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Mathews Masterful, Stanford Wins Fifth Straight

STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Quinn Mathews allowed one unearned run with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings to pick up the victory in a 7-1 Stanford (7-2) win over CSU Bakersfield (7-3) on Friday afternoon from Sunken Diamond.

Mathews pitched around four hits and four walks, inducing a pair of double plays to escape the jams he faced.

Junior Brandt Pancer also made an impact on the mound for the Cardinal, throwing 1 1/3 scoreless innings while allowing no hits, with no walks and two strikeouts. Senior Nicolas Lopez finished the game on the hill, inducing a double-play ball with the bases loaded to end the game and seal the victory.

At the plate, the Cardinal were paced by junior Carter Graham, who went 2-for-3 on the day with a home run, a walk and three RBIs. For Graham, the homer was his second of the season.

Junior Drew Bowser compiled a standout performance at the dish as well, going 1-for-3 with his third home run, a walk and two RBIs.

Juniors Eddie Park and Tommy Troy finished the game with a pair of hits and one RBI each, while Troy scored twice.

The Cardinal got on the board immediately, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first - highlighted by a two-run homer from Graham.

Owen Cobb singled and stole second with two outs in the second, eventually scoring on a two-out single from Park to make it 4-0. Another two-out RBI-single, this one from Graham in the fourth, extended the Cardinal advantage to 5-0.

The Roadrunners got on the board with an unearned run in the sixth, but Bowser responded with his two-run home run in the seventh to push the tally to the final of 7-1.

Stanford and CSUB will continue the three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 p.m.

» The Cardinal out-hit the Roadrunners at a 10-5 clip.
» Stanford turned three double plays - the most for the Cardinal since turning three at San Francisco on March 6, 2021.
» Stanford has won five consecutive games.
» With two more home runs on Friday, Stanford has hit 18 in nine games (2.00 per game).
» Stanford went 6-for-10 (.600) with runners in scoring position.
» Stanford pitchers faced 36 CSU Bakersfield hitters in the game, allowing eight ground balls and 10 fly balls while striking out seven.
» The Cardinal drew four walks from CSU Bakersfield pitching.
» CSU Bakersfield starter Ryan Verdugo (2-1) was saddled with the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits and three walks with four strikeouts.
» Owen Cobb (1-for-4, R) has hit safely in eight straight games.
» Alberto Rios (0-for-4) had a seven-game hit streak snapped.
» Eddie Park (2-for-5) extended his hit streak to six games.
» Braden Montgomery (1-for-3) has hit safely in four consecutive games.
» The quality start was Mathews' eighth in his last 11 starts (11th of career).