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AUSTIN, Texas  – No. 7 Stanford made it three in a row at No. 23 Texas with an emphatic 11-1 win on Sunday at UFCU Disch-Falk Field.

"You don't typically go on the road and expect to have the results we had here so all the credit goes to our players who hung in there after a tough beginning to the series," said Clarke and Elizabeth Nelson Director of Baseball David Esquer. "Once we got our feet on the ground, we played like ourselves and I was really proud of our guys for responding the way they did."

The Cardinal (14-2) scored in the opening frame for the third straight night, courtesy of Andrew Daschbach's three-run home run to left field. With the wind howling in from left center, Daschbach ripped a line shot into the Stanford bullpen to open up the lead.

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Brendan Beck exited after working into the seventh inning, finishing 6.0 innings and surrendering two hits and no walks while striking out five. Beck took a perfect game into the sixth inning after retiring his first 15 batters with Bryce Carter behind the dish.

"Brendan was excellent today," added Esquer. "You don't see freshman go on the road in a tough environment and show that kind of composure very often."

Nico Hoerner finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, while Daschbach and Kyle Stowers finished with two hits apiece. Stanford added a six spot in the sixth inning, capped by Hoerner's two-out, two-run single. Jesse Kuet's single in the seventh made it 10-1 before Texas manufactured a run in the bottom half. Kuet added a second RBI in the ninth to make it 11-1.

"I think we're maturing a little bit and starting to move the needle more, offensively," said Esquer. "Stanford Baseball has always been about pitching and defense, though, and you saw that on display here as well this week."

Jacob Palisch, Zach Grech and Daniel Bakst combined for the final nine outs, and Stanford finished allowing two hits for the second time in 2018.

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Cardinal Notes

  • Hoerner finished the series with eight hits and four RBI, upping his season average to .317.
  • Stowers upped his average to .275, finishing the series with five RBI and five hits.
  • Daschbach finished the series with seven RBI – he upped his average 38 percentage points to .320 on the weekend.
  • Tim Tawa finished the series with six hits.
  • Stanford surrendered just five runs over the final three games after giving up eight runs in Game 1.
  • Nick Brueser had his first career hit, replacing Daschbach late in the contest.
  • Christian Robinson also had his first career plate appearance, striking out in the ninth inning.