BLOOMINGTON – Wayne Taylor’s pinch-hit, three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning helped Stanford stay alive with a 10-7 win over Indiana in the NCAA’s Bloomington regional on Sunday.
Stanford (33-24) and Indiana (44-14) will meet again for the regional championship Monday night.
The Cardinal trailed 6-4 when Taylor sent Jake Kelzer’s pitch over the left-center field wall.
Stanford added three insurance runs in the ninth, including Zach Hoffpauir’s RBI triple. Hoffpauir and Austin Slater, who extended his career-best hitting streak to 21 games, each had three hits.
Indiana led the entire game until Taylor’s blast, jumping ahead with a three-run first inning. Sam Travis, Kyle Schwarber and Scott Donley each finished with two hits. Donley drove in two runs.
Hoffpauir and Brant Whiting hit back-to-back solo home runs for Stanford in the second inning. A.J. Vanegas (3-3) earned the win after throwing a season-high 5 1/3 innings of relief.
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