Stanford eliminates Youngstown State, advances to play Hoosiers in final

Stanford first baseman Danny Diekroeger and third baseman Alex Blandino hit back-to-back home runs to spark a six-run second inning to lead the Cardinal to a 12-4 win over Youngstown State in the NCAA Bloomington Regional at Bart Kaufman Field on Sunday.

The No. 3 seed Cardinal (32-24) advance to play No. 1 seed Indiana at 6 p.m. today. The Hoosiers can clinch the regional with a win. If Stanford wins, the two teams play again tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to the super regionals.

Diekroger was 3-for-4 with two runs, and his homer was a three-run blast. Blandino’s was a solo shot, but he drove in two runs. Designated hitter Dominic Jose also dove in a pair.

Pitcher Brett Hanewich gave up two runs by walking two and hitting another in the first with both of them scoring on an error by Diekroeger at first. He still struck out the side that inning and didn’t allow another run in his next six innings. He struck out nine, holding the Cardinal to three hits while walking just three.

The Cardinal will pitch left-hander Logan James against Indiana.