Gabe Kretzschmar

Series Sweep of the Bears

STANFORD, Calif. – Freshman Ty Uber tossed a career-best six innings while matching a career high with six strikeouts, helping to guide No. 11 Stanford (29-14, 15-9 Pac-12) to an 11-3 victory and a series sweep of California (22-25, 11-16 Pac-12) on Sunday afternoon from Sunken Diamond.

The right-hander did not allow a hit until two outs in the fourth inning, and held Cal scoreless through six frames. Uber came out to work the seventh, but allowed back-to-back singles to end his day. Both runners ultimately came around to score as Uber finished with two runs allowed on four hits with the six strikeouts over six-plus innings of work to improve to 3-1 with the victory.

Sophomores Brandt Pancer and Ryan Bruno pitched the final three innings for the Cardinal, with Bruno striking out two over the final 1 2/3 innings. Pancer, who inherited the runners from Uber, struck out one while recording four outs.

Stanford's offense got on the board first in the first inning as junior Brett Barrera belted a solo homer with two outs. The round-tripper was Barrera's fifth of the year and started a 3 for 3 day that included three runs scored, a sac fly and two RBIs.

Sophomore Tommy Troy also finished with three hits and a homer, going 3 for 4 with a three-run shot in a five-run seventh inning to put the game out of reach. Troy's second homer of the year highlighted an 8 for 15 week (.533 average) with five runs scored, two doubles, the homer and five RBIs.

Junior Kody Huff also capped a stellar week on Sunday, going 3 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs – driving in a run in the fourth and Stanford's final tally in the eighth. With the three-hit afternoon, Huff finished the week batting .412 (7 for 17) with five runs scored, a double, two homers and seven RBIs.

While it was Troy's three-run home run in the seventh that provided the exclamation mark, sophomore Drew Bowser plated the first two in that frame – shooting a two-RBI single into centerfield to help him finish with three RBIs on Sunday. Bowser, who drew a walk in the eighth, had a sac fly and an RBI in the fourth as Stanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead through five innings in support of Uber.

The Cardinal tagged California starter Sam Stoutenborough for four runs on six hits over four innings, pushing the right-hander into the loss column and to a 2-3 record on the season.

The series sweep is the third of the season for Stanford, and marks the first against California since taking all three at Cal from May 17-19, 2013. The Cardinal's last sweep of Cal at home came April 23-25, 2010 when the Bears were ranked No. 15 in the nation.

With Sunday's victory, paired with the rest of the results around the Pac-12, Stanford now sits alone in second place behind Oregon State in the conference standings.