Grand Day for Cardinal

HOUSTON, Texas – Junior Quinn Brodey's grand slam and 7 RBI bolstered No. 16 Stanford's 16-6 win at Rice on Thursday night.
Brodey's slam was part of an eight-run fourth inning as Stanford (10-3) won for the 10th time in the last 11 games. His 7 RBI and grand slam were both firsts for the Cardinal since Brian Ragira at Washington State on April 2, 2011.
Junior Mikey Diekroeger matched a career high with four hits, while junior Alex Dunlap followed Brodey for Stanford's first back-to-back home runs since the 2014 Indiana Regional.
Stanford jumped ahead early. Duke Kinamon drew a leadoff walk to start the game. Kinamon immediately stole second and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. Brodey laced a single through the right side to bring him home. Two batters later, Brodey scored on a two-out single to right by Mikey Diekroeger, and Stanford led 2-0 before Rice batted.
Brodey, who had the game-winning RBI with two outs in three straight contests last weekend, came up with two out and the bases loaded in the second. Naturally, he delivered a two-run single and put the Cardinal up 4-0.
However, Rice got two in the bottom half with its own two-out bases loaded single.
The teams traded runs again in the third when Stanford put up a three-spot and Rice equaled it. Diekroeger scored on a wild pitch and, moments later, on another wild pitch, sophomore Brandon Wulff raced around third and scored from second. Junior Matt Winaker was behind Wulff and scored later in the at-bat when Nico Hoerner singled to center.
Stanford's five-run lead was short-lived. For the second straight inning, Rice got a two-out hit with the bases loaded. A double cleared the bases to make it 7-5.
Stanford responded with its eight-run outburst. It started with a single from Diekroeger, who finished 4-for-6 on the night. He scored on the first of three straight RBI singles courtesy of Daniel Bakst, Wulff and Winaker. That set up the back-to-back home runs.
The Cardinal added one in the seventh on a two-out RBI single to right by Winaker.
Ten different Cardinal scored a run as Kinamon tied a career high with three. Ten different Cardinal had a hit, including the first of the season for junior catcher Bryce Carter. Brodey was 3-for-6 and added two runs. Winkaer was 3-for-4 with three runs and 2 RBI. Bubic (2-2), who had allowed just one earned run in his two losses this season, allowed five runs and struck out six in 6.0 innings and earned the win. Senior Brett Hanewich threw the final three innings, and earned the first save of his career.

Stanford's 16 runs were the most since a 17-2 victory over San Jose State on April 23, 2013 … Stanford's last back-to-back home runs were supplied by Brant Whiting and Zach Hoffpauir at the 2014 Indiana Regional … Stanford drew a season-high seven walks … This is Stanford's best 13-game start since 2013 (10-3) which was also the last time Stanford won 10 of 11 (both teams started the season at 1-2) … Head Coach Mark Marquess is five wins away from becoming the fourth head coach in Division I history with 1,600 career wins.
Stanford and Rice continue the series with a 6:30 p.m. PT start on Friday. Junior Andrew Summerville (1-0) will be on the bump for the Cardinal. The four-game set concludes on Saturday (noon PT) and Sunday (11 a.m. PT). Stanford's next home series is the start of Pac-12 play as defending conference champion Utah comes to Sunken Diamond, March 24-26.
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