PULLMAN, Wash. – Senior Quinn Mathews struck out eight Washington State hitters over 7 2/3 innings of work to help power the No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (36-14, 22-7 Pac-12) over the Cougars (29-22, 10-18 Pac-12) 7-4 to earn a road series win on Friday.
Mathews allowed four runs on seven hits and five walks in the start to improve to 7-3 on the season. Freshman Toran O’Harran struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth before junior Ryan Bruno tossed a scoreless ninth to convert his eighth save of the season.
Junior Tommy Troy once again paced the Stanford offense, finishing 3-for-4 with a walk and one RBI. Junior Carter Graham also collected three hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI, while freshman Malcolm Moore contributed a clutch two-out, two-RBI double for his lone hit in five trips.
The Cardinal got the scoring started early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from junior Alberto Rios. After the two teams traded a run in the second, the Cardinal stretched the advantage to 4-1 in the fifth inning as Moore laced his two-RBI double into the right field corner.
A pair of hit-by-pitches with the bases loaded in the sixth ran Stanford’s advantage to 6-1, but the Cougars rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the sixth to make things interesting at 6-4. Mathews limited the damage to the three runs, and tossed a scoreless seventh, before his offense got one more in the…