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Scott Tosses Gem to Win Series

STANFORD, Calif. - Freshman Matt Scott (4-0) dealt a career-best eight shutout innings on Sunday, allowing just three hits and three walks with a career-high six strikeouts, to guide No. 9 Stanford (15-5, 6-2 Pac-12) to a 5-1 victory over Utah (10-13, 2-6 Pac-12) from Sunken Diamond.

With the victory, Stanford sealed a series win over the Utes, and ran its win streak to five games.

Scott has now dealt back-to-back quality starts and has allowed just one run with 12 strikeouts over his 14 innings in those two turns.

Juniors Tommy Troy and Eddie Park each finished 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and one RBI to lead the offense. Sophomore Braden Montgomery also helped out for the Cardinal, putting together two hits in four trips to the plate while adding an RBI.

Stanford got on the board first with two runs in the first inning as Park and Troy got the inning started with singles. After a Carter Graham RBI-groundout put the Cardinal on the board, Montgomery laced a single into left field to chase home Troy and make it 2-0.

The Cardinal scratched a two-out run across in the second as Owen Cobb singled and scored all the way from first on a double from Park that skipped past the first baseman and down the right field line.

Stanford built its lead to 5-0 in the sixth inning as Cobb and Troy each drove in a run.

With the shutout bid still intact headed to the ninth, Utah drew a hit-by-pitch and two walks with one out to load the bases. Drew Dowd inherited the jam and exchanged a run for a ground ball out before striking out Kaden Carpenter to end the game and secure the series win. For his efforts in closing the game, Dowd earned his second save of the year.

Stanford will look to earn the series sweep on Monday when the two teams collide at 12:05 p.m.

» Five Cardinal had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» The eight innings from Scott are the most for a Cardinal pitcher in a game this year.
» Eight of the nine Stanford starters recorded a hit in the win.
» The Cardinal out-hit the Utes at a 15-3 clip.
» Stanford pitchers limited Utah to just 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
» Stanford pitchers faced 34 Utah hitters in the game, allowing four ground balls and 14 fly balls while striking out seven.
» Utah was led offensively by senior Jayden Kiernan, who went 2-for-3.
» Sophomore Cam Day led the Utes pitching staff, throwing three innings of two-run ball.
» Bryson Van Sickle (2-2) was saddled with the loss after allowing three runs on nine hits over five innings.
» Cobb (2-for-4, 2 R, RBI) has hit safely in five straight games.