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Senior setter Kawika Shoji (above) will be a key part of Stanford’s run at the top seed in the
MPSF playoffs. Shoji will play the last regular-season home matches of his career this weekend.
By DANIEL BOHM
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
The No.22 Stanford baseball team (13-11,
3-3 Pac-10) continued its struggles Wednes-
day, falling to visiting Saint Mary’s 7-3 at
The Cardinal has now lost five of its last
six after a promising start to the season.
The same problems that have haunted the
Cardinal all season — wild pitching and a
lack of clutch hitting — came into play
Stanford outhit the visiting Gaels eight to
five, but Cardinal pitchers issued seven free
passes (and hit a batter) and Saint Mary’s
capitalized on the miscues.
The Cardinal jumped out to an early 2-0
lead in the bottom of the second on a pair of
RBI singles by freshman third baseman
Kenny Diekroeger and junior shortstop Jake
The lead was short lived, however, as the
Gaels pushed across five runs — on only one
hit — in the top of the third.
Freshman pitcher Garrett Hughes, who
came on in the second inning, suddenly lost
his control in the third, walking four batters
and leaving with two outs and the bases
loaded with a run already in.Another fresh-
man reliever, Dean McArdle, came on and
was greeted rudely by Gaels’ third baseman
Patrick Wisdom, who crushed a grand slam.
It would be the first of two home runs on
the day for Wisdom — he added a two-run
shot in the top of the sixth off the otherwise
effective junior Danny Sandbrink.
Hughes (0-1) took the loss for Stanford.
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NOTES: Stanford has lost its last three games
and five of its last six, including losing a con-
ference series to UCLA. The team will look to