Stanford will likely have the Pac-12 baseball player of the week.
The school staffer in charge of making the nomination will have a tough call to make with plenty of qualified candidates.
Second-ranked Stanford wrapped up a three-game sweep of Oregon with a 10-0 win Saturday afternoon in front of 1,663 at PK Park. After holding on for a 5-4 win Thursday, the Cardinal combined to beat the Ducks 30-5 in a 24-hour span with the middle of its order taking turns rounding the bases.
Andrew Daschbach and Brandon Wulff each homered Saturday as the Cardinal totaled 10 home runs in the series.
Wulff went 7-for-10 with four homers, two doubles, nine runs and eight RBIs against the Ducks. Daschbach finish the weekend with six hits, including three homers, to go with seven runs and five RBIs.
Maverick Handley went 6-for-12 and scored five times while combining to hit for the cycle during the series. The most versatile Cardinal was Will Matthiessen, who went 4-for-10 with four RBIs and four runs and allowed two hits and one earned run in five innings pitched Friday.
With top-ranked UCLA losing to Cal on Friday, the Cardinal could move up to No. 1 in the national polls.
“Obviously, that is a real good club,” Oregon senior designated hitter Jakob Goldfarb said. “Thursday was promising because we came out and played them tough. We’d love to have gotten that win, at least one would have been nice.”
The Cardinal became the first Pac-12 team to sweep a series at PK since Oregon State did so nearly two years ago. Stanford (27-6) has swept four of its five conference series this season to move into first place at 13-2.
“Offensively, they were awfully consistent and strong,” UO coach George Horton said. “They made this ballpark look tiny. They played awfully well and we were not a worthy opponent.”
Oregon (22-16) entered the weekend knowing a win or two over the Cardinal could give its postseason hopes a strong surge, but instead fell into sixth place at 7-8 in the Pac-12 as it prepares to head out on the road in consecutive weeks.
“We talk about having some resiliency and toughness and attitude, but I thought today was an awful performance, quite frankly,” Horton said.
For the second game in a row, Stanford scored five runs in the first inning.
Kyle Stowers walked to open the inning and Wulff walked with one out before Matthiessen singled in a run.
Daschbach walked to load the bases before Tim Tawa hit a sacrifice fly. Nick Brueser singled in Matthiessen before Brandon Dieter hit a two-run single.
UO starter Tyler Frazier allowed all five runs before Kolby Somers relieved him to get the final out of the inning.
“It’s tough when you are down 5-0 to climb out of that hole, especially when you have a guy throwing 95 with a good slider,” Goldfarb said.
Stanford starter Erik Miller struck out the first five Ducks before Evan Williams walked in the second inning and Goldfarb followed with a single. Miller struck out 11 in six innings as Oregon was shut out for the first time all season.
Daschbach hit a solo homer in the third inning to stretch the lead to 6-0.
Somers walked Wolff and Matthiessen in the sixth before Ryne Nelson came out of the bullpen to walk Daschbach. Tim Tawa followed with a two-run single to put the Cardinal ahead 8-0.
Nico Tellache walked Handley to open the ninth before Wulff hit a home run to left field that was estimated at 450 feet when it hit high off the light pole.
“I’ve never seen anyone hit the ball that far in this ballpark,” Horton said.