Fall of the Spartans

SAN JOSE, Calif. – A five-run second inning sparked No. 18 Stanford to a 9-3 win at San Jose State on Tuesday night at Municipal Stadium.

Jack Klein, Matt Winaker and Quinn Brodey each had two hits for the Cardinal, while five hurlers combined to conquer the Spartans. 

A pair of freshmen combined for five shutout innings to start the game, and a pair of seniors finished it off. Erik Miller tossed the first three innings and allowed just one base runner on an infield single, while Will Matthiessen struck out three in the next two frames. Tyler Thorne and Brett Hanewich recorded the last seven outs without allowing a run.

Stanford (18-10) capitalized on a walk and two hit batters to score five runs on just three hits in the second. Sophomore Duke Kinamon drew a bases loaded walk to start the scoring. Freshman Maverick Handley knocked in a run with a single up the middle and Klein followed with a two-RBI, opposite field single to right. Winaker's sacrifice fly gave the Cardinal a five-run lead it did not relinquish.

The Cardinal added two more with two out in the sixth. Sophomore shortstop Nico Hoerner singled home a run and then scored from first when Brodey lined a double down the right field line. 

San Jose State scored one in the sixth and two in the seventh to close to within 7-3, but Hoerner and Brodey duplicated their efforts from the sixth with an RBI apiece in the eighth for a 9-3 advantage. 

Handley was 1-for-2 with two walks and scored a career-high three runs. Winaker finished 2-for-4 with a run and RBI, Klein was 2-for-3 with two RBI, Brodey was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles, and Hoerner finished 1-for-4 with a run and two runs batted in. In 1.1 innings, Thorne allowed just one hit and struck out one, while Hanewich worked a perfect ninth.

Freshman Daniel Bakst has a hit in 13 of the last 14 games … Handley has the longest active hit streak on the team at five, and has a hit in all six career starts … San Jose State recognized head coach Mark Marquess in his final game at Municipal Stadium with a signed No. 9 jersey ... It was just the fourth home loss of the season for the Spartans (11-4-1).

Stanford returns home to host UCLA for three at Sunken Diamond, Thursday-Saturday. On Friday, the giveaway is a Stanford baseball trading card pack (No. 3 of 5), and Saturday is Honoring Our Heroes Day where all troops receive free admission. 

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