four.
Michael Theofanpoulos (1-2) was hit hard for the Golden Bears, allowing six runs—three earned—on four hits with two walks in 2.1 innings. Andrew Buckley fared little better, as he was touched for four runs, three of them earned, on five hits with two walks in 2.2 innings.
Wark and Nick Halamandaris had two hits each for Cal, which managed just five on the night.
Brett Michael Doran, Austin Barr and Zach Hoffpauir each had two hits for the Cardinal, with Barr stroking a double and Hoffpaueir tripled.
The Cardinal will host Kansas Friday through Sunday. The series begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. For the Golden Bears, they will host the Cal Baseball Classic Friday through Sunday, with USF, Arkansas and Tulane visiting. Friday’s action begins with USF facing Arkansas at 2:30 p.m., followed by the Golden Bears and Tulane at 7 p.m.