Stanford Clinches Series in Rout

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BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman Malcolm Moore and junior Carter Graham each racked up four hits, and Drew Bowser homered twice, to help power the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal (20-7, 9-2 Pac-12) over the Cal Golden Bears (12-14, 3-11 Pac-12) 18-8 on Friday to clinch a series victory.

Freshman Matt Scott (5-0) got the win for Stanford . The right-hander went 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits, allowing three walks and striking out a career-best seven. Scott retired 11 straight from the final three outs of the first inning through two outs in the fourth. Cal's only damage against Scott were solo homers in the fourth and fifth innings.

The seven strikeouts from Scott surpassed the six he managed twice this year against Oregon State (March 18) and Utah (March 26).

Graham finished the game 4-for-7 with a run scored and three RBIs, while Moore went 4-for-6 with four runs scored, a double and three RBIs. The four hits were a career-best for Graham, while the four runs scored for Moore matched his career high set at Cal State Fullerton on February 19, 2023.

Bowser made the most of his two hits, launching two-run homers in the third and eighth innings. The multi-homer game was the third of Bowser's career, while he has now connected for seven homers this season.

Junior Tommy Troy raised his average to .427 on the season after finishing 3-for-5 with a homer, two runs scored and two RBIs. The round-tripper was Troy's fourth of the season.

Stanford scored twice in the second, third and fourth innings to jump out to a 6-0 lead. After Cal scored once in the fourth and fifth, Stanford responded with one in the sixth to carry a 7-2 advantage into the eighth. The Cardinal added three in the eighth and eight more on six hits in the ninth to take an 18-2 lead into the final half inning.

California refused to surrender, connecting for a pair of home runs to hang a six on the board in the ninth and close the final to 10 at 18-8.

Stanford will look to sweep the Pac-12 series on Saturday when the two teams conclude the three-game set at 6 p.m.

» Every Stanford starter reached base safely in the win.
» Seven Cardinal had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» With three on Saturday, Stanford has now connected for 46 home runs this season.
» The Cardinal out-hit the Golden Bears at a 22-9 clip.
» Stanford's 22 hits matched its previous season high set on March 5 vs. CSU Bakersfield.
» Carter Graham (4-for-7) has now hit safely in eight straight games, while Alberto Rios (2-for-5), Tommy Troy (3-for-5) and Drew Bowser (2-for-5) have all hit safely in four straight.
» Eddie Park (2-for-6) collected his 15th multi-hit game of the year, while Troy managed his 14th.
» Stanford went 11-for-19 (.579) with runners in scoring position.
» The Cardinal got five hits in 10 at-bats with the bases loaded.
» Stanford pitchers faced 41 Cal hitters in the game, allowing six ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out 10.
» The Cardinal drew six walks from Cal pitching.
» Cal was led offensively by sophomore Peyton Schulze, who went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI.