The Stanford baseball team's chances for an NCAA tournament bid took a hit in a 10-1 loss to Washington State at Klein Field at Sunken Diamond on Sunday.
The Cougars scored five runs in the eighth inning and three times in the ninth to break open a tight game.
The Cardinal (26-23, 13-14 Pac-12) came up short of a three-game sweep.
Logan James (2-3) kept Stanford close by allowing just two runs in seven innings.
"They played much better than we did, and they pitched a little better even though James pitched well," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "Logan pitched well enough for us to win the game."
Stanford was out-hit for the first time in the series, 12-5. Austin Slater had two hits, including an RBI double in the fifth, to extend his hitting streak to 13 straight games. The double made it 2-1, where the score stood until the devastating eighth inning.
Despite the loss, Stanford won its third straight Pac-12 series. Marquess said, "We really have had some good starting pitching the last few series. That's why we have been able to win two out of three the last three weekends."
The Cardinal plays its last home game Monday against Pacific starting at 5:30 p.m. Stanford finishes its regular season Friday-Sunday at Utah.
The Stanford men's team placed sixth (71 points) and the women's team tied for third (75) at the Pac-12 championships at Washington State. Cal men were eighth (67), and the women ninth (44.50). Oregon won both the men's (163.25) and women's (173) titles. Stanford's Darian Brooks won the men's triple jump on the last attempt of the competition, breaking a school record that stood since 1970. Brooks went 52 feet, 6¾ to win by 17 inches. He surpassed Allen Meredith's Stanford mark of 52-3.
Stanford junior Patrick Rodgers was named winner of the 2014 Ben Hogan Award by the Colonial Country Club, the Friends of Golf and the Golf Coaches Association of America during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. By winning the award, he received an exemption to the PGA Tour's 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial CC. Also, Stanford earned a $25,000 grant for its men's golf scholarship program.
No. 1 Washington and No. 2 Cal finished 1-2 in all four races, with the Huskies edging the Bears in the varsity eight to claim the Pac-12 men's crew title at Gold River. Stanford placed third. The Cardinal finished first in three of four races to claim the women's title ahead of Washington. Cal was third.
San Jose Giants
Visalia scored three runs in both the first and second innings en route to an 11-3 rout of visiting San Jose. Giants starter Joe Kurrasch (1-1) lasted just two innings.