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Cardinal Clinches Series Victory

STANFORD, Calif. - Sophomore Braden Montgomery collected a career-best four hits to help lead the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal past the CSU Bakersfield Roadrunners 8-4 on Saturday. With the win, Stanford clinched the series over Cal State Bakersfield.

The native of Madison, Miss. finished 4-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.

Junior Joey Dixon (2-0) picked up the victory out of the bullpen for Stanford (8-2). The right-hander went one inning, giving up one run on one hit, allowing no walks and striking out one.

Freshman Matt Scott also made an impact on the mound for the Cardinal, throwing two scoreless innings while allowing no hits, with no walks and two strikeouts.

Junior Drew Dowd got the start and struck out six over four innings of work.

Freshman Malcolm Moore put together a standout performance at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a double, his fifth home run of the year and an RBI. Junior Drew Bowser also registered a multi-hit game, finishing with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Moore's home run highlighted a three-run second inning for the Cardinal, as Stanford jumped out to the early 3-0 lead. Alberto Rios extended the lead to 4-0 with an RBI-single in the third, but the Roadrunner scratched back even at four apiece by way of a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth.

Getting all the momentum back, Stanford scored three times in the fifth to reclaim a 7-4 lead. Freshman Jimmy Nati had the big hit, lacing a two-RBI single off the glove of Nick Salas at third to bring home Bowser and Montgomery.

The Cardinal pushed across its final run on Bowser's two-out RBI-double in the sixth, running the score to its eventual final of 8-4.

Stanford will look to earn a series sweep over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday. First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m.

» Moore finished with two extra-base hits - a double and a home run.
» Stanford has won six consecutive games.
» With one more home run on Saturday, Stanford has hit 19 in 10 games (1.90 per game).
» The Cardinal never trailed in the game.
» The Cardinal out-hit the Roadrunners at an 11-6 clip.
» Stanford pitchers faced 40 CSU Bakersfield hitters in the game, allowing 11 ground balls and eight fly balls while striking out 11.
» Cardinal pitchers struck out 11 while walking just four.
» CSU Bakersfield was led offensively by junior James Bell, who went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.
» CSUB starter Jeter Scheurman (1-1) took the loss after allowing seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
» Owen Cobb (0-for-2, 2 RBIs) had an eight-game hit streak snapped.
» Eddie Park (0-for-4, BB) had a six-game hitting streak snapped.
» Braden Montgomery (4-for-5, 2B, 3 R) has hit safely in five consecutive games and has reached in 36 straight dating back to last season.