Sweeping Through Kansas

STANFORD, Calif. – A trio of freshmen led Stanford baseball to a 6-2 win on Sunday and capped a weekend sweep of Kansas at Sunken Diamond.  

Freshmen Brandon Wulff, Nico Hoerner and Duke Kinamon combined for six of Stanford's eight hits, including two milestone home runs, and all five of the team's RBI's. 

Stanford improved to 10-5 this season with its first sweep since taking three from Utah, May 24-25, 2014.

Kansas (7-11) scored in the top of the first for the second straight day, but once again, Stanford took over from there.

Sophomore Andrew Summerville was called in from the bullpen in the second inning and proceeded to shut down the Jayhawks. After the first two men reached in the third, Summerville retired 10 in a row and did not allow another hit until the seventh. 

Meanwhile, the Cardinal freshmen went to work at the plate. A hit batter, walk and sacrifice bunt set up Hoerner's go-ahead, two-RBI single in the bottom of the third. The rookie later scored on a single to left by another classmate, Wulff, and Stanford led 3-1 after three. 

Wulff tacked on another run in the sixth with his first career home run, and Kinamon duplicated that milestone with his first round-tripper in the seventh. Both were solo shots to left field, while Kinamon's was crushed over the trees beyond the fence.

Kansas had closed to within 4-2 before Kinamon's seventh-inning blast. The Cardinal tacked on an insurance run later that frame, and Colton Hock and Chris Viall closed out the eighth and ninth, respectively. 

The Cardinal, which is now 5-0 against unranked teams this year, continues play Monday at 2 p.m. when it travels to UC Davis.