Stanford tops Illinois in regional final
Clowe socks two homers, has four RBIs to lead Cardinal to win
FULLERTON, Calif. -- Ben Clowe hit two two-run homers to left field and Stanford beat Big Ten champion Illinois 14-2 on Sunday night to win the Fullerton Regional.
Stanford (35-20) won its fifth consecutive game to advance to play at No. 3 overall seed North Carolina next weekend in the best-of-three super regionals.
Clowe was 4 for 5 with two doubles and four RBIs. His first two-run shot came in a four-run third that put Stanford ahead 3-0. Clowe’s second two-run homer was in the sixth and gave Stanford, which had 20 hits, an 8-2 lead. It was Clowe’s first four-hit, four-RBI and two-homer game.
Stanford starter Danny Sandbrink (4-1) lasted seven innings, allowing eight hits and striking out six.
Illinois (30-27) scored a run in the third on Justin Parr’s triple and another in the fourth on Willie Argo’s fielder’s choice. Lee Zerrusen (0-3) was the loser.
Earlier Sunday, the Illini beat Cal State Fullerton 7-5.