Stanford baseball stays alive in NCAA tourney with pair of wins 

click to enlarge The Stanford bench erupts after Wayne Taylor’s homer put the Cardinal in front in the top of the eighth inning vs. Indiana. - DOUG MCSCHOOLER/AP
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  • The Stanford bench erupts after Wayne Taylor’s homer put the Cardinal in front in the top of the eighth inning vs. Indiana.

BLOOMINGTON, IND. -- Wayne Taylor's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning helped Stanford stay alive with a 10-7 win over Indiana in the NCAA's Bloomington regional on Sunday.

Stanford (33-24) and Indiana (44-14) will meet again for the regional championship today.

The Cardinal trailed 6-4 when Taylor sent Jake Kelzer's pitch over the left-center field wall.

Stanford added three insurance runs in the ninth, including Zach Hoffpauir's RBI triple. Hoffpauir and Austin Slater, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 21 games, each had three hits.

Indiana led the entire game until Taylor's blast, jumping ahead with a three-run first inning. Sam Travis, Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley each finished with two hits. Donley drove in two runs.

Hoffpauir and Brant Whiting hit back-to-back solo home runs for Stanford in the second inning.

A.J. Vanegas (3-3) earned the win after throwing a season-high 5.1 innings of relief.

Earlier in the day, Stanford's Danny Diekroeger hit a three-run homer, Brett Hanewich set a career high in strikeouts and Stanford eliminated Youngstown State with a 12-4 win.

Highlighted by back-to-back home runs by Diekroeger and Alex Blandino, Stanford scored six runs in the second inning, beginning with consecutive run-scoring singles from Brett Michael Doran and Tommy Edman.

Hanewich settled in after a rocky start, tossing seven innings, scattering three hits and striking out nine.

The victory against Youngstown State set up the game against Indiana.

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