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Graham Homers Twice, Cardinal Sweeps Cougars

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PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior Carter Graham launched a pair of homers and totaled six RBIs, while junior Tommy Troy went 4-for-4 with a double and five runs scored, as No. 3 Stanford (37-14, 23-7 Pac-12) defeated Washington State (29-23, 10-19 Pac-12) 15-5 on Saturday to earn a road series sweep.

Graham finished the game 3-for-5 with a three-run homer in the first, an RBI single in the fifth and a two-run shot in the seventh. The multi-homer game is Graham's sixth of his career, including his third of the season. The native of Los Angeles, Calif. has now hit 14 home runs this season.

The four-hit day from Troy was his third of the season, and his infield single in the ninth inning pushed his season average to .404 to clinch the Pac-12 batting title. Troy reached six times on Saturday, drawing a pair of walks to accompany the four hits.

Sophomore Braden Montgomery and freshman Malcolm Moore each posted three hits, including a double and a homer from Moore - his 12th of the season. Moore finished the game with three RBIs, while Montgomery drove in two.

Junior Joey Dixon (6-0) got the win for Stanford, tossing five innings, giving up three runs on five hits, allowing three walks and striking out three. Freshman Nick Dugan contributed two shutout innings before Toran O'Harran and Ty Uber each allowed a run in one inning of work to finish the game.

The Cardinal, which scored in all but one inning on Saturday, never looked back after jumping out to the early 3-0 lead on Graham's first homer of the game in the first inning. After Washington State rallied to tie the game at 3-3 after two, the Cardinal put three more on the board in the third, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, two in the sixth and seventh, and single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to earn the lopsided victory.

Stanford will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz. for the 2023 Pac-12 Baseball Tournament, competing as the No. 1 seed in a pool that includes sixth-seed Oregon and ninth-seed California. Round-robin pool play will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with three games per day. The three pool winners will advance to the Friday single-elimination semifinals along with one Wild Card team. The Cardinal will open its run at the tournament on Wednesday at 7 p.m. against California. Stanford won the inaugural tournament a year ago.

» Stanford has won 10 of its last 11 games, 13 of 15, 14 of 17, and 15 of 19 overall.
» Stanford finished the conference slate at 23-7 - the most conference wins since 1990 (24-6). 
» With Troy winning the 2023 Pac-12 batting title, Stanford has now won the title in back-to-back seasons (Brett Barrera, 2022).
» Graham extended his hit streak to 18 games, while Rios has now hit safely in 15 ... Montgomery and Moore have each hit safely in nine straight, while Troy has hit safely in six consecutive.
» Stanford has hit a conference-best 98 home runs through 51 games played this year.
» Five Cardinal had multiple hits in the ballgame.
» The Cardinal out-hit the Cougars at an 18-10 clip, posting three doubles and three home runs.
» Stanford went 7-for-15 (.467) with runners in scoring position.
» Stanford pitchers faced 40 Washington State hitters in the game, allowing nine ground balls and six fly balls while striking out 10.
» The Cardinal drew seven walks from Washington State pitching.
» Washington State was led offensively by sophomore Elijah Hainline, who went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI.