Photo courtesy of Lisa Whiting


Moving Past the Mustangs

STANFORD, Calif. - Roomates Kris Bubic and Duke Kinamon will have a lot to celebrate when they get back to their dorm on Thursday night. A second straight strong outing from Bubic was accompanied by some big performances at the plate, including Kinamon, as Stanford baseball earned a 5-2 win over Cal Poly in its home opener. 

One week after setting a career-high with 10 strikeouts on Opening Day, Bubic topped that effort in the home opener with 11 strikeouts. That total matches Tristan Beck for the most by a Stanford pitcher since 2013. For the second straight week, he retired the first 10 batters and carried a no-hitter into the fifth. 

Meanwhile, senior Alex Dunlap, junior Quinn Brodey and Duke Kinamon combined for eight of Stanford's 10 hits.

Kinamon helped set up the first run when he singled Brandon Wulff over to third. Senior Jack Klein followed with a liner up the middle to make it 1-0 after two.

Stanford's bats came alive with a four-run fourth inning. Kinamon got things going when he turned a single into a double with a little hustle. After Matt Winaker drew a walk, sophomore Nico Hoerner laced a two-out single to left to make it 2-0. Two pitches later, Brodey blasted one over the trees in right field for a 5-0 lead.

Cal Poly (1-3) loaded the bases on Bubic in the seventh and got two across, but senior Tyler Thorne struck out the potential tying run to end the inning. Keith Weisenberg pitched a scoreless eighth and junior Colton Hock did the same in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Bubic (1-1) also matched a career-best with 6.2 innings of work and allowed just three hits. Kinamon was 3-for-4 with a run and stolen base, Dunlap also went 3-for-4, and Brodey was 2-for-3 with a run, walk and three RBI. 

Brodey's home run was the first of the season for Stanford ... Brodey led the team with seven round-trippers last year ... Kinamon is 8-for-13 (.615) this season and has back-to-back three-hit games ... Stanford's bullpen has not allowed a run in the last 11.2 innings.

Stanford continues a stretch of nine games in 11 days at Sunken Diamond. The Cardinal host Kansas in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 6 p.m. A special pregame ceremony honoring Coach Marquess will take place before Saturday's matinee at 2 p.m., and the series finale is at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

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