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Pac-12 Tournament Day 1 Recap: Moore Launches Stanford’s Win

 Leif Skodnick - World Baseball Network  |    May 22nd, 2024 9:39am EDT

Malcolm Moore of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates his home run. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)

No. 8 Stanford 8, No. 5 Arizona State 7 – Malcolm Moore clubbed two dingers in an eight-run fourth inning for Stanford, which held off a late rally by Arizona State to win their opening game of the Pac-12 Baseball Tournament 8-7.

Moore led off the fourth with a solo homer, Jimmy Nati had a three-run double, and Moore later clubbed a two-run homer as the Cardinal batted around in the fourth.

Stanford snapped a 10-game losing streak with the win.

The Sun Devils chipped away at the lead, scoring one run in the fourth, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth, getting a two-run homer from Eamonn Lance to cut the lead to 8-4.

Arizona State added three more in the ninth, cutting the lead to 8-7. With runners at the corners and two outs, ASU’s Kien Vu flew out to left field to end the game.

Stanford will play Oregon State on Wednesday at 1 p.m. EDT, and Arizona State will play Oregon State on Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT.

No. 4 Southern California 7, No. 7 Utah 6 – Southern California came from behind with a three-run eighth inning to edge Utah 7-6 in their opening game of the Pac-12 Tournament.

Kevin Takeuchi hit a lead-off double to start the eight, and Austin Overn followed with a single. Ethan Hedges hit a sac fly to score Takeuchi, and Overn tagged up to take second and advanced to third on the play when he caught the Utes napping. Bryce Martin-Grudzielanek singled home Overn to tie the game. Brayden Dowd followed with a double to left, driving in the game-winning run for the Trojans.

Utah will face Oregon at 5:30 p.m. EST on Wednesday, while Southern California will face Oregon at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday.

No. 6 California 12, No. 9 Washington 0 (7 Innings) – California starting pitcher Andres Galan allowed two hits in 6.1 innings of work, keeping Washington off the basepaths and the scoreboard as the Bears rolled to a 12-0 win in seven innings in their opener at the Pac-12 Tournament.

Cal scored three in the third, four in the fifth, and five in the sixth,

PJ Moutzouridis went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBI for the Bears, and Max Handron went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and three RBI of his own.

California will face Arizona on Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT, while Washington will face Arizona on Wednesday at 10 p.m. EDT, hoping to stave off elimination.

All games can be watched on the Pac 12 channel and app.

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