Stanford's Austin Slater had a solo home run and an RBI double, but host Indiana edged the Cardinal 4-2 on Saturday in the Bloomington Regional of the NCAA baseball tournament.
Stanford's John Hochstatter allowed four runs in 71/3 innings in front of a Bart Kaufman Field record crowd of 4,312. It was Hochstatter's first loss since Feb. 15.
"They are a very veteran team, a lot of older players, and they are very dangerous throughout the lineup," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said.
Indiana (44-13) never trailed on its way to the regional final. The Cardinal had the game tied in the first inning 1-1, but single runs by the Hoosiers in the third, fifth and eighth pushed Stanford (31-24) to a loser's bracket game against Youngstown State (17-37) at 10 a.m. (PT) on Sunday. The winner faces Indiana at 3 p.m.
"The good news is we didn't use a lot of arms tonight," Marquess said. Cal won its pool and earned the top seed for the championship round of the Collegiate Rugby Championship in Philadelphia with wins over Drexel (36-0) and Maryland (40-5). The Bears face Penn State in the quarterfinals Sunday. Captain Seamus Kelly had two tries against Drexel. Paul Bosco had two tries against Maryland. Five more Cal athletes qualified for the NCAA track and filed championships on the final day of the West Prelims in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Thomas Joyce had a personal best of 3 minutes, 41.28 seconds in the men's 1,500 meters. Milan Ristic had a new legal PR in the 110 hurdles in 13.63 seconds. Derek White threw the discus 185 feet, 5 inches, and Jonte Grant went 51-71/4 in the triple jump. Though she was already heading to Eugene, Oregon, on June 11-14 in the 10,000 meters, Kelsey Santisteban qualified in the 5,000 in 16:10.60. Cal's 1,600 men's relay team also advanced.
Stanford qualified six more on the final day: Michael Atchoo (1,500, 3:45.11), Darian Brooks (triple jump, 52-0 3/4) and Joe Rosa (5,000, 14:12.86) among the men; and Aisling Cuffe (5,000, 15:55.16), Jessica Tonn (5,000, 16:19.36) and Rebecca Mehra (1,500, 4:19.90) among the women. Former Montana guard Travis DeCuire returned to the Grizzlies as men's basketball coach. He spent the past six seasons as an assistant on coach Mike Montgomery's staff at Cal. He replaces Wayne Tinkle, who left to coach Oregon State. DeCuire set school career and single-season assists records at Montana from 1992-94. Montgomery retired in April and publicly endorsed DeCuire as his replacement at Cal. The Cal men's crew won all four of its semifinal races at the Intercollegiate Racing Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey, highlighted by a victory in the varsity eight at Mercer Lake. Sunday's Grand Finals in each event will determine the champion. Stanford sent its two boats to the "C" finals -- the varsity eight and second varsity eight. The Cal women's crew will have an opportunity to defend its NCAA championship in the varsity eight and race for titles in the second varsity and varsity four as each boat advanced to Grand Finals at Eagle Creek Park in Indianapolis. Stanford also advanced all three boats to the Grand Finals.
Reno Rebel scored a 21/4-length win in his turf debut -- the $30,960 feature at Golden Gate Fields. Reno Rebel, ridden by Dennis Carr, ran 11/16 miles in 1:44.82. The 9-to-5 favorite won in his first start for trainer Steve Sherman. The 3-year-old had made his previous five starts at Santa Anita for Steve's father, Art, who next Saturday will try to win the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown with California Chrome.
Youngstown State 5, Indiana State 2, ISU eliminated
Indiana 4, Stanford 2
Youngstown State (17-37) vs. Stanford (31-24), 10 a.m.
Stanford-YSU winner vs. Indiana (44-13), 3 p.m.