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) into 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.
Youngstown State eliminated Indiana State 5-2.
Stanford qualified six more athletes to the NCAA track and field championships, bringing its total to 14 for the June 11-14 meet in Eugene, Oregon. Final-day qualifiers from the West Prelims at Fayetteville, Arkansas, were Michael Atchoo (1,500 meters, 3:45.11), Darian Brooks (triple jump, 52-3/4) 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.
Cal qualified five more athletes: Thomas Joyce (1,500, 3:41.28), Milan Ristic (110 hurdles, 13.63), Derek White (discus, 185-5) and Jonte Grant (triple jump, 51-71/4) among the men and Kelsey Santisteban (5,000, 16:10.60) among the women. Cal's 1,600 men's relay team also advanced.
Former Montana guard Travis DeCuire returned to the Grizzlies as their 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 team won all four of its semifinal races at the Intercollegiate Racing Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey, highlighted by a win 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.
Cal earned the top seed for the championship round of the Collegiate Championship in Philadelphia with wins over Drexel (36-0) and Maryland (40-5). Captain Seamus Kelly had two tries against Drexel. Paul Bosco had two tries against Maryland.
San Jose Giants
San Jose had just three hits in a 4-0 loss at Inland Empire. Alex Allbritton's two-run double in the sixth inning gave Inland Empire the four-run lead. Giants starter Ryan Bradley (0-3) suffered the loss, allowing two runs and six hits in 42/3 innings.
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.