STANFORD — Alex Blandino’s three-run homer in the fourth inning put Stanford ahead to stay, and the Cardinal held on for an 8-7 win over Pepperdine on Sunday night to advance to an NCAA Super Regional.
The Cardinal (41-17) will square off against Florida State (45-15) on the road in a best-of-three Super Regional series. The winner will advance to the College World Series. Both teams were top seeds in four-team regionals they played at home.
The Waves scored four runs in the top of the first inning, with Floyd Given’s two-run double the key blow.
The Cardinal scored a single run in the first inning and two in the third before charging ahead with a five-run rally in the fourth.
Stephen Piscotty got the win, allowing seven runs (four earned) in 6¹⁄³ innings. The Cardinal’s No. 3 hitter, Piscotty also had two hits, two walks and an RBI. Sahil Bloom earned the save with 2²⁄³ scoreless innings.
Stanford won all three of its games in the regional.