STANFORD, Calif. – First baseman Andrew Daschbach belted a school-record four home runs and freshman right-hander Alex Williams tossed 7 2/3 innings of one-run baseball as No. 3 Stanford defeated Cal Poly 7-1 on Tuesday night at Sunken Diamond.
Playing its final non-conference game of the 2019 season as well as its last midweek contest, Cal Poly, second in the Big West, falls to 24-26. Stanford, tied for first place in the Pac-12 with UCLA and Oregon State, improved to 38-9.
Daschbach led off the second and fourth innings with home runs, smashed a two-run shot in the sixth frame and set the record with another solo shot in the eighth, giving him 15 homers and 40 RBIs for the season.
Daschbach is the first player in the NCAA to hit four home runs in a game this season and the eighth to do so since 2013. He is the second-ever Pac-12 player to hit four homers in a game, joining UCLA's Bill Scott (vs. Washington on March 30, 1999). His 16 total bases against Cal Poly are the most of any player in the NCAA this season and the most in the Pac-12 by five.
It was the first time a Stanford player had hit three home runs in a game since June 15, 2000 when Edmund Muth hit three in a College World Series matchup against Louisiana-Lafayette. Daschbach's four homers tie for the third-most in a single game in NCAA history. Marshall McDougall hit six for Florida State on May 9, 1999 and Henry Rochelle hit five for Campbell on March 30, 1985.
Williams (7-1) allowed just four singles during his stint on the mound, earning his seventh win in eight decisions by striking out three and allowing no walks. The Cardinal's primary midweek starter threw 84 pitches.
The loss was charged to Mustang fifth-year senior Jarred Zill (2-6), who allowed two runs in the second inning. Zill was one of six pitchers used by Mustang head coach Larry Lee. Starter Darern Nelson (pictured above) pitched a scoreless first inning, but each of Cal Poly's five relievers gave up one or two runs.
Cal Poly avoided being shut out for the fifth time by scoring a run in the eighth inning. Connor Gurnik singled with one out and scored on a double to the gap in left-center field by Bradlee Beesley. It was Beesley's team-leading 15th double of the season and he is tied for the team lead with Tate Samuelson in RBIs with 32.
Beesley also turned in a spectacular defensive play in the third inning, robbing Brandon Wulff of a home run to straightaway center field. Beesley jumped a foot above the wall 400 feet away from home plate, reached over the wall and caught the ball.
Samuelson also made a nice defensive play on a foul ball off the bat of Walt Matthiessen in the eighth inning, going into a slide in front of the Stanford dugout and making the catch just before colliding with catcher John Mackay.
Aside from the eighth inning when Cal Poly scored its lone run, the Mustangs had two runners on base just one other time on two-out singles by Conagher Sands and Myles Emmerson in the fourth. Sands extended his hitting streak to 23 games with his single through the left side of the Stanford infield and is tied for No. 3 with Matt Jensen on the Mustangs' Division I hitting streak list.
Ryan Lee holds the record of 26 set in 2009 and Brandon Roberts hit in 25 straight in 2004.
Emmerson singled twice to lead Cal Poly's five-hit offensive attack. With his four home runs, Daschbach was the lone Stanford batter with multiple hits.
Cal Poly resumes Big West play this weekend and closes out the home portion of its 2019 schedule with a three-game series against UC Riverside inside Baggett Stadium. Friday's game begins at 6 p.m. with 1 o'clock starts slated for Saturday and Sunday.
Photo courtesy of Maddie Grossmann | Cal Poly Baseball Student Manager