The Stanford Cardinal have advanced to their 13th Super Regional in their school's history after fighting off a hungry Pepperdine squad Sunday night at Sunken Diamond to claim the Palo Alto regional by the score of 8-7.
The Cardinal came back from an early four-run deficit after Pepperdine scored four times in the top of the first. Stephen Piscotty kept the Cardinal in the game as it made its comeback, retiring 12 in a row from the final out of the first inning until one out in the fifth. Stanford would take the lead for good in the fourth after a two-out, five-run rally, though the Wave tried valiantly to fight back.
Pepperdine scored three more times on four straight hits against Piscotty to make it 8-7 in the seventh, But Sahil Bloom would come on and hold Pepperdine scoreless over the final 2.2 innings to earn his first save of the year and hold Piscotty's five win of the year.
Stanford (41-16) will now travel to Tallahassee, Florida to take on national No. 3 seed Florida State in next weekend's best-of-3 Super Regional for the chance to make it to their 17th College World Series appearance. Game dates and times are yet to be announced
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