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Area roundup: First-place Stanford piles up late runs to overwhelm Washington State in baseball

UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 11:06 p.m.

Beau Branton finished 4 for 4 with three runs batted in and Tristan Beck worked six strong innings Friday as third-ranked Stanford strolled past Washington State 10-1 to open a three-game Pac-12 Conference baseball series in Stanford, California.

The Cardinal (41-8, 19-6) snapped a 1-all tie with a three-run fifth and added three runs apiece in the sixth and seventh to maintain first place in the conference.

Branton had a two-run double in the sixth and an RBI single in the seventh. Nico Hoerner gave Stanford the lead for good with a two-run double in the fifth.

Beck (8-3) allowed five hits and one earned run while striking out four.

James Rudkin went 2 for 4 with an RBI single in the fourth for the Cougars (15-29-1, 7-17-1).

Washington 7, Utah 2: Joe DeMers pitched his third complete game of the season and Joe Wainhouse hit his 13th homer to lead the third-place Huskies (27-22, 17-9 Pac-12) past the Utes (14-37, 6-20) in Salt Lake City.

DeMers (6-3) allowed six hits and two earned runs, striking out four and walking one. Wainhouse’s three-run shot to right in the ninth was his seventh homer in the last eight games.

UW’s AJ Graffanino capped a three-run first off Josh Tedeschi (1-10) with a two-out, two-run single.

Christian Jones’ sacrifice fly in the sixth gave the Huskies a 4-1 lead.

Douglas 8, Pierce 6: The Royals (16-17) scored twice in the ninth to defeat the Raiders (24-22) in Northwest Athletic Conference playoffs at Spokane Falls CC. Douglas will meet host Community Colleges of Spokane (33-13) at noon today.

Softball

Washington 8, Boise State 0 (5): Gabbie Plain pitched five shutout innings and the Huskies (45-8) drew 10 walks while defeating the Broncos (40-15) to open NCAA regional play in Seattle.

Washington will play Texas (33-24) at 2 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the title round. Boise State will meet Minnesota (39-16) in a loser-out at 4:30.

  • The opening day of the NWAC Championships at Merkel Sports Complex was rained out. Top-seeded North Idaho (45-3) will open at 12:30 p.m. today against Columbia Basin (15-29).

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