No. 9 Stanford evens series with Texas
McArdle's strong outing leads Cardinal to win in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas -- No. 9-ranked Stanford (6-4) took advantage of three errors, beating No. 6-ranked Longhorns (6-4) 9-2, behind two RBI doubles from Stephen Piscotty.
Dean McArdle (2-0) pitched the first seven shutout innings, before giving up a single run with two outs in the eighth. McArdle went a career-best 7.2 innings, giving up one run on seven hits with three walks and three strikeouts.
Stanford capitalized on two errors over the first two innings, to lead 3-0. An RBI double by Piscotty followed by a single and misplay by right fielder Mark Payton made it 2-0 in the first.
A missed catch by third baseman Erich Weiss extended the third, as Stanford went up 3-0 following an RBI double by Jake Stewart.
Stewart, Piscotty, Kenny Diekroeger and Lonnie Kauppila all had multi-hit games as part of an 11-hit attack.
Another error in the fifth added to Texas' troubles as Stanford added three runs to lead 6-0. Piscotty's second double, in the fifth, made it 4-0, before centerfielder Cohl Walla couldn't catch a line drive by Ben Clowe, making it 5-0. A Kauppila single then made it 6-0.
Two additional errors were made by Weiss in the seventh after a Brian Ragira groundout made it 7-0. Two more runs finished off the day for the Cardinal, as a Clowe triple and an infield single by Ragira made it 9-0 in the eighth.
Cole Green (0-2) lasted just 2.0 innings, giving up the first three runs (one earned). He was the first of six pitchers for the Longhorns.
NOTES: The series finale at 11 a.m. PT... Tyler Gaffney walked three times on Saturday... Texas ended up with five errors in the contest, three by Weiss at third. Texas had seven errors in nine games coming in, posting a .979 fielding percentage.